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Public Events -- Illinois State Museum, Springfield

  Events on Wednesday, March 12, 2014, ISM Springfield   

Paul Mickey Science Series: Spanish Entradas and Indian Roads: The 16th-Century Interior of the U.S. Southeast
ISM Research & Collections Center
Wednesday, March 12, 2014, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Presented by Dr. Kathryn Sampeck, Illinois State University

Several 16th-century accounts relate the expedition of Hernando de Soto and his army in the Southeast during the spring of 1540, as well as the forays of Juan Pardo and his soldiers in 1567. Find out more ...


Brownbag Lectures: Out of Beringia: Genetics, Paleo-ecology, and Archaeology
ISM Research & Collections Center
Wednesday, March 12, 2014, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Presented by John F. Hoffecker, INSTAAR/University of Colorado-Boulder & Illinos State Museum

Human geneticists argue that most Native Americans are derived from a population isolated from its source in Asia for thousands of years before dispersing in the Americas, and some suggest that the isolated population was located in Beringia during the Last Glacial Maximum [LGM] (i.e., “Out of Beringia” or “Beringian Stand-still” model).  Evidence has accumulated for decades that central Beringia supported a shrub tundra environment with some trees and experienced relatively mild temperatures during the LGM, apparently reflecting the effect of moist air from the North Pacific Ocean.  The central Beringian shrub tundra zone represents a credible LGM refugium for humans and may have been the only substantive source of wood at high latitudes during this interval (roughly 28,000 to 17,000 years ago).  The Yana River sites document human occupation of northwestern Beringia before the LGM.  The absence of archaeological sites dating to the LGM may be explained by the inundation of central Beringia after 12,000 years ago.  Sites dating to the post-LGM period include (1) an industry that is recently derived from Northeast Asia (Dyuktai) after 15,000 years ago, as well as (2) another industry or industries (Ushki-Nenana) that has no obvious antecedents outside Beringia and may be an archaeological proxy for the hypothesized “Beringia Standstill” population that occupied central Beringia during the LGM and subsequently dispersed southward to the Americas.

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

  Events, ISM Springfield   

Brownbag Lectures: Unlocking the Mystery of Edwards Place
ISM Research & Collections Center
Wednesday, September 03, 2014, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Presented by Erika Holst, Springfield Art Association

Built in 1833, Edwards Place is the oldest house in town. Find out more ...


FIRST FRIDAY at the ILLINOIS STATE MUSEUM: LOCALICIOUS
Illinois State Museum, Springfield
Friday, September 05, 2014, 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM

First Fridays at the Illinois State Museum are back! After a summer-long hiatus, your state museum will once again be open after hours to celebrate the unique cultural heritage of Illinois. Find out more ...


Satur-Play! Soap Soufflé
Illinois State Museum, Springfield
Saturday, September 06, 2014, 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Every Saturday is Super!
Experience Satur-Play! at the Illinois State Museum. Be drawn in by fun science experiments and art projects so entertaining and intriguing, you may forget you are learning! Find out more ...


Story Time at the Museum: Fishy Fun
Illinois State Museum, Springfield
Monday, September 08, 2014, 10:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Listen to stories about fish and see specimens from the Museum's collections.

Join us the second Monday of each month at 10:00 a.m. Find out more ...


Paul Mickey Science Series: Morton Village: New Views on the Intersection of Oneota and Mississippian Worlds
ISM Research & Collections Center
Wednesday, September 10, 2014, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Presented by Dr. Jodie A. O'Gorman, Associate Professor and Chair of Anthropology, Michigan State University

Understanding the larger social context for elevated levels of violence that have been documented for late prehistory in the Central Illinois River Valley has been the over-arching goal guiding research at the Morton Village excavations for the past seven years. Find out more ...


Brownbag Lectures: Living Fossils of Gymnosperms Currently Endemic to Eastern Asia
ISM Research & Collections Center
Wednesday, September 10, 2014, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Presented by Dr. Hong Qian, Curator of Botany, Illinois State Museum

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Super Saturdays at the Illinois State Museum: Museum Kicks on Route 66
Illinois State Museum, Springfield
Saturday, September 13, 2014, 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM

You voted. Find out more ...


Satur-Play! Route 66 Racetrack
Illinois State Museum, Springfield
Saturday, September 13, 2014, 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Every Saturday is Super!
Experience Satur-Play! at the Illinois State Museum. Be drawn in by fun science experiments and art projects so entertaining and intriguing, you may forget you are learning! Find out more ...


