Artifact hunters display local finds at Appanoose Museum’s annual show

Appanoose Museum officially closed for the season after Sunday’s annual artifact show. The gymnasium of the old school turned into a museum was filled with local collectors’ displays, with many of the artifacts found in Osage and Franklin counties.

Alan Fine, of Topeka, below, displayed his collection of artifacts Sunday at Appanoose Museum, most of which he found within three miles of Quenemo, where he used to live. He’s hunted arrowheads for more than 40 years, mostly in Osage County, where he’s found many artifacts thought to be from Native American camps on the Sac and Fox reservation. The Sac and Fox agency was located at Quenemo from about 1850 to 1870, according to Fine.

The museum is located at 600 Shawnee Road, northwest of Pomona. It features an early day classroom, a 1920s farm kitchen and bedroom, and many historical items and collections connected to Franklin and Osage counties. The artifact show is an annual event at the museum, usually held the last of September.

The museum is open on Sundays from Memorial Day through August. For more information, call 785-665-7576.

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