“A Photographic History of the Saltville, VA, Well-Fields” will be the topic of an upcoming lecture at the East Tennessee State University and General Shale Brick Natural History Museum and Visitor Center at the Gray Fossil Site on Saturday, October 5th, at 1:00 p.m.  The event is free and open to the public.

The talk will be given by Brian Compton, preparator at ETSU and General Shale Brick Natural History Museum and adjunct instructor of history at ETSU. Compton has worked in the museum’s prep lab, with university-led excavations, and he has done surveying for the museum since 2004. He earned a Bachelor’s and Master’s in History as well as a Master’s in Teaching from ETSU.

“With my background in history and my work helping excavate in Saltville, I felt it would be beneficial to look at the changes in Saltville through the years,” said Compton. “I love looking at old photographs and learning about the past. This will be a great way for scientists studying about the Ice Age fossil site in Saltville to truly understand what kinds of excavations have been done through the years.”

Historical photographs taken of the Saltville well-fields, most of which were taken between 1890 to today, will demonstrate how the valley has changed over time. The presentation will focus attention on the Saltville excavations sites led by ETSU, as well as digs that have been undertaken by various institutions. The presentation will also include a brief history about Saltville.

Compton’s “Photographic History of the Saltville, VA, Well-Fields” presentation is part of the lunchtime lecture series hosted by the museum and is sponsored by the ETSU Don Sundquist Center of Excellence in Paleontology.  Interested persons should visit www.etsu.edu/naturalhistorymuseum for dates and times of future lectures.

The museum is open Tuesday-Saturday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.  For more information, or to arrange special assistance for persons with disabilities, call (866) 202-6223.

Contact Information:
Name: ETSU Natural History Musuem
Phone: (423) 439-3659
Email: grayfossilmuseum@etsu.edu