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Release: Aug. 28, 2002

(Editors: Receipt of this release indicates Archaeology Month events in your geographic area.)

September Is Iowa Archaeology Month

Young students on the hunt for the perfect backpack during this back-to-school season might be dumbfounded to learn that when their ancient ancestors needed a new bag they engaged in quite a different sort of hunt -- to kill an animal, skin it and sew a bag using the skin.

Throughout September Iowans will have many opportunities to learn about ancient containers as the Office of the State Archaeologist celebrates Iowa Archaeology Month 2002, "Bags, Bowls, Boxes, and Baskets: Life Before Plastic." This year's celebration highlights the importance that containers have played throughout Iowa history and the evidence they might leave in the archaeological record.

"Beginning with the woven basketry, ceramics, skin bags, and wooden boxes of Native Americans through the glass bottles, wooden trunks, and metal buckets of early pioneers, containers reflect similar needs for storage, cooking, and transport, but translated into a wide variety of styles, shapes, and ethnic preferences," said Lynn Alex, public archaeology coordinator for the Office of the State Archaeologist. "They also reflect dynamic processes such as interaction, adoption, trade, and the impact of a market economy. And, each has a story to tell!"

Alex said that the month-long celebration is not just for the professional or academic communities. "This program brings together the professional community and the lay person," she said. "Many people don't realize that this state is so rich in archaeological history."

Archaeology Month activities are designed for people of all ages, although some events, such as lectures and videos, are more appropriate for adults. There are also several events throughout the month that are geared specifically towards children, including Time Capsules from the Past, sandbox digs, pottery making, and special archaeology day celebrations at Effigy Mounds National Monument and various conservation centers. Most events are free of charge although some venues have admission fees. Check the calendar http://www.uiowa.edu/~osa/ for details.

Iowa Archaeology Month is a sponsored by the Office of the State Archaeologist at the University of Iowa, Humanities Iowa and the National Endowment for the Humanities, Iowa Archeological Society, State Historical Society of Iowa, Midwest Archeological Center-National Park Service, Fred Maytag Family Foundation, Association of Iowa Archaeologists, Iowa State University Archaeology Laboratory, and Menards of Kewanee, Ill.

For more information about Iowa Archaeology Month, contact Lynn Alex at (319) 384-0561 or lynn-alex@uiowa.edu.

The Office of the State Archaeologist is a research unit of the University of Iowa. Its mission is