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Archaeology of the Founder's Family: Investigating the home of Minerva Peet Fuller

Date: Monday, September 10, 2018, 7:00 p.m.

Location: Godfrey Anthropology Building, Room 102

Speaker: Dr. Jeff Behm, UW-Oshkosh

About: In 2006, Beloit College students, faculty, and staff and community volunteers exposed and excavated part of an 1840s-1850s house site at the parking lot behind the college's Guest House. The house belonged to Minerva B. Fuller and was home to Minerva, her son Charles, and a Norwegian immigrant young woman named Julia. We recently discovered that Minerva was the sister of Beloit College founder Stephen Peet: her full name was Minerva Beulah Peet Fuller. This presentation summarizes the documentary record and the archaeological findings - structures, pit features, artifacts, and animal bones - and discusses the site's significance in terms of campus archaeology and family, college, and community history.

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