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  Events, Dickson Mounds   

What's New in the Study of the First Americans
ISM Dickson Mounds Museum
Wednesday, January 02, 2013, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Dr. Michael Wiant, Director at Dickson Mounds Museum,  will present a lecture on the first groups of human beings to occupy the western hemisphere at the monthly meeting of the Illinois Valley Archaeological Society on Wednesday, January 2, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. Find out more ...


Fun for Moms & Tots: Makin Music
ISM Dickson Mounds Museum
Thursday, January 03, 2013, 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Dickson Mounds Museum is offering a new monthly program series for mothers and their young children in 2013.  Moms & Tots will be held on the first Thursday of each month from 9:30am-11:00am in the Museum’s Discovery Center.  Participants will enjoy a different activity each month.  This series will kick-off on Thursday, January 3rd with ‘Makin’ Music’, when moms and tots will have fun making and using different instruments.  Moms and tots will also have a chance to explore the Discovery Center together, while making new friends.     
 
Admission is free and registration is not required.  Light refreshments will be served. Find out more ...


Hickory Ridge Concert Series: The Shanties bring Celtic to Hickory Ridge
ISM Dickson Mounds Museum
Saturday, January 19, 2013, 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

The Hickory Ridge Concert Series welcomes the return of the driving sounds of “New Irish” music as The Shanites take the stage Saturday, January 19, 2013 at 7:30 pm.  This Bloomington based celtic group has been performing around the state creating an atmosphere reminiscent of a party below deck of the Titanic. Find out more ...


Winter Gathering
ISM Dickson Mounds Museum
Saturday, January 26, 2013, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

 The Dickson Mounds Museum will be hosting a traditional Native American Winter Gathering on Saturday, January 26, 2013 from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm.  The Second Annual Winter Gathering will celebrate, honor, and remember the gifts of our ancestors.  The event will feature a variety of activities and demonstrations, including storytelling, music, group games and dances, and crafts.  Native American vendors will open with morning activities beginning at 10:00 am.  Lunch will be available at the Museum between noon and 2:00 pm followed by drum music marking the opening of the afternoon activities.  Participants will journey to Dorothy’s Grove to honor and remember ancestors and view a special pipe ceremony.   

  • 10:00 a.m.  Morning Activities Begin and Vendors Open
  • 12:00 p.m.  Lunch Available at the Museum
  • 2:00 p.m. Find out more ...


    Eagle Day Festival
    ISM Dickson Mounds Museum
    Saturday, February 02, 2013, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

    Dickson Mounds Museum is the location for a day-long Eagle Day Festival on Saturday, February 2, 2013.  This event, which is co-sponsored by the Fulton County Arts Council, the Mason County Arts Council, The Nature Conservancy, the Havana Library District, Lewistown Chamber, Illinois History Survey­Forbes Biological Station and Illinois River Biological Station, and the U.S. Find out more ...


    Edwards Trace at 200: Old Tales and New Discoveries
    ISM Dickson Mounds Museum
    Wednesday, February 06, 2013, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

    David Brady, Illinois Historian, will present a lecture on the history associated with the Edwards Trace at the monthly meeting of the Illinois Valley Archaeological Society on Wednesday, February 6, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. Find out more ...


    Fun for Moms & Tots: Little Birdie
    ISM Dickson Mounds Museum
    Thursday, February 07, 2013, 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM

    Dickson Mounds Museum is offering a new monthly program series for mothers and their young children in 2013.  Fun for Moms & Tots will be held on the first Thursday of each month from 9:30am-11:00am in the Museum’s Discovery Center.  On February 7th the program will be Little Birdie.  Moms & Tots will hear a story, listen to the birds tweet, and make pinecone bird feeders.  They will also have a chance to explore the Discovery Center together, while making new friends.     
     
    Admission is free and registration is not required.  Light refreshments will be served. Find out more ...


