TUSCARAWAS -- A collaborative history event will be March 26 at 6:30 p.m. at the Tuscarawas Branch Library in the village of Tuscarawas.
Jon Baker, historical writer, will begin the event with a presentation on the history of the watershed, which encompasses Wainwright and the village of Tuscarawas.
The Tuscarawas County Historical Society will also attend with photographs and mining equipment. However, the most important part of the evening will be area residents, who it is hoped will bring memorabilia, photos and post cards from the past.
Gabriel Riggle, Mud Run Watershed AmeriCorps Member, said, "The photos will be scanned and they will be posted on the Mud Run web site for everyone to see and appreciate."
The Ohio Department of Natural Resources has asked that those with historic underground mining maps bring them to the meeting. The department would like to scan them, and add them to their database to ensure a complete record of existing mines in the area. The maps will be promptly returned at a later date.
Riggle said, "Please dig out those old photos, grab a friend and join us for an exciting and educational night of memories of our watershed."
The Village of Tuscarawas Branch Library is located on Main Street (Route 415 ) in the village of Tuscarawas Coffee and Steineck's donuts will be provided.
The Mud Run Watershed Stream Keepers is a partnership working to improve the quality of the watershed, rebuild the Eco-system and better the community. Mud Run is located just south of New Philadelphia in Warwick Township. Historic unregulated coal mining has left the stream's 7.8 miles stained orange with metals and heavily polluted.
The Stream Keepers work with local schools, volunteers, landowners, and government agencies to promote restoration and stewardship. Contact Gabriel Riggle at 330-359-1050, email@example.com or www.facebook.com/mudrunwatershed for information.
Mud Run is supported by Rural Action, whose mission is to foster social, economic, and environmental justice in Appalachian Ohio.
Learn more at www.ruralaction.org.