Milton museum host speakers

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Milton Renaissance Foundation Museum and Visitors Center will host two special presentations during the month of September. On Saturday, Sept. 8, the museum will feature an “Arrowhead Festival,” which will include an encore visit by popular North Carolina collector, Arthur Tillett, and the premier appearance of Mark Joyner and Buddy Hearn. Both Joyner and Hearn are Virginia historians and preservationists, active in Native American studies. Hearn will be demonstrating the art of arrowhead making on site.

On Saturday, Sept. 15, Dr. Bart Ganzert of Winston Salem State University, will present the literary accomplishments of legendary Milton Chronicle newspaper editor, Charles Napoleon Bonaparte Evans. Editor Evans created the pseudonym, Jesse Holmes, in order to communicate his thoughts to and chastisement of area Miltonians, earning the nickname, “The Fool Killer.” Evans’ work was widely circulated in newspapers around the country in his day.

For the Arrowhead Festival event, Joyner will be one of the three featured speakers. Joyner is the founder and project director for The Association for the Study of Archaeological Properties, LLC. ASAP has worked in many states.

The purpose of ASAP is to work with state historic organization, cities, towns and private landowners to help them understand the importance of archaeological sites so they can become better stewards of the land. Joyner moved from northern Virginia in 2005 to the Chatham area to study Native American Indian Archaeological sites, having attended James Madison University, studying prehistory through the Paleo and Archaic Native American Indian periods, through the American Civil War to present history.

ASAP currently works with the Department of Historic Resources and Preservation Virginia in locating and registering archaeological sites. Joyner has been on the board of directors with the Pittsylvania County Historical

Society and is currently the president of the City of Danville Historical Society and is also the Co-Founder of Preserve Our Indian National Treasure’s, “POINTs”, LLC.

Buddy Hearn is the founder and president of Preserve Our Indian National Treasure’s, “POINTs,” LLC. Hearn himself is part Native American Indian, of the Shawnee Indian tribe, and has been studying the native American culture since the 1960s. Hearn has also worked with Preservation Virginia and Department of Historic Resources and ASAP to register local Native American Indian sites in multiple states and counties. He is a current member of the Pittsylvania County Historical Society and is currently helping ASAP in locating Native American village sites and registering them with the Department of Historical Resources and local agencies. POINTs purpose is to educate people to help them to identify Native American artifacts and sites for preservation, protection and studied for further understanding of our Native American History.

Hearn, being Native American, has learned the technique of knapping stone tools and arrowheads, showing how early Native American’s utilized the resources available at the time thousands of years ago. POINTs will demonstrate how to recreate these stone cutting techniques when Early Americans manufactured their stone tools.

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