    Eagle Day Festival
    ISM Dickson Mounds Museum
    Friday, February 08, 2013, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

    Activities include art and poetry competitions, crafts for kids, live raptor programs, and bird watching.  Sponsored by Dickson Mounds, The Nature Conservancy, US Fish & Wildlife Services, UIS Therkildsen Field Station, Illinois Natural History Survey, Fulton and Mason County Arts Councils, Havana and Lewistown Chambers, Havana Public Library District and Nature Center, and Emiquon Audubon.

    Fee: Free, Donations Welcomed     Age: All Ages    

    Location: Dickson Mounds Museum and the cities of Lewistown and Havana

    Find out more ...


    Hickory Ridge Concert Series: Winter Blues at Dickson Mounds
    ISM Dickson Mounds Museum
    Saturday, February 16, 2013, 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

    The house will be jumpin when master fingerstyle blues guitarist Andy Cohen performs for the Hickory Ridge Concert Series Saturday, February 16,  2013 at 7:30 pm at the Dickson Mounds Museum.  Andy’s shows are an encyclopedia of the blues including material by Rev. Find out more ...


    Tracks, Scats, and Habitats
    ISM Dickson Mounds Museum
    Saturday, March 02, 2013, 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

    Often when exploring nature, instead of seeing an animal, we find what it left behind. Find out more ...


    Artifact Identification Day
    ISM Dickson Mounds Museum
    Sunday, March 03, 2013, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

    Dickson Mounds Museum will host the 31st Annual Artifact Identification Day on Sunday, March 3, 2012 between 10:00 a.m. Find out more ...


    Illinois Valley Archaeological Society Lecture: Why Museums Matter
    ISM Dickson Mounds Museum
    Wednesday, March 06, 2013, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

    Dr. Jonathan Reyman, Curator of Anthropology at the Illinois State Museum Research and Collection Center, will be the guest presenter at the monthly meeting of the Illinois Valley Archaeological Society on Wednesday, March 6, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. Find out more ...


    Fun for Moms & Tots: Create with Clay
    ISM Dickson Mounds Museum
    Thursday, March 07, 2013, 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM

    Dickson Mounds Museum is offering a new monthly program series for mothers and their young children in 2013.  Fun for Moms & Tots will be held on the first Thursday of each month from 9:30 am-11:00 am in the Museum’s Discovery Center.  On March 7, 2013 the program will be Create with Clay.  Moms & Tots will learn how ancient people made food containers using items from their environment.  Then, participants will have a chance to make a Native American pinch pot or experiment in making their own unique clay creation.  They will also have a chance to explore the Discovery Center together, while making new friends.     
     
    Admission is free and registration is not required.  Dads and grandparents are also welcome to participate in the program.  Light refreshments will be served. Find out more ...


    Hickory Ridge Concert Series: Chril Vallillo CD Release Concert
    ISM Dickson Mounds Museum
    Saturday, March 16, 2013, 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

    Illinois singer-songwriter Chris Vallillo will celebrate the release of his 7th recording The Last Day of Winter with a special CD release concert Saturday March 16, 2013 at 7:30 pm at the Hickory Ridge Concert Series at the Dickson Mounds Museum in Lewistown, IL.  Vallillo, who has long been known as a musician who makes the people and places of “unmetropolitan” America come to life in song, will be joined by Grammy nominated percussionist Rocky Maffit for the show which will be videotaped for later broadcast. 
     
    While some might disagree, Vallillo clearly believes “There is no such thing as too many guitars!”  And with this new recording, he takes that claim seriously.  For years he collected and restored old stringed instruments, some high quality, most quite inexpensive, but each with its own unique voice.   With The Last Day of Winter, Vallillo uses this unique collection of voices to create a distinctive recording of original and American roots music heavily featuring his unique bottleneck slide playing. Find out more ...


