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  Events, Dickson Mounds   

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 ...


Tots and their Big Person Program: Spiders
ISM Dickson Mounds Museum
Thursday, October 03, 2013, 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Beginning at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, October 3, 2013 at Dickson Mounds, the Tots and their Big Person program will focus on Spiders. Find out more ...


Rendezvous Encampment
ISM Dickson Mounds Museum
Saturday, October 05, 2013 - Sunday, October 06, 2013, 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM

Learn what life was like on the Illinois frontier during the Spoon River Scenic Drive. Find out more ...


Rendezvous Encampment
ISM Dickson Mounds Museum
Saturday, October 12, 2013 - Sunday, October 13, 2013, 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM

Learn what life was like on the Illinois frontier during the Spoon River Scenic Drive. Find out more ...


Family Programs at Dickson Mounds Museum: Stories and Music from the Dust Bowl Days
ISM Dickson Mounds Museum
Saturday, October 19, 2013, 1:00 PM - 9:30 PM

As part of the Spoon River Reads project, Dickson Mounds Museum and the Fulton County Arts Council are hosting a day of family programs at Dickson Mounds Museum on Saturday, October 19, 2013.  At 1:00 pm, join storyteller Brian “Fox” Ellis as he travels the back roads of America, meets the folks who built this country and hear the stories and songs sung by the Oakies. Find out more ...


Hickory Ridge Concert Series: Woody Guthrie Songs
ISM Dickson Mounds Museum
Saturday, October 19, 2013, 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Songwriter and guitarist Bucky Halker will return to the Hickory Ridge Concert Series to perform the songs of Woody Guthrie and the dust bowl era as well as a selection of his original songs this Saturday, October the 19th at 7:30 pm.   A longtime favorite at Hickory Ridge, Halker has been called “The living heir of Woody Guthrie”.  He performs Woody’s music with a rare passion as well as a deep understanding of the dustbowl era. 

Bucky Halker was born in 1954 and grew up in Ashland, Wisconsin, a declining blue-collar, iron ore, lumber town on Lake Superior with fish fry Fridays, country music, Swedes, polkas, Finns, Indian reservations, Poles, 12-foot fishin’ boats, girls with transistor radios, and 40 bars on Main street. Find out more ...


Native American Game Day
ISM Dickson Mounds Museum
Sunday, October 20, 2013, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

The Dickson Mounds Museum presents Native American Game Day on Sunday, October 20, 2013, from 1:00-4:00 p.m. Find out more ...


Ritual and Ceremony at the Morton Village Site
ISM Dickson Mounds Museum
Wednesday, November 06, 2013, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Dr. Michael Conner, Dickson Mounds Museum, will present a lecture titled: Ritual and Ceremony at the Morton Village Siteat the Wednesday, November 6, 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.

Investigations by archaeologists from Dickson Mounds Museum and Michigan State University over the last six years have produced strong evidence that local Mississippian Indians and immigrants of the Oneota cultural tradition were living together at the Morton Village site near Dickson Mounds around A.D. Find out more ...


Tots and their Big Person: Corn, Beans, and Squash-Oh my!
ISM Dickson Mounds Museum
Thursday, November 07, 2013, 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM

At Dickson Mounds on Thursday, November 7, 2013, at 9:30am, the Tots and their Big Person program will focus on food.  Corn, Beans, and Squash-Oh my! will teach participants how Native Americans harvested and used their food.  Tots will enjoy hearing The Legend of the Three Sisters and making a fun craft to take home. 

Admission is free and registration is not required.  Light refreshments will be served. Find out more ...


November Night Hike
ISM Dickson Mounds Museum
Friday, November 08, 2013, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

At Dickson Mounds on Friday, November 8, 2013, families will enjoy searching and listening for wildlife during an evening hike followed by stories around a campfire.  The program will begin at 6:30 pm.  Participants should dress appropriately for the weather and terrain and may bring a flashlight.

Admission is free and registration is not required.  In case of inclement weather an alternative program date is set for Friday, November 22, 2013.  Please call the Museum between 3:00 and 5:00 pm on the 8th if cancellation seems to be a possibility.

