Coleman to speak at PCHGS meeting Sunday
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Kenneth Coleman, retired vice president and purchasing agent for Mr. Zip in Cleveland, will be speaking to the Polk County Historical and Genealogical Society on Sunday at 2 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in Benton.

Coleman, a native of Oklahoma, has lived in Central America and various other places and studied archeology under Frank Hedden in New Mexico.

Although he has had a lifelong interest in things historical, his interest in Native American artifacts was really piqued when he moved from New Mexico to Cleveland in 1974 and began to discover that all kinds of local artifacts were practically lying on top of the ground in the Candies and Mouse Creek area where he lived. The word got out he was an avid collector of native artifacts and he began trading for items people had found over the years and had stored in old boxes here and there in farm outbuildings.

However, Coleman prefers to be called a preservationist rather than a collector, for he is passionate about preserving not only the artifacts, but the history of our Native American past as well. He has shared his knowledge and display of some of his collection items with several local historical and genealogical societies.

Marian Presswood, President of PCHGS said, “We are excited to have Kenneth come to share his wide experience and knowledge of this important period in our history. And besides that, he can probably ‘talk genealogy’ with many local members of the society. We encourage all members to be present and welcome visitors to this meeting.”

Ralph and Judy Lillard will provide refreshments.