About Friends of Serpent Mound

Friends of Serpent Mound, or FOSM for short, is made up of individuals, organizations, and businesses that care about and see the value in preserving the Great Serpent Mound Park.

FOSM was created from a committee of the Adams County Travel and Visitors Bureau (ACTVB) starting in 2004. During that year the ACTVB Committee started meeting with Park Manager, Keith Bengtson and other representatives from the Ohio Historical Society (OHS) to see how we could help improve the esthetics and accessibility to the park.

During one meeting it was decided that to show OHS our determination and that people in Adams and the surrounding counties cared about Serpent Mound, we had a membership drive. In less than 2 months OHS went from 6 members in Adams County to over 100! The committee had OHS’ attention (plus that of the local residents!) and so FOSM was born.

In 2009, OHS contracted with the Arc of Appalachia to manager Serpent Mound and Fort Hill. We are not a volunteer group for either OHS or the Arc, but a support group for Serpent Mound and other Native American Sites.

Our Mission

The Friends of Serpent Mound and its Board was originally formed to increase public understanding and knowledge of and to improve the quality of operations at the Serpent Mound State Memorial (site). Upon not being established as a subordinate organization under the Ohio Historical Society (OHS) the group has expanded as an independent organization with the purpose to: Protect, preserve, and promote Serpent Mound and other Native American sites, while facilitating education and experiences for visitors. For now FOSM’s focus and the use of “the site” refers to the Great Serpent Mound Park. However, the new purpose allows FOSM to help in supporting other Native American sites, either in the local vicinity or further away. To accomplish this purpose, the group will work to:

·        Further the mission of the site, especially its educational and interpretive activities.

·        Act as a liaison between the site and the local community and other interested individuals and groups.

·        Increase the knowledge of and participation in activities, programs, and projects related to the site for the local community and other interested individuals and groups.

·        Provide input in the planning for programs and development of the site.

·        Conduct and provide volunteer support for site programs, projects, and special events.

·        Advocate the site’s needs to government officials.

·        Develop and implement fundraising and educational programs for the site.

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Public Monthly Meetings

We hold monthly meetings in the vacinity of Serpent Mound, either at Serpent Mound Park or at the Bratton Township Building (2535 Louden Rd, Peebles, OH 45660), west of the park. We normally share a meal before each meeting and afterwards we sometimes have presentations or work parties. We share all the particulars for each meeting in the email reminders or on Facebook.

Our meeting schedule for the 2017...

The Open Public Monthly Meeting are scheduled for the 3rd Sunday, unless we have an event scheduled for that day. 1:00 - We will share a Pot Luck Meal
2:00 - We will have a Public Meeting and a presentation, lecture, or workshop.
4:00 - Closed Board Meeting

We will update this schedule as we set them up! So, visit regularly! We will also post if the venue changes.

This is the Tenative Presentation Schedule for 2017...

  • Sunday, January 15 at 2 p.m. at the Bratton Township Building
  • Sunday, February 19 at 1 p.m. at the Bratton Township Building –
  • Sunday, March 12 at 1 p.m. at the Bratton Township Building (Bumped to the weekend before, as the Spring Seed and Water Blessing is scheduled for the 3rd weekend.) –
  • Sunday, April 16 at 1 p.m. at the Bratton Township Building –
  • Sunday, May 21 at 1 p.m. at the Bratton Township Building –
  • June - no meeting - see you at the Summer Solstice Celebration!
  • Sunday, July 16 at 1 p.m. at the Bratton Township Building -
  • Sunday, August 20 at 1 p.m. at the Bratton Township Building -
  • Sunday, September 17 at 4 p.m. closed Board Meeting Only at the Bratton Township Building - See you Sept. 22 &23 during the Autumn Equinox Camp-In (More on this later!)
  • Sunday, October 15 at 1 p.m. at the Bratton Township Building -
  • Sunday, November 19 at 1 p.m. at the Bratton Township Building – Prepare Lighting Bags
  • Sunday, December 17 at 1 p.m. at the Bratton Township Building – Finish preparing Lighting bags if need be.


Our Board of Directors

Executive Director
Delsey Wilson

Beautiful-lights@serpentmound.org, 937-205-0094
Clermont County Resident
Founding Member in FOSM group since 2003
– a part of the original Adams County Travel and Visitor’s Bureau’s Serpent Mound Committee

Friends of Serpent Mound History:

  • President --- 2011-2013
  • Executive Director --- 2003-2009 and 2015-current
  • Communications/Media Chairperson --- 2009-2014
  • Agent and Webmaster --- 2009-current
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    President – Future Planning Chair Director
    Jeffrey Wilson

    jeff.wilson@roadrunner.com, 734-891-2689
    Clermont County Resident
    Founding Member in FOSM group since 2004

    Friends of Serpent Mound History:

  • President --- 2013-current
  • Executive Director --- 2009
  • Future Planning Chair Director --- 2009-current
  • Special Projects & Events Director --- 2004-2008
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    Vice President – Education Chair Director
    Teresa Mahan

    tkmahan@roadrunner.com, 740-835-1769
    Pike County Resident
    Member in FOSM group since 2004

    Friends of Serpent Mound History:

  • Vice President --- 2014-current
  • Education Chair Director --- 2008-current
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    Secretary – Media Chair Director
    Anita Evans

    Adams County Resident
    Member in FOSM group since 2016

    Friends of Serpent Mound History:

  • Media Chair Director --- current
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    Treasurer – Sales Chair Director
    Ellen Shunaman

    ellen.shunaman@dishmail.net, 937-764-1406
    Adams County Resident
    Member in FOSM group since 2004

    Friends of Serpent Mound History:

  • Treasurer --- 2012-current
  • Sales Chair Director --- 2012-current
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    Event Chair Director
    Beverly McKenzie

    bevmcken@ohiohills.com, 937-587-3953
    Adams County Resident
    Founding Member in FOSM group since 2003
    – a part of the original Adams County Travel and Visitor’s Bureau’s Serpent Mound Committee

    Friends of Serpent Mound History:

  • Treasurer --- 2003-2011
  • Executive Director --- 2009-2014
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    Fundraising Chair Director
    Alan Skelly

    awskelly@gmail.com, 513-375-9242
    Brown County Resident
    Member in FOSM group since 2013

    Friends of Serpent Mound History:

  • Fundraising Chair Director --- 2014-current
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    Open Seat Director
    Adam Batson

    Highland County Resident
    Founding Member in FOSM group since 2003

    Friends of Serpent Mound History:

  • Member --- 2003-current
  • Board Member --- current
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    Open Seat Director
    Lori Cooper

    steve@goodseedfarm.com, 937-779-7357
    Adams County Resident
    Member in FOSM group since 2006

    Friends of Serpent Mound History:

  • Secretary --- 2011-2012
  • Open Seat Director --- 2014-current
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    Open Seat Director
    Rae Penn

    Email, phone
    Highland County Resident
    Member in FOSM group since...2011

    Friends of Serpent Mound History:

  • Open Seat Director --- current
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    Contact Us

    If you need any assistance during your event, if you would like a free tour guide, or you have questions or requests, please contact us at...

    Address: Peebles, Ohio
    Telephone: + 937 - 587 - 3953
    Telephone 2: + 937 -205 - 0094
    E-mail:beautiful_lights@roadrunner.com

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