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 ...


Hickory Ridge Concert Series: Ben Bedford Returns to Hickory Ridge
ISM Dickson Mounds Museum
Saturday, November 16, 2013, 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Springfield, IL singer songwriter Ben Bedford will return to the Hickory Ridge Concert Series Saturday, November 16, 2013, at 7:30 p.m.  With a degree in history from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Bedford's narrative songs transcend time and place while illuminating universal truths.  His music has been described as: "Beautiful and unusual story songs that take the listener to the heart of the matter". Find out more ...


Illinois Valley Archaeological Society Lecture
ISM Dickson Mounds Museum
Wednesday, December 04, 2013, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Dr. Duane Esarey, Illinois State Archaeological Survey, will present a lecture titled: Untangling the Piasa's tale: A revised interpretationat the Wednesday, December 4, 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.

Lost accounts and contradictory details have made painted images on the rock bluff at Alton, Illinois an enduring source of mystery.  Jolliet’s original 1673 drawing was supposedly lost, the paintings disappeared before authoritative renderings were captured, and local accounts of the images’ meaning were badly confused.  This presentation verifies a contemporary drawing fitting the description of Marquette’s account as coming from Louis Jolliet and uses a Peoria Indian culture-hero account to decode the long-lost meaning of the Piasa.  In the process a new supernatural character shows how related imagery in Mississippian and earlier iconography must be reinterpreted.

The Illinois State Museum—Dickson Mounds is located between Lewistown and Havana off Illinois Routes 78 and 97. Find out more ...


Tots and their Big Person: Fun with Snowflakes
ISM Dickson Mounds Museum
Thursday, December 05, 2013, 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM

At Dickson Mounds on Thursday, December 5, 2013, at 9:30am the Tots and their Big Person program will focus on snowflakes.  Fun with Snowflakes will teach participants about the different shapes of snowflakes.  Tots will enjoy a story and a fun craft to take home. 

Admission is free and registration is not required.  Light refreshments will be served. Find out more ...


Hickory Ridge Concert Series: Andrew Calhoun
ISM Dickson Mounds Museum
Saturday, December 21, 2013, 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Due to the high probability of severe weather on Saturday, December 21, 2013, the 7:30 pm Hickory Ridge Concert Series performance has been cancelled. Find out more ...


Tots and their Big Person: Icy Fun
ISM Dickson Mounds Museum
Thursday, January 02, 2014, 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM

At Dickson Mounds on Thursday, January 2, 2014, at 9:30 am the Tots and their Big Person program will focus on ice. Find out more ...


Museum Movie Matinee—The Indiana Jones Series
ISM Dickson Mounds Museum
Saturday, January 04, 2014, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Dickson Mounds Museum is hosting a monthly Movie Matinee featuring the Indiana Jones series beginning Saturday, January 4, 2014, at 1:00 pm.  Participants will enjoy complimentary popcorn and beverages while viewing Raiders of the Lost Ark.  This 1981 classic is set in 1936 and depicts archaeologist Indiana Jones on a quest to recover the Ark of the Covenant before the Nazis. Find out more ...


Illinois Valley Archaeological Society Lecture Series
ISM Dickson Mounds Museum
Wednesday, January 08, 2014, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Due to recent severe weather and current road conditions the Illinois Valley Archaeological Society (IVAS) is cancelling their monthly meeting on Wednesday, January 8, 2014 at Dickson Mounds Museum.

The next regular meeting will be held on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 7:00 p.m.

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Hickory Ridge Concert Series: 60s Folk Music at Hickory Ridge
ISM Dickson Mounds Museum
Saturday, January 18, 2014, 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

The folk group Compass will return to the Hickory Ridge Concert series on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 7:30 pm.  Compass is comprised of five men in search of a direction (we all know that men never ask for directions!).  COMPASS delivers a virtual folk festival with tunes from "the folk scare of the 60s", traditional folk songs, a cappella sea shanties, as well as a wealth of original material.

