Artifacts and edibles will be the focus of the Jennings County Historical Society’s annual pitch-in dinner.

The free Jan. 25 event at the North American House, 134 E. Brown St. in Vernon, will feature Robert Donahue, who will present a program at 6:30 p.m. on Native American artifacts. The presentation will include time for questions.

Donahue, an Indiana State University graduate student who is seeking his doctorate, specializes in archaeology and is an instructor in the Department of Earth and Environmental Systems.

Donahue will be available from 5 to 6 to take a look at Native American artifacts that attendees are encouraged to bring, and will be available to answer questions about Native American artifacts.

The pitch-in dinner will begin at 6. Meat, drink and table service will be provided, but attendees are asked to bring a covered dish meal. The historical society’s board of directors will conduct a brief business meeting during the dinner.

“Even if you are just curious about the history of Native Americans in the area, you should come to this program. It will be very interesting and we encourage everyone to attend,” said Helen Amburgey, the historical society’s administrator.

She added that attendees will have an opportunity to look at the historical society’s collection of Native American artifacts.

“It should be a nice time,” Amburgey said.

For more information, contact Amburgey by calling 812-346-8989 or sending an email to