What’s new at Mu? Brown Bag Lunch with Newark Earthworks details

On Tuesday, the Massillon Museum’s Brown Bag Lunch program will feature storyteller Dr. John L. Low, director of the Newark Earthworks Center. Its program will begin at 12:10 p.m. and end at 12:50 p.m. to accommodate those attending their lunch hours.

Strong points

John N. Low, a registered citizen of the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians, earned a doctorate in American culture, a graduate certificate in museum studies, and a doctorate in law from the University of Michigan; a Bachelor of Arts from Michigan State University; a Bachelor of Arts in Native American Studies from the University of Minnesota; and a master’s degree in social sciences from the University of Chicago. He is an associate professor at The Ohio State University. An award-winning author, his most recent book is Imprints, the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi and the City of Chicago (2016).

The Newark Earthworks are the largest geometric earthen enclosures in the world. Already a National Historic Landmark, in 2006 the State of Ohio designated the Newark Earthworks as “the official state prehistoric monument.” Built by people of the ancient Hopewell culture between 100 BC and 500 AD, it was part cathedral, part cemetery and part astronomical observatory. While it originally encompassed over four square miles, only three sections remain: the Great Circle Earthworks, the Octagon Earthworks, and the Wright Earthworks. The site has been nominated by the US Department of the Interior for possible inclusion on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

The presentation complements MassMu’s 2022 NEA Big Read book selection, “An American Sunrise,” by Muscogee author Joy Harjo, American Poet Laureate. The NEA Big Read is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.

Why attend?

Admission to Brown Bag Lunches is free and no reservations are required. The museum offers free cookies and coffee to attendees. Guests can bring their own lunch or purchase sandwiches, salad, and smoothies from the Greatness Cafe in the museum lobby.


WHAT – MassMu Brown Bag Lunch Program, “The Newark Earthworks”

WHEN – 12:10 p.m. Tuesday.

OR – Massillon Museum, 121 Lincoln Way East, downtown Massillon.

AFTER – massillonmuseum.org or 330-833-4061

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