    Fun for Moms & Tots
    ISM Dickson Mounds Museum
    Thursday, April 04, 2013, 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM

    Dickson Mounds Museum is offering a new monthly program series for mothers and their young children in 2013.  Fun for Moms & Tots will be held on the first Thursday of each month at 9:30am in the Museum’s Discovery Center.  Some activities may be held outside weather permitting.  On April 4, 2013 Moms & Tots will help plant a tree on the Museum’s grounds.  Afterwards, tots will have an opportunity to create paintings using sticks and leaves as their paintbrushes. 
     
    Admission is free and registration is not required.  Dads and grandparents are also welcome to participate in the program.  Older siblings who may be on spring break for the week are also encouraged to attend this month’s program.  Activities for older kids will be available.  Participants should dress appropriately for the weather and playing outdoors in the dirt.  Light refreshments will be served.  This program is sponsored by Havana National Bank.  If you are interested in becoming a program sponsor, please contact Curator of Education Christa Christensen at 309-547-3721. Find out more ...


    Be an Archaeologist for a Day
    ISM Dickson Mounds Museum
    Saturday, April 13, 2013, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

    Dickson Mounds Museum is hosting “Be an Archaeologist for a Day” for kids ages 9-16 years old on Saturday, April 13, 2013 from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm.  Kids will work side by side with professional archaeologists and learn excavation and artifact identification techniques, and how to process finds.  The program will begin with hands-on preparatory activities indoors, and then, weather permitting, will be held outdoors for the afternoon. 
     
    The program fee is $2 for Illinois State Museum Society members and $4 for non-members per child.  Registration is required with a deadline of Friday, April 5, 2013.  Space is limited with a maximum of 12 participants.  Each participant is required to provide his/her own sack lunch, drink, and snacks, and must dress appropriately for the weather and outdoor work.  Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts of America encouraged to participate as this program may fulfill some badge requirements.  

    Find out more ...


    Nature Trek Series
    ISM Dickson Mounds Museum
    Thursday, April 18, 2013, 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

    Dickson Mounds Museum and the University of Illinois at Springfield’s Therkildsen Field Station at Emiquon present Nature Trek, a new “walk & talk” science series on the third Thursday of the month April through September at 6:00 p.m. Find out more ...


    Hickory Ridge Concert Series: "Patchouli"
    ISM Dickson Mounds Museum
    Saturday, April 20, 2013, 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

    Appearing at the April Hickory Ridge Concert Series will be the acoustic “Patchouli”.  The concert will be on Saturday, April 20, 2013 at Dickson Mounds Museum, Lewistown, IL beginning at 7:30 p.m. Find out more ...


    Mother Earth Day with the Emiquon Partnership
    ISM Dickson Mounds Museum
    Sunday, April 21, 2013, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

    The Emiquon Partnership – Dickson Mounds Museum, The Nature Conservancy, UIS Therkildsen Field Station at Emiquon, U.S. Find out more ...


    Tot Time: Fun for Tots and Big People
    ISM Dickson Mounds Museum
    Thursday, May 02, 2013, 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM

    Dickson Mounds Museum is offering a new monthly program series for parents and their young children in 2013.  Formerly known as “Fun for Moms & Tots,” Tot Time: Fun for Tots & Big People will be held on the first Thursday of each month at 9:30am.  Some activities may be held outside weather permitting.  On May 2, 2013 the program will focus on flowers.  The craft project includes using a photo of the tot provided by the parent.  Activities will be held at the Museum’s Picnic Shelter weather permitting. 

    Admission is free and registration is not required.  Participants should dress appropriately for the outdoors. Find out more ...


    Mother's Day Gift Ideas
    ISM Dickson Mounds Museum
    Sunday, May 05, 2013, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

    Dads, bring the kids by to create a special gift for Mom, such as pottery, dream catchers, and arrow point necklaces. Find out more ...


    New Nature Trek Series
    ISM Dickson Mounds Museum
    Thursday, May 16, 2013, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

    On Thursday, May 16th, The Nature Conservancy’s Tharran Hobson will discuss the rare birds that have returned to the area since the Emiquon restoration project began in 2007.  Over 90% of Illinois Threatened or Endangered wetland related bird species and over 60% of all Threatened or Endangered bird species have been recorded in the Emiquon Preserve.  The size and variety of habitat at the Preserve remains a beacon for several bird species.  The area has become an important migration route and nesting destination for birds. Find out more ...