Brown Bag Lecture Series
ISM Research & Collections Center
Wednesday, September 17, 2014, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Dr. Jeffery Saunders, Curator and Chair of Geology, Illinois State Museum, will present "A BESTIARY OF THE Beautiful-horned Wild Beast of the Low Hills AND OTHERS OF ITS ICE AGE COHORT IN ILLINOIS."

Weekly lectures held at the Museum's Research and Collections Center. Find out more ...


Satur-Play! Leaf "Salad" Art
Illinois State Museum, Springfield
Saturday, September 20, 2014, 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Every Saturday is Super!
Experience Satur-Play! at the Illinois State Museum. Be drawn in by fun science experiments and art projects so entertaining and intriguing, you may forget you are learning! Find out more ...


Brownbag Lectures: Bowed Chordophones* of the World
ISM Research & Collections Center
Wednesday, September 24, 2014, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Presented by Dr. Sharon Graf, University of Illinois, Springfield

*chordophone, any of a class of musical instruments in which a stretched, vibrating string produces the initial sound. Find out more ...


Satur-Play! Cloud in a Bottle
Illinois State Museum, Springfield
Saturday, September 27, 2014, 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Every Saturday is Super!
Experience Satur-Play! at the Illinois State Museum. Be drawn in by fun science experiments and art projects so entertaining and intriguing, you may forget you are learning! Find out more ...


FIRST FRIDAY @ the ILLINOIS STATE MUSEUM: LOCALICIOUS PART DEUX
Illinois State Museum, Springfield
Friday, October 03, 2014, 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM

First Friday is back! Your state museum is open after hours to celebrate the unique cultural heritage of Illinois. Find out more ...


Paul Mickey Science Series: Recent Geophysical and Archaeological Investigations at the Golden Eagle Site (11C120)
ISM Research & Collections Center
Wednesday, October 08, 2014, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Presented by Jason King, Center for American Archaeology, Kampsville, Illinois

The Golden Eagle site (11C120), located near the confluence of the Mississippi and Illinois Rivers, in Calhoun County, is the only known Lower Illinois Valley mound site that includes an earthen enclosure. Find out more ...


Ancient Earthworks of Ohio: 2014 Archaeology, History, & Natural History Bus Trip
ISM Research & Collections Center
Thursday, October 09, 2014 - Saturday, October 11, 2014, 7:00 AM - 8:00 PM

Dr. Michael Wiant, Director of Dickson Mounds Museum will be the study leader for the trip.

Join us as we discover the mysteries of the prehistoric mound builders in southern and central Ohio. Find out more ...


Super Saturdays at the Museum: Far Out Rocks
Illinois State Museum, Springfield
Saturday, October 11, 2014, 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Explore the geology of space with specimens from the Museum's collection, games, and crafts.

Bring the whole family to Super Saturdays at the Illinois State Museum! Find out more ...


Story Time at the Museum: In Space
Illinois State Museum, Springfield
Monday, October 13, 2014, 10:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Listen to stories about space and see specimens from the Museum's collections. Find out more ...


Super Saturdays at the Museum: Creatures of the Night
Illinois State Museum, Springfield
Saturday, November 08, 2014, 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Learn about nocturnal animals, see specimens from the Museum's collection, play games, and make crafts. Find out more ...


Story Time at the Museum: Fall Fun
Illinois State Museum, Springfield
Monday, November 10, 2014, 10:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Listen to stories about fall. Find out more ...


Biodiversity Blitz! Family Event
Illinois State Museum, Springfield
Saturday, November 15, 2014, 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Learn about Illinois' threatened and endangered species and celebrate conservation success stories with hands-on games and activities. Find out more ...


Collector's Day
Illinois State Museum, Springfield
Saturday, November 22, 2014, 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Many of the finest pieces of the Museum's collections were donated by people with a passion for collecting. Find out more ...


Story Time at the Museum: Who? Who? Owls!
Illinois State Museum, Springfield
Monday, December 08, 2014, 10:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Learn about owls and see specimens from the Museum's collections.

Join us the second Monday of each month at 10:00 a.m. Find out more ...


Super Saturdays at the Museum: Celebrations Around the World
Illinois State Museum, Springfield
Saturday, December 13, 2014, 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Learn about winter-time cultural celebrations from around the globe, play games, and make crafts.

Bring the whole family to Super Saturdays at the Illinois State Museum! Find out more ...


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

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