May 2018 Newsletter

Dear HVC Members,

I’d first like to apologize again for the short-notice cancellation of our April meeting. I am very glad to tell you that Dan Harrison will be giving his presentation which was previously scheduled for that meeting at our May meeting. I hope you will all be able to attend and hear what is sure to be an interesting and engaging talk.

This will be our final meeting before we break for the summer – our next chapter meeting will be in September.

Also, I remind you all that the position of chapter secretary is currently vacant – if anybody is interested in taking up the position, please let me know. More details about this, the month’s speaker, and the state meeting below.

May Meeting – Thursday, May 17th – 7:30pm

The speaker at this meeting will be chapter member and past speaker Daniel Harrison. His talk will be entitled:

Frontier Arms Race: The Story of the Cannons from the Detroit River

On October 5, 2011, an iron cannon barrel, corroded and covered with zebra mussels, broke the surface of the Detroit River for the first time in many years – but how many? Since 1984, six similar guns have been recovered from the same area. How and why did they come to be there?

Maritime archaeologist Dan Harrison traces the paths that led these cannons to their watery fate. It is a tale of the materialization of the Great Lakes, as French, Native Americans, British, and Americans competed for control of economic resources and strategic waterways during the turbulent 18th century.

Dinner – 6pm – Please RSVP

If you would like to join the speaker, chapter officers and HVC members for dinner beforehand, please RSVP with myself at your earliest convenience. As per usual, our dinner will be at The Original Cottage Inn Restaurant, 512 E William St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104. Reservations are for 6pm, under the name: Marshall Gaines. We hope to see you there!


1.) The position of chapter secretary is currently vacant – if any chapter members are interested in becoming the secretary, please get in touch with me at – I can give you an idea what sort of work is involved.

2.) The Michigan Archaeological Society state meeting took place last month – David Cusack was elected as the new president of the Society. Former president, Dan Wymer, has taken up the position of Second Vice President.

3.) Be sure to check out the new Michigan Archaeological Society website at if you haven’t already done so (or even if you have, as new content has been posted pretty regularly there).


As always, let me know if you have any questions or comments at! I hope to see you all soon!



Marshall Gaines,

HVC President



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