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  Events on Sunday, October 06, 2013, Dickson Mounds   

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 ...


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

  Events, Dickson Mounds   

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.

Mr. Find out more ...


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 ...


Artifact Identification Day
ISM Dickson Mounds Museum
Sunday, March 02, 2014, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Dickson Mounds Museum will host the 32nd Annual Artifact Identification Day on Sunday, March 2, 2014 between 10:00 a.m. Find out more ...


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

Mr. Robert Mazrim, Illinois State Archaeological Survey, will present a lecture titled: Archaeological Reflections of the American Frontier in Illinois 1815-1840 at the Wednesday, March 5, 2014 meeting of the Illinois Valley Archaeological Society. Find out more ...


Tots and their Big Person: Duck, Duck, Goose
ISM Dickson Mounds Museum
Thursday, March 06, 2014, 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM

At Dickson Mounds on Thursday, March 6, 2014, at 9:30 a.m., the Tot Time topic will be Duck, Duck, Goose.  The Illinois Natural History Survey-Forbes Biological Station will show live birds and share information about each species.  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 ...


Museum Movie Matinee—The Indiana Jones Series
ISM Dickson Mounds Museum
Saturday, March 08, 2014, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Dickson Mounds Museum is hosting a monthly Movie Matinee series featuring Indiana Jones.  On Saturday, March 8, 2014 at 1:00 p.m., participants will enjoy complimentary popcorn and beverages while viewing “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade”.  This 1989 classic is the third movie in the Indiana Jones series and is set in 1938.  It depicts archaeologist Indiana Jones searching for his missing father, a Holy Grail scholar, who had been kidnapped by the Nazis.  Following the movie, participants may embark upon a non-competitive scavenger hunt through the Museum.     

This program is free and registration is not required.  Donations are welcomed.  Children ages 13 and under must be accompanied by an adult.

Find out more ...


Nature Exploration
ISM Dickson Mounds Museum
Tuesday, March 11, 2014 - Wednesday, March 12, 2014, 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Dickson Mounds Museum presents Nature Exploration on Tuesday and Wednesday, March 11 & 12, 2014 for kids ages 9-12 years old. Find out more ...


Hickory Ridge Concert Series: Andrew & Casey Calhoun
ISM Dickson Mounds Museum
Saturday, March 15, 2014, 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Performing at the Saturday, March 15, 2014, Hickory Ridge Concert Series will be Andrew & Casey Calhoun. Find out more ...


Nature Exploration
ISM Dickson Mounds Museum
Tuesday, March 25, 2014 - Wednesday, March 26, 2014, 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Bugs, wetlands, trees, plants, mammals, birds, flowers, and more! Explore various aspects of nature in two days. Find out more ...


Bird Watching at Emiquon
ISM Dickson Mounds Museum
Saturday, March 29, 2014, 7:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Dickson Mounds Museum is hosting a bird watching opportunity at the Wetland Observatory at the Emiquon Preserve on Saturday, March 29, 2014 at 7:00 a.m. Find out more ...


Illinois Valley Archaeological Society Lecture Series
ISM Dickson Mounds Museum
Wednesday, April 02, 2014, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Mr. Richard L. Fishel, Senior Research Archaeologist, Illinois State Archaeological Survey, will present a talk titled: “Recent Investigations at a Probable 1820s Potawatomi Winter Homestead along the Spoon River” at the Wednesday, April 2, 2014 meeting of the Illinois Valley Archaeological Society. Find out more ...


Tot Time: Fun for Tots & their Big People
ISM Dickson Mounds Museum
Thursday, April 03, 2014, 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM

At Dickson Mounds Museum on Thursday, April 3, 2014, at 9:30 a.m., the Tot Time topic will be "From Garbage to Art." The program will emphasize the importance of reducing, reusing, and recycling garbage. Find out more ...


Museum Movie Matinee—The Indiana Jones Series
ISM Dickson Mounds Museum
Saturday, April 05, 2014, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Enjoy the Indiana Jones movies once a month on a Saturday afternoon January-April in the Museum's auditorium. Find out more ...


Nature Exploration
ISM Dickson Mounds Museum
Thursday, April 17, 2014 - Friday, April 18, 2014, 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Dickson Mounds Museum presents Nature Exploration on Thursday and Friday, April 17 and 18, 2014 for kids ages 9-12 years old. Find out more ...


Hickory Ridge Concert Series: Small Potatoes
ISM Dickson Mounds Museum
Saturday, April 19, 2014, 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Award winning folk duo Small Potatoes is known for their outstanding talents as performers, songwriters and instrumentalists. Find out more ...


Tot Time: Fun for Tots & their Big People
ISM Dickson Mounds Museum
Thursday, May 01, 2014, 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM

At Dickson Mounds on Thursday, May 1, 2014, at 9:30 a.m., the Tot Time topic will be “Go Fly a Kite”. Find out more ...


IVAS Lecture Series: Shadows of the Past: The Results of Remote Sensing Surveys at Morton Village
ISM Dickson Mounds Museum
Wednesday, May 07, 2014, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Please Note — Presenter and topic change due to a scheduling conflict.

Due to a scheduling conflict the May 7, 2014 presenter will now be Dr. Find out more ...


Mother-Daughter Native American Craft Workshop
ISM Dickson Mounds Museum
Saturday, May 10, 2014, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Mothers and daughters join us on Saturday, May 10, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. for a special afternoon of learning about Native American beading/weaving. Find out more ...


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

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