The Saginaw Valley Chapter of the Michigan Archaeological Society will hold its monthly meeting here at the Castle Museum on Thursday, 6 November 2014 at 7:00 PM. Come join us for what should prove to be an interesting program. Visitors are always welcome! The official meeting notice is copied below.
Saginaw Valley Chapter
November chapter meeting notice
Date: Thursday, November 6, 2014
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Castle Museum of Saginaw County History, 500 Federal Ave,. Saginaw, MI 48607
In October, 2014, after reading the book…”Treasure in a Cornfield” by Greg Hawley, Don and Phyllis Simons visited the STEAMBOAT ARABIA MUSEUM in Kansas City, Missouri on their trip to Colorado. Late in the day on September 5, 1856, heading upstream from Kansas City the Arabia hit a submerged tree trunk and began to sink. The 130 passengers fled safely to shore and the 171 foot ship and over 200 tons of trade goods and general store merchandise went to the bottom. Soon the strong currents undercut the hull and the ship went deeper into the bottom. More floating trees tore off the superstructure and in one week it was out of sight. Over the years the river channel moved and the ship was buried for 132 years; until, beginning in 1988, four men and their families retrieved the entire contents and parts of the ship from 35 to 45 feet below the surface of a cornfield. Undertaking the preservation and to share the rich inventory of the Arabia the group decided to create a museum funded entirely with private money.
Located in the old riverfront area the museum exhibits the peerless display of over 2 million items of merchandise and ship artifacts. The Simons spent 5 hours exploring the unique inventory and purchased a professional quality DVD which tells the story of the return of “The Great White Arabia”.
The DVD and Simons photos showing a range of displays will be shown and described at the Saginaw Chapter Program.