MassMu Brown Bag Lunch Talk—Newark Earthworks

The Massillon Museum’s April 26 Brown Bag Lunch program will feature Dr. John L. Low, a storyteller and director of the Newark Earthworks Center. His program will begin at 12:10 p.m. and conclude at 12:50 to accommodate those who attend on their lunch hours.

The Newark Earthworks are the largest geometric earthen enclosures in the world. Already a National Historic Landmark, in 2006, the State of Ohio designated the Newark Earthworks as “the official prehistoric monument of the state.” Built by people of the ancient Hopewell Culture between 100 B.C. and 500 A.D., it was part cathedral, part cemetery, and part astronomical observatory. While it originally encompassed more than four square miles, only three sections remain: the Great Circle Earthworks, the Octagon Earthworks, and the Wright Earthworks.

The site has been nominated by the US Department of the Interior for potential inclusion on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
An enrolled citizen of the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians, Low earned a Ph.D. in American Culture, a graduate certificate in Museum Studies, and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Michigan; a BA from Michigan State University; a BA in American Indian studies from the University of Minnesota; and an MA in social sciences from the University of Chicago. He is an associate professor at the Ohio State University. An award-winning author, his most recent book is Imprints, the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi and the City of Chicago (2016).

The presentation accents MassMu’s 2022 NEA Big Read book selection, An American Sunrise by Muscogee author Joy Harjo, US Poet Laureate. The NEA Big Read is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.

Admission to Brown Bag Lunches is free and no reservations are required. The Museum provides free cookies and coffee for attendees. Guests can purchase sandwiches, salad, and smoothies at Greatness Cafe in the Museum lobby or they can bring their own lunches.
MassMu is located at 121 Lincoln Way East in downtown Massillon. A visit is always free and everyone is welcome. Free parking is available on adjacent streets and in nearby city lots. For more information, call 330-833-4061 or visit


Media Contacts:
Alexandra Nicholis Coon, Massillon Museum Executive Director – 330-833-4061 x111

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