    More than Bows-n-Arrows
    ISM Dickson Mounds Museum
    Sunday, June 16, 2013, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

    Join us for this annual Father's Day event. Enjoy hands-on activities and demonstrations of life-sustaining skills used by ancient Native Americans. Find out more ...


    A Taste of Archaeology for Teens
    ISM Dickson Mounds Museum
    Tuesday, June 18, 2013 - Thursday, June 20, 2013, 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

    Gain experience as a young archaeologist. Participate in an excavation and learn how to identify, clean, organize, and sort artifacts. Find out more ...


    A Taste of Archaeology for Adults
    ISM Dickson Mounds Museum
    Tuesday, June 25, 2013 - Thursday, June 27, 2013, 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

    Ever dreamed of a career as an Archaeologist? Do you consider yourself an amateur Archaeologist? Work alongside archaeologists and gain insight into this profession. Find out more ...


    Nature Adventure for Kids
    ISM Dickson Mounds Museum
    Tuesday, July 09, 2013 - Thursday, July 11, 2013, 9:30 AM - 2:00 PM

    Experience the Illinois River Valley through a variety of hands-on activities, including hiking, canoeing, bird watching, fishing, water sampling and biological laboratory work. Find out more ...


    The Art of Exploring I
    ISM Dickson Mounds Museum
    Tuesday, July 16, 2013, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Dickson Mounds Museum presents the Art of Exploring I on Tuesday, July 16, 2013 and Thursday, July 18, 2013 from 9:00am-noon for kids ages 7-9 years old.  Participants will explore the world around them through archaeological, nature, and art activities.  Kids will enjoy searching for clues about the ancient past and other outdoor activities such as hiking and nature observation. Find out more ...


    Nature Trek Series - Plants of the Praire: Past and Present
    ISM Dickson Mounds Museum
    Thursday, July 18, 2013, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

    Amy McEuen is an Associate Professor in the Biology Department at University of Illinois Springfield (UIS) where she teaches courses in ecology and conservation.  She holds a PhD in Terrestrial Ecology from the University of Michigan. Find out more ...


    Hickory Ridge Concert Series: "The Wacky Keys" to Perform at Dickson Mounds Museum
    ISM Dickson Mounds Museum
    Saturday, July 20, 2013, 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

    Appearing at the Hickory Ridge Concert Series on Saturday, July 20, 2013 will be the group “The Wacky Keys”.  The performance will begin at 7:30 PM at the Dickson Mounds Museum in Lewistown, IL.  This promises to be a fun, wacky evening. Find out more ...


    The Art of Exploring II
    ISM Dickson Mounds Museum
    Tuesday, July 23, 2013, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Explore the past and the present in the Illinois River Valley. Learn how people lived in this area and utilized its resources over thousands of years. Find out more ...


    Tots and their Big Person
    ISM Dickson Mounds Museum
    Thursday, August 01, 2013, 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM

    On Thursday, August 1, 2013, the Tots and their Big Person program will focus on frogs.  Tots will learn fun facts about frogs, hear the calls of local frog species, and see frog specimens from the museum collection.  Participants will also enjoy a hands-on craft activity.

    Admission is free and registration is not required.  As it is summer break, older siblings are welcomed to attend the program.  Light refreshments will be served. Find out more ...


    Native American Tattooing to be Examined at Dickson Mounds Museum
    ISM Dickson Mounds Museum
    Tuesday, August 13, 2013, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

    The Illinois Valley Archaeological Society (IVAS) will host a lecture by Aaron Deter-Wolf entitled “The Archaeology and Ethnography of Native American Tattooing" to be presented at Dickson Mounds Museum on Tuesday, August 13, 2013 at 7:00 p.m.  This lecture is free and the public is invited to attend. Find out more ...