Jerry Thiel, Dave Borton, Chuck VanderVennet, D. Find out more ...


Native American Winter Gathering
ISM Dickson Mounds Museum
Saturday, January 25, 2014, 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Dickson Mounds Museum will be hosting a traditional Native American Winter Gathering on Saturday, January 25, 2014 from 11:00 a.m. Find out more ...


Museum Movie Matinee—The Indiana Jones Series
ISM Dickson Mounds Museum
Saturday, February 01, 2014, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Dickson Mounds Museum is hosting a monthly Movie Matinee series featuring Indiana Jones.  On Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 1:00 p.m., participants will enjoy complimentary popcorn and beverages while viewing Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.  This 1984 classic is a prequel to Raiders of the Lost Ark and is set in 1935.  It depicts archaeologist Indiana Jones on a quest to find a mystical stone in India. Find out more ...


Illinois Valley Archaeological Society Lecture Series
ISM Dickson Mounds Museum
Wednesday, February 05, 2014, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Due to severe weather and current road conditions the Illinois Valley Archaeological Society (IVAS) is cancelling their monthly meeting/lecture on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at Dickson Mounds Museum.

Mr. Find out more ...


Tots and their Big Person: Animals in Winter
ISM Dickson Mounds Museum
Thursday, February 06, 2014, 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM

At Dickson Mounds on Thursday, February 6, 2014, at 9:30 a.m. the Tots and their Big Person topic will be “Animals in Winter”.  Wildlife Prairie State Park will show live critters and talk about how they live in the winter.  Following the program, tots will enjoy hands-on crafts. 

Admission is free and registration is not required.  Light refreshments will be served. Find out more ...


Eagle Day Festival
ISM Dickson Mounds Museum
Saturday, February 08, 2014, 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. Find out more ...


Hickory Ridge Concert Series: Curtis and Loretta Return to Dickson Mounds
ISM Dickson Mounds Museum
Saturday, February 15, 2014, 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Award winning folk duo Curtis and Loretta will return to the Hickory Ridge Concert Series this Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 7:30 pm for a captivating evening of finely honed vocal harmonies, abundant talent on an array of stringed instruments, deep traditional roots music and great originals.  Seventy-three strings and two voices deliver an enchanting evening of contemporary original songs, traditional Celtic ballads, old-time American songs, and more.

The glue that holds all this together is their magical harmonies, and their skill on a parade of stringed instruments, from Celtic harp and mandocello, to steel ukulele and kazoo, to mandolin, guitar, and clawhammer banjo. Find out more ...


Dickson Mounds Museum Hosts Educators Workshop
ISM Dickson Mounds Museum
Saturday, February 22, 2014, 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Dickson Mounds Museum will be hosting an Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) ENTICE (Environment and Nature Training Institute for Conservation Education) workshop focusing on the resource trunks and Field Trip Packs that are for loan to educators statewide.  These teaching tools are loaded with hands-on, supplemental, Illinois-specific items that can make lessons come alive for students!  Preview all 10 resource trunks and the Field Trip Pack, too, including the new lessons specifically developed for meeting the Next Generation Science Standards.  Participants will have the opportunity to examine the trunks’ contents, to learn how they can be used in the classroom, and to take part in activities.  Educators will receive many additional curriculum resources.  The workshop is appropriate for teachers of grade Pre-Kindergarten through grade 12. 

The workshop will be held on Saturday, February 22, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. Find out more ...


Weekend Knap-In
ISM Dickson Mounds Museum
Saturday, March 01, 2014 - Sunday, March 02, 2014, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Dickson Mounds Museum will host our first ever Weekend Knap-In Saturday and Sunday, March 1, 2, 2014 from 10:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.  The public is welcome to view flint knapping demonstrations and ask questions about this ancient form of technology.  Participants may learn about the different techniques used by several craftsmen and see their stone tool creations.  Blades from the Mackinaw-Aldrich Cache discovered in 1916 near Mackinaw in Tazewell County will also be on display. Find out more ...


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

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