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Boerger, Robert - Arrowhead Collection





As most of you know, Bob Boerger collected and had quite an arrowhead point collection. When Bob passed away last summer, Bob's remaining siblings suggested and recommended his collection stay together and be used for educational purposes. There were many sleepless nights for me trying to figure out what to do with his collection that satisfied the sibling's wishes and was fair to the whole Boerger family. The first order of business for me was to get Bob's collection classified or identified. So, I called on my past history teacher Ken Sowards who happens to be one of Ohio's known experts in identifying Native American artifacts. After Ken and his colleagues classified the arrowhead point collection, it was discovered that Bob's collection contained Native American artifacts dating back +10,000 years. Ken also informed me that Bob's collection had arrowhead points from every known Native American culture in Ohio. Who would have known that the Boerger farm was occupied by humans ever since the ice age rolled north. To me, this was significant and needed to be shared using Bob's collection as a center piece.

After considering many options I contacted the Fort Loramie Schools last fall to see if they would be interested in a display exhibit within the school. All School Board members and Administrators were very open and supportive of the idea. I contacted and received approval/support from Bob's siblings to place an exhibit within the school. At this point, all I needed was a team who could help construct this display. So, I formed a team of local experts that included; Native American artifact expert (Ken Sowards), a professional cabinet maker (Jack Hoying), a school Administrator (David Warvel, HS Principal), a designer who specializes in wall displays (Tom Barhorst, Studio Eleven business) and myself. This team worked successfully together and a new well-lit display will soon be installed in the Fort Loramie High School by early summer. It will be located in the hallway near the main entrance. It is a pleasure to show you the design concept (please see attachments). It is my intention to have a dedication ceremony of the display in the school when completed and all of you are invited. More details will follow when the time gets closer.

I hope you agree that the display will honor Bob for his many hours hunting the artifacts on the Boerger homeland. Bob may not have not graduated from high school, but he will be remembered for generations for his passion and hobby. There are many arrowhead collections, but few are authentic and all come from one man, in one lifetime, from one farm. Out of respect to Native Americans, the word "Redskins" is not mentioned within the display. Every piece (~250) of Bob's collection will be shown in this display. The attached concept was developed for the artwork and does not include everything, but gives a good representation of how it will look.

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