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  Events on Sunday, October 21, 2012, Dickson Mounds   

Native American Game Day
ISM Dickson Mounds Museum
Sunday, October 21, 2012, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

The Dickson Mounds Museum presents Native American Game Day on Sunday, October 21, 2012, from 1:00-3:00 p.m.  Visitors of all ages will enjoy a variety of intellectually stimulating and physically challenging games.  Participate in a variety of Guessing Games, Skill Games, Throwing and Rolling Games, and Hunting, Stalking, and Warfare Games.  Enjoy playing Buzzers, Jack Straws, Knotty, Ball Drop, Double Ball or throwing an Atlatl.  Group games will be played intermittently through the afternoon.  Games were played not just for amusement, but also for strengthening important life skills. 
 
Games will be held outdoors weather permitting.  So, please dress appropriately for the weather.  In case of inclement weather, activities will be moved indoors.  Admission is free. Find out more ...


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

  Events, Dickson Mounds   

Native American Game Day
ISM Dickson Mounds Museum
Sunday, October 21, 2012, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

The Dickson Mounds Museum presents Native American Game Day on Sunday, October 21, 2012, from 1:00-3:00 p.m.  Visitors of all ages will enjoy a variety of intellectually stimulating and physically challenging games.  Participate in a variety of Guessing Games, Skill Games, Throwing and Rolling Games, and Hunting, Stalking, and Warfare Games.  Enjoy playing Buzzers, Jack Straws, Knotty, Ball Drop, Double Ball or throwing an Atlatl.  Group games will be played intermittently through the afternoon.  Games were played not just for amusement, but also for strengthening important life skills. 
 
Games will be held outdoors weather permitting.  So, please dress appropriately for the weather.  In case of inclement weather, activities will be moved indoors.  Admission is free. Find out more ...


Hammered Dulcimer Workshop
ISM Dickson Mounds Museum
Saturday, October 27, 2012, 10:00 AM - 3:30 PM

Novice to Intermediate workshop on playing hammered dulcimer will be offered on Saturday, October 27, 2012 at the Dickson Mounds Museum.
 
Judy Schmidt will be presenting the workshops.  The daylong workshop will be broken into two sessions.  The first session, novice, will be held from 10:00 a.m. Find out more ...


Native American Foodways
ISM Dickson Mounds Museum
Sunday, November 04, 2012, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

The Dickson Mounds Museum presents Native American Foodways on Sunday, November 4, 2012 from 1:00-4:00 p.m.  This free event will illustrate how ancient Native Americans acquired, processed, and stored their food with an emphasis on the technology used to do so.  Whether food was gathered, hunted, or cultivated, ancient Native Americans used innovative means to accomplish these tasks.  Visitors will enjoy a variety food demonstrations throughout the afternoon and they will have the opportunity to participate in hands-on activities. 
 
The event will be held outdoors weather permitting.  Please dress appropriately.  In case of inclement weather, activities will be moved indoors.  Admission is free and all ages are welcome. Find out more ...


Exploring a 14th Century Multicultural Village
ISM Dickson Mounds Museum
Wednesday, November 07, 2012, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

The next Illinois Valley Archaeological Society (IVAS) lecture will be Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. Find out more ...


Mountain Dulcimer Workshops at Dickson Mounds Museum
ISM Dickson Mounds Museum
Saturday, November 10, 2012, 10:00 AM - 3:30 PM

Beginning and intermediate to advanced workshops on playing mountain dulcimers will be offered on Saturday, November 10, 2012 at the Dickson Mounds Museum.  Well-known folk musician, Mike Anderson of Jacksonville, IL will present two workshop sessions, one for beginners and one for intermediate/advanced players.  This is the annual workshop where participants will be learning holiday tunes.
 
Beginners will learn basic strumming and songs in a session scheduled from 10:00 a.m. Find out more ...


Second Sunday Science Series: The Science of Climate Change
ISM Dickson Mounds Museum
Sunday, November 11, 2012, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Dr. Eric Grimm of the Illinois State Museum will speak on “The Science of Climate Change” at Dickson Mounds Museum on Sunday, November 11, 2012 as part of the Second Sunday Science Series sponsored by Dickson Mounds and the University of Illinois at Springfield Therkildsen Field Station. 
 
Grimm will discuss the major climate and vegetation changes in Illinois since the last Ice Age, how scientists reconstruct past vegetation and climate, the major natural and man-made drivers of climate change, and how these factors may affect our future climate. Find out more ...


Hickory Ridge Concert Series: Bovee and Heil Bring Old Time Country to Hickory Ridge
ISM Dickson Mounds Museum
Saturday, November 17, 2012, 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Perennial favorites Bob Bovee and Gail Heil will bring their wide repertoire of Old Time Country Music to the Hickory Ridge Coffeehouse on Saturday night, November 17, 2012 at 7:30 p.m.  Performing on guitar, banjo, harmonica and fiddle, this Award winning duo combines square dance tunes, cowboy songs, blues, ragtime, novelty numbers, and yodels into an engaging evening of old time fun! Find out more ...


"Who Owns the Past" Documentary
ISM Dickson Mounds Museum
Wednesday, December 05, 2012, 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM

The next Illinois Valley Archaeological Society (IVAS) lecture will be Wednesday, December 5, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. Find out more ...


Hickory Ridge Concert Series: Guitar/Harmonica Duo
ISM Dickson Mounds Museum
Saturday, December 15, 2012, 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Berchtold and Stear take the stage Saturday night, December 15, 2012, at the Hickory Ridge Concert Series at 7:30 pm in the auditorium of the Dickson Mounds Museum.  Known for “toe-tapping soul food for the acoustically hungry”, David Berchtold and Brian Stear have been keeping their fans well-fed with acoustic fingerstyle guitar and harmonica deeply influenced by Piedmont Blues and the folk and rock sound of the early 70's. Find out more ...


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 ...


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

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