Places of the Past

Places of the Past

Lower Illinois River Region


Indian Mounds Park. 5th and Harrison Quincy, IL 217-223-7703 The 37-acre park at the southwest edge of Quincy includes several Woodland period mounds. A new walking time line, interpretive panels and engravings of artifacts on concrete blocks explain the significance of this mound group overlooking the Mississippi River. A newly commissioned statue of a Native American girl is located near the park entrance.

Quincy Museum. 1601 Maine St. Quincy, IL 62301 Tu-Sa 1-5PM 217-224-7669 With an emphasis on natural history, the museum is housed in a Richardson Romanesque Revival sandstone mansion listed on the National Register for Historic Places. Exhibits are placed on three floors where the rooms include a variety of fine woods and Victorian decorative elements. The museum has a large collection of Native American artifacts from the area, with a portion of the collection on display. www.hannibal.net/visit/quincymuseum/


Center for American Archeology Museum and Visitor Center. Route 100 Kampsville, Il 62053 Apr-Nov: Sun-Fri 12-5pm: Sat 10AM-5PM 618-653-4316 Once a center of economic and social life for the residents of Kampsville, Illinois, today the historic Kamp General Store (named to the National Register of Historic Places in 1994) serves as the Center for American Archeology's Museum and Visitor Center. Located on scenic Illinois State Highway 100, the CAA Museum and Visitor Center features artifacts, exhibits, and media presentations highlighting the cultural history and archeological resources of the lower Illinois valley. Exhibits include information and artifacts detailing the rich and complex array of prehistoric cultures known to the area, ranging from the Paleoindian to Mississippian time periods. Highlights include displays about Clovis point manufacture, Middle Woodland time period exchange networks, and prehistoric pottery manufacture, among others. Archeological investigations at the renowned Koster site (Greene County, IL) are also richly illustrated through photographs and artifacts. www.caa-archeology.org

Two Rivers National Wildlife Refuge Headquarters and Visitors Center. Deer Plain Road Calhoun County 618-883-2524 The wildlife refuge headquarters and visitor center for a division of the Mark Twain National Wildlife Refuge includes area artifacts. http://midwest.fws.gov/TwoRivers/


Lincoln Courtroom. City of Beardstown 101 W. 3rd St. Beardstown, IL 62618 Mo-Fr 12-4PM, Sa 9AM-4PM 217-323-2323 Restored courtroom where Abraham Lincoln participated in trials has a display of locally collected Native American artifacts.


Principia School of Nations Museum. Principia College Elsah, IL 62028 School hours & by appt. 618-374-5259 Museum includes American Indian collections. Village of Elsah Museum 26 LaSalle St., P.O. Box 28 Elsah, IL 62028 Apr-Oct: Th-Su 1-4PM 618-374-2625 Museum includes local history and artifacts. www.elsah.org

Pere Marquette State Park. Rte. 100, P.O. Box 158 Grafton, IL 62037 618-786-3323 This 8,000-acre preservation area offers spectacular views of the Illinois and Mississippi Rivers from several bluff top points. Numerous archaeological studies have been conducted at the park, including investigations at the present location of the Pere Marquette Lodge. The Visitor Center includes displays and exhibits about the park's wildlife habitat, geology and history. Hiking trails include information about some of the archaeological sites within the park. http://dnr.state.il.us/lands/Landmgt/PARKS/R4/PRM/pmvisit.htm


Pike County Historical Society & Museum. 400 E. Jefferson, P.O. Box 44 Pittsfield, IL 62363 May-Oct: Mo-Fr 12:30-4:30PM & by appt. 217-285-4618. Local history museum includes a display of Native American artifacts.

Ray Norbut State Fish & Wildlife Area. R.R. #1, Box 55C Griggsville, IL 62340 217-833-2811 This conservation area, with more than 1,000 acres along the Illinois River, includes Middle Woodland mounds and habitation areas. In addition, historic period sites include a limestone kiln used to make masonry mortar in the mid- to late1800s, 19th-century homesteads, and a family cemetery. An undeveloped hiking trail goes through three designated geographic zones. http://dnr.state.il.us/lands/Landmgt/PARKS/R4/ray.htm