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Campus Martius Museum readies February events

Warren E. Offenburger talks with Bob Lane about his hand-crafted guns on display at the annual Contemporary Gunmakers and Allied Artists Show during the 2020 event at Campus Martius Museum in Marietta. The event returns this year on Feb. 13. (File Photo)

MARIETTA — The Campus Martius Museum will hold a pair of events in early February at the museum at Second and Washington streets.

The monthly Brown Baggin’ Thru History will continue Feb. 5 at noon. The program is free due to the support of the Washington County Public Library.

Reservations are required with a limit of 30 by calling 740-373-3750. The program is available through Zoom as well by calling or emailing the museum to request the link.

The guest speaker for February will be Dr. Nicholas Newman, Headmaster at Veritas Classical Academy in Marietta. His topic will be “Rome on the Muskingum: How Rome Helped Build the United States.”

Driving down the Sacra Via from the Capitolium toward the Campus Martius Museum, it is hard to overlook the fact that the early settlers of Marietta were looking to the Romans as they built up their new city. This focus on Roman antiquity mirrors a larger fascination with the Romans felt not only by those building the United States, but one that has shaped European culture since the fall of the Roman Empire.

Native American style bead work was among the other popular crafted items that could be found at the annual Contemporary Gunmakers and Allied Artists Show at the 2020 event in Marietta. (File Photo)

In the presentation, participants will discuss how the local settlers built Rome into their new city, and look at how the founding fathers of the United States called on Roman imagery and ideas in their creation of a new nation, George Washington being compared, for example, to the Roman hero Cincinnatus. The program will also include discussions of how the Roman influence and imagery seen in the United States differs from that found in the imperial European powers.

The next program in February will be the annual Contemporary Gunmakers and Allied Artists Show from 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Feb. 13.

The cost will be regular museum admission.

From the first arrival of the Ohio Company settlers to present day, the area has always been the forefront of quality craftsmanship. Firearms were an essential tool in everyday life and used not only for hunting but for competition shooting. The makers of these longrifles took great pride in their workmanship in the same manner as today’s craftsmen do their work.

Campus Martius will feature the work of several dozen traditional gunmakers from around the Ohio Valley as well as several other craftsmen who work in the manner of the 18th and 19th centuries. Many of these artists are nationally recognized for their work, which can be found in museums and private collections around the country.

People walked around to each booth to discuss the hand crafted items on display at the annual Contemporary Gunmakers and Allied Artists Show last year at the Campus Martius Museum in Marietta. (File Photo)

Featured along with the gunmakers will be horn makers, hunting bag makers, leather workers, tinsmithing, cabinet making and other allied trades.

Standard pandemic guidelines will be followed during the exhibit, including masks and social distancing.

For more information, contact Bill Reynolds at 740-373-3750.

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