National Park Service News Release
Learn about archeology and Lincoln's first elementary school! The National Park Service's Midwest Archeological Center, in partnership with Lincoln Public Schools and Community Learning Centers, will host Archeology Day at McPhee Elementary, the site of the old Capitol School, from 1:00 to 4:00 pm on Saturday, April 16. Archeologists will discuss the results of investigations at McPhee during this event, and will offer hands-on activities for all ages.
The Midwest Archeological Center, with help from McPhee CLC students, will conduct archeological survey at the site on April 5. This team will apply geophysical survey techniques to learn what still remains of the old Capitol School, which was built in 1886 and replaced by the current McPhee Elementary building in 1964. Geophysical instruments offer a view below the ground surface without tearing it up, detecting potential buried architecture and artifacts. This information adds to historic knowledge and can be used to predict what excavations might uncover.
For more on the history of the old Capitol School, visit http://mcphee.lps.org/about/McPheeHistory.html. For more on the Midwest Archeological Center, visit http://www.nps.gov/mwac/, or find them at https://www.facebook.com/NPSMWAC.