History program on significant Grand Meadow quarry Sept. 26

A program on the archaeological significance of a Grand Meadow quarry will be featured at the next Mower County Historical Society “2019 Lunchbox History Series” at noon on Wednesday, Sept. 26, in Austin.

"The Grand Meadow Quarry: Its Discovery and Special Importance” will be presented by Tom Trow. Doors of the Pioneer Building at the Historical Society in Austin will open at 11:30 a.m. for this free event

Trow and Lee Radzak, former archaeologists for the Minnesota Historical Society, investigated a report made by Mower County resident Maynard Green about deep holes in a five-acre woods north of Grand Meadow. What they found was both surprising and unique to Minnesota’s past: a large pre-contact Native American site that has been of special significance for thousands of years.

Trow most recently has worked at Twin Cities Public Television as the executive in charge of over 125 documentary productions for broadcast TV, all created in partnership with Minnesota nonprofits and state agencies. Nine of those programs have won Emmy Awards for TPT. Previously, he was the first outreach administrator at the University of Minnesota where he served as the director of Community and Cultural Affairs for the College of Liberal Arts. Before all that, he was a professional archaeologist, working with the Minnesota Historical Society.

As the field director for the Statewide Archaeological Survey, Trow brought a crew of researchers to southeastern Minnesota, to investigate the archaeological history of the lands that drain through the Root River. It was then he came to Mower County and investigated the most important archaeological site in the county.

Randal J. Forster, MCHS executive director is “thrilled to have Tom Trow visiting the Historical Society, so he can share his knowledge about the Chert Quarry in Grand Meadow.” The Historical Society recently opened a new exhibit entitled, “Prehistoric Mower County - featuring the Maynard Green Collection,” so this special presentation will give visitors an opportunity to hear from someone who was there when the site was first explored in the early 1980s.

Mower County Historical Society is a not-for-profit organization that began in 1947 with the goal of preserving the history of Mower County. The mission of the Mower County Historical Society is to discover, collect, preserve and share the history of Mower County and relate it to the history of the state of Minnesota.