The St. Louis chapter of the Archaeological Institute of America (AIA) has published a 91-page book about the 2016-2019 archaeological excavation at Historic Sappington House (HSH). The St. Louis AIA sponsored the dig and hired professional archaeologist Robin (Machiran) Jorcke to supervise students. Students from nine high schools (Cor Jesu Academy, Fulton School of St. Albans, Grand Center Arts Academy, Ladue-Horton-Watkins High School, Lindbergh, Marquette in the Rockwood school district, Parkway West, Ursuline Academy, Webster Groves and homeschoolers) participated in the learning workshop over four summers.
An excess of 5,000 artifacts are in storage with a sampling on display in the Library of Americana and Decorative Arts, to be moved later to the 1816 Joseph Sappington Log House.
The book will be on sale for $15 above The Barn restaurant at the Loft Gift Shop, an extension of the non-profit Sappington House Foundation. Proceeds will go toward relocating the dismantled Affton Sappington family log house to Historic Sappington Park at 1015 S. Sappington Road in Crestwood. After repurposing the log structure, it will be opened in mid-2025. The log house will provide spaces to expand the educational activities, exhibits, and events of Sappington Park, offering five rooms for meeting space and a full-length porch that can be used for plays and concerts. The house will be situated between The Barn restaurant and the Library of Americana and Decorative Arts, both already popular spots for meetings and workshops.
To learn more about the available meeting and event spaces at Sappington Park, read our Spring 2023 cover story.