Lecture discusses history through outhouses on Nov. 9

Robert E. Lee III will discuss what he has learned about history through his excavations of long-abandoned outhouses on at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 9, in the Perkins Student Center Multipurpose Room. This lecture is free and open to the public.

Lee explains that outhouses were often used to discard broken household items and objects that families no longer wanted. During this presentation, he will share stories about some of the more remarkable artifacts he has uncovered through his more than 350 digs, such as a child’s denture plate held in place with gold pins and a single-shot pistol dating back to the mid-1800s. His findings suggest that these sites are a wealth of information about how people lived.

Although there are thousands of “diggers” in the country who excavate for profit, Lee does it for the love of history. Artifacts from some of his excavations will be on display for audience members to view.

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This event is sponsored by the Penn State Berks Arts and Lecture series. For more information, contact the Office of Campus Life at 610-396-6076.