    Hickory Ridge Concert Series: Ken Carlysle Returns to Hickory Ridge
    ISM Dickson Mounds Museum
    Saturday, August 17, 2013, 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

    Returning to the Hickory Ridge Concert Series on Saturday, August 17, 2013 will be favorite musician Ken Carlysle.  The concert begins at 7:30 pm at Dickson Mounds Museum, Lewistown, IL. Find out more ...


    Dickson Mounds Celebrates 33rd Annual Open House
    ISM Dickson Mounds Museum
    Sunday, August 18, 2013, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

    Dickson Mounds Museum invites you to attend the annual Open House on Sunday, August 18, 2013 from 10:00 a.m. Find out more ...


    Illinois Valley Archaeological Society Presentation: Bison Bones Found Along Illinois River
    ISM Dickson Mounds Museum
    Wednesday, September 04, 2013, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

    On Wednesday, September 4, 2013, at 7:00 p.m., the Illinois Valley Archaeological Society (IVAS) will host a presentation on a recent bison find at the Dickson Mounds Museum. Find out more ...


    Tots and their Big Person Program
    ISM Dickson Mounds Museum
    Thursday, September 05, 2013, 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM

    At Dickson Mounds on Thursday, September 5, 2013, the Tots and their Big Person program will focus on Dirt.  Tots will learn fun facts about different types of dirt and how important it is for human survival.  Participants will enjoy exploring the dirt and may find critters or pieces of the past.

    Admission is free and registration is not required.  Dress appropriately for the outdoors.  Light refreshments will be served. Find out more ...


    Be an Archaeologist for a Day
    ISM Dickson Mounds Museum
    Saturday, September 14, 2013, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

    Dickson Mounds Museum is hosting “Be an Archaeologist for a Day” for kids ages 9-16 years old on Saturday, September 14, 2013 from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm.  Kids will work alongside professional archaeologists and learn excavation and artifact identification techniques, and how to process finds.  The program will begin with hands-on preparatory activities indoors, and then, weather permitting, will be held outdoors for the afternoon. 

    The program fee is $2 for Illinois State Museum Society members and $4 for non-members per child.  Registration is required with a deadline of Monday, September 9th.  Space is limited with a maximum of 10 participants.  Each participant is required to provide his/her own sack lunch, drink, and snacks, and must dress appropriately for the weather and outdoor work.  Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts of America encouraged to participate as this program may fulfill some badge requirements. 

    The Illinois State Museum - Dickson Mounds is located between Lewistown and Havana off Illinois Routes 78 and 97.  The museum is open free to the public from 8:30 a.m. Find out more ...


    Nature Trek Science Series: Scat
    ISM Dickson Mounds Museum
    Thursday, September 19, 2013, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

    Dickson Mounds Museum and the University of Illinois at Springfield’s Therkildsen Field Station present Scat as the topic for the next Nature Trek program on Thursday, September 19, 2013.  U.S. Find out more ...


    Hickory Ridge Concert Series: Tom Irwin Returns to Hickory Ridge
    ISM Dickson Mounds Museum
    Saturday, September 21, 2013, 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

    Springfield, IL singer songwriter Tom Irwin returns to the Hickory Ridge Concert Series at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, September 21, 2013 for an evening of intimate songs from his latest release, Sangamon Songs.  The songs were created from an 1893 diary written by Harry Glen Ludlam, a teenager who lived on the Irwin farm in Sangamon County just outside Springfield, Illinois, from 1880 to 1894. Find out more ...


    Archaeology and Ancient Earthquakes
    ISM Dickson Mounds Museum
    Wednesday, October 02, 2013, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

    Dr. Michael Wiant will present a lecture titled: Archaeology and Ancient Earthquakes at the Wednesday, October 2, 2013 meeting of the Illinois Valley Archaeological Society.  The presentation will begin at 7:00 p.m.  This lecture is free and the public is invited to attend. Find out more ...


Please note that event dates are subject to change.
To confirm dates, please call the appropriate site.

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