Archaeology chapter bestows lifetime membership to Steve Peterman

Steve Peterman holds a plaque signifying honorary lifetime membership in the Darby Creek chapter of the Archaeological Society of Ohio. Peterman was instrumental in founding the chapter.

(Posted June 19, 2024)

The Darby Creek chapter of the Archaeological Society of Ohio presented Steve Peterman with the chapter’s Honorary Lifetime Membership Award.

This is the second time the chapter has bestowed this honor. The first recipient was the late Robert “Bob” Converse.

Peterman has been collecting North America’s first people’s artifacts, including flint points, knife blades, and stone, slate, and bone tools, since childhood. Over the years, he has accumulated a an impressive collection.

In late 2011 and early 2012, Peterman decided to try to put together a group of collectors, allowing for group members to meet and trade artifacts, thereby enhancing their collections. In an article published in the Madison Messenger on Sept. 2, 2012, Peterman invited interested collectors to meet at his London Florist Shop. Fourteen collectors and others interested in Native American artifacts attended the first meeting on Sept. 18, 2012, and elected Peterman as the first president of the newly formed Darby Creek Club.

The 2024-25 officers for the Darby Creek chapter of the Archaeological Society of Ohio are: (from left) Mike Brennan, vice president); Vickie Finchum, treasurer; Vicki Germann, secretary; and Mark Germann, president. The chapter is open to anyone interested in Native American Indian artifacts and metal detecting finds.

With the encouragement of Robert Converse, Steve, Steve’s wife Pamela, and a couple of other early club members petitioned the Archaeological Society of Ohio (ASO) for chapter recognition and acceptance. The ASO recognized and accepted the membership petition, and on Jan. 20, 2013, the club became an official ASO chapter.

Peterman held the position of president through April 16, 2019, when Chuck Bailey became the new president. The current president is Mark Germann.

The Darby Creek Chapter of the ASO owes its existence to Peterman and, as such, the chapter members were honored to award Peterman with the Honorary Lifetime Membership Award, Bailey said.

For anyone interested in Native American Indian artifacts or metal detecting finds, the Darby Creek chapter meets at 7 p.m. the third Wednesday of the month (except for June, July, August, and December) at the Madison County Historical Society museum. For more information, contact Mark Germann at (614) 600-9597.

Chapter members will display some of their artifacts July 21, 1-3 p.m., at the Madison County Historical Society museum.

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