Outhouse Archaeology with Mark Youngblood

Posted: April 4, 2016

Discover a unique way of unearthing history with amateur privy excavator and bottle collector Mark Youngblood at the Chippewa Valley Museum on Saturday, May 14, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Mark has over 30 years of experience locating and excavating old outhouse sites, which were often used as household trash dumps in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Once considered trash, items recovered at these sites--including antique bottles and other glassware--are now the treasures of collectors and hobbyists.

Mark will share some of his methods for digging privies, stories from the field, and a few of his favorite finds--including items found in sites around the Chippewa Valley.

The presentation is included with regular museum admission, which is $7 for adults and $4 for kids age 5 to 17; kids under age 5 and museum members are free.

The Chippewa Valley Museum is located in Eau Claire's scenic Carson Park. Contact Liz Reuter at 715-834-7871 or l.reuter@cvmuseum.com for more information.

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