- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 12, 2014

SAGINAW, Mich. (AP) - In headlines for a story Aug. 11 about crews digging for relics in a Michigan park, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the crews were digging in Kalamazoo. They were digging in Saginaw.

A corrected version of the story is below:

Crews digging for relics in Saginaw park

Museum employees, volunteers digging for relics in Saginaw park

SAGINAW, Mich. (AP) - An archaeological survey that aims to unearth relics of Saginaw’s past is underway at Borchard Park.

Employees of the Castle Museum of Saginaw County History and volunteers began digging last week, The Saginaw News (https://bit.ly/1uHbGWs ) reported.

Jeff Sommer, the museum’s curator of archaeology, said they haven’t discovered any momentous items yet. But he said they’re learning more about the town’s early history.

Crews found a button that may date back to the 19th century, a piece of a serving plate and material used by Native Americans to make tools.

Borchard Park was set aside as public commons in 1830, so Sommer said it is a special place for archaeological surveying. It was the temporary site of the Saginaw Court House in 1883, but it has remained unoccupied other than that, he said.

In 2010, the Castle Museum also uncovered items belonging to a home that was destroyed by a widespread fire in 1893. Every major building in Saginaw, expect for the hospital, burned down.

The museum received the Leadership in History award from the American Association for State and Local History for its archaeological work and organization of the “Project 1893: Uncovering Saginaw’s Great Fire” exhibit.

Sommer encourages Saginaw residents to stop by the Borchard Park in the coming weeks to learn more. The park will remain open to the public during the digging.

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