Ohio History Journal

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IT gives us great pleasure to record that a beginning has

been made in the work of effectually preserving the mounds

and earthworks of our State.   The celebrated Serpent

mound, on the Lovett farm, near the northern border of

Adams county, has been purchased for the Trustees of the

Peabody Museum of American Archaeology and Ethnology

of Cambridge, Mass., and henceforth will be sacredly pre-

served by them for the study of future archaeologists. This

purchase has come about through the enlightened interest of

Professor F. W. Putnam, curator of this museum, and Pro-

fessor of American Archaeology and Ethnology in Harvard

University. Upon observing the ravages which time and

the elements were making with this most valuable archaeolog-

ical relic, he called the attention of some of his friends to

the importance of immediate action. Professor Putnam's

own account of the steps toward the purchase of this mound

are worthy of preservation. We quote from a communica-

tion made by him to the Cincinnati Post, June 4, 1887.

"Four years ago I visited the famous Serpent mound in

Adams county. Last fall, in company with Mr. Kimball, I

revisited the mound, and found that it had suffered much

from wash-outs since my former visit. It was evident that if

steps were not at once taken for its preservation it would

soon be a thing of the past. This led me to write a letter

which was published in the Boston Herald, and was widely

copied by the press. About that time Miss Alice C.

Fletcher, who is so well known for her efficient work among

and for the Omaha Indians, and from the papers she has

written relative to the Indians, knowing of my desire to save

several of the prehistoric monuments of Ohio from destruc-

tion, mentioned it at a lunch party of Boston ladies in New-

port, and interested them to such an extent that they

opened a correspondence with me, stating that they were