Bonaparte Pottery has been chosen to be included in the “The Archaeological Guide to Iowa”

Written by Theresa Rose on June 18, 2015

University of Iowa Office of the State Archaeologist book tour

Bonaparte Pottery has been chosen to be included in the “The Archaeological Guide to Iowa” published by the University of Iowa Office of the State Archaeologist (OSA). Iowa has the reputation of being one big cornfield, so it might be a surprise to learn that Iowa boasts a rich crop of recorded archaeological sites as well – more than 28,000 at last count.

The book features 68 of the recorded archaeological sites in Iowa. This is a book for those who want to experience archaeological heritage firsthand.

Bonaparte Pottery was built along the Des Moines River in 1865-1866. The company produced about 75,000 gallons of stoneware a year in 1878. At that time they produced a full line of glaze ware: flower pots, drainage pipe, fire proof brick, fruit jars, milk crocks and stone jars. Donald and Marilyn Thomas purchased the property in 1992, and have made it their life’s passion to restore and preserve as much history as possible, create a museum and make tours available to the public.

Join us Monday, 22 June as we participate in an Office of the State Archaeologist book tour as they highlight Bonaparte Pottery and other archaeological sites around Iowa. A social hour from 6:00-7:00pm will give visitors the opportunity to see the pottery archaeological dig site, take a tour of the barn and old kiln area, and visit the gift shop full of original pottery pieces. A guest potter will be on site to demonstrate the art of throwing. From 7:00-8:00 the Office of the State Archaeologist will present a program on their book and the sites it highlights.

Come to Bonaparte Pottery at 411 First Street, Bonaparte, Iowa on June 22 and enjoy an educational experience in a quiet river setting. This event is free and open to the public.