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Artifact Identification Day and other upcoming events at Dickson Mounds Museum

February 21, 2013 at 10:40 AM

Prairie State Outdoors

Upcoming events at Dickson Mounds Museum

March 3

Dickson Mounds Museum will host the 31st annual Artifact Identification Day from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. March 3.

Museum archaeologists and other experts will identify, but not appraise, Native American artifacts, both prehistoric and historic pieces, and other objects such fossils, bones, and rock specimens. 

Michael Wiant, Dickson Mounds Museum director will deliver a lecture at 1 p.m.

A flint knapping demonstration will be held in the museum’s lobby.

Admission is free.

March 6

Dr. Jonathan Reyman, Curator of Anthropology at the Illinois State Museum Research and Collection Center, will present “Why do Museums Matter?” at the monthly meeting of the Illinois Valley Archaeological Society starting at 7 p.m. in the Dickson Mounds Museum auditorium.

The public is welcome and there is no charge.

Reyman will review the different types of museums, why they are important, how they build social and cultural relationships, and why they are worthy of public support.

March 7

A new monthly program series for mothers and their young children, “Fun for Moms & Tots,” will be held from 9:30 – 11 a.m. on the first Thursday of each month. 

The March 7 program will be “Create with Clay.” 

Participants will learn how ancient people made food containers using items from their environment then make their own pinch pot or other creation.

Admission is free and registration is not required. 

Dads and grandparents are also welcome to participate in the program. 

Light refreshments will be served.

Christa Christensen, curator of education, is the coordinator.

Dickson Mounds Museum is located between Lewistown and Havana off Illinois Routes 78 and 97. 

For more information on any of the listed programs, call (309) 547-3721.

Visit: http://www.experiencedicksonmounds.com.

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