At Shawnee’s Second Saturday celebration June 9, at 5:00, the first of several photographic exhibits documenting Shawnee in the year 1969, collected through collaboration between the Southeast Ohio History Center, Little Cities of Black Diamonds, and former Ohio University student and Athens Messenger photographer Ken Steinhoff, will be unveiled.

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Shawnee Basketball 1969. Photo courtesy of the Little Cities Archive

This exhibit is free and open to the public in the back space of the Winding Road Marketplace, located at 117 W. Main St, Shawnee.

The first in this running series of exhibits includes photographs of the Shawnee High School, which was demolished in 2002. The photos were taken on a series of days in 1969: October 20, December 2, and December 5.

Steinhoff has been working with the Southeast Ohio History Center since 2012 to preserve the photos he took between 1967 and 1972 of many places around the Southeast Ohio region. This series of exhibits documents the architectural history of the former booming coal town of Shawnee.

The Second Saturday celebration from 6 – 9 p.m. on June 9, featuring free music from Apple & the Moon, local food from Mt. Airy Beef food truck, legal beverages, and vendors. In addition to the local goods for sale in the front space of the Winding Road Marketplace, the Shawnee Mercantile will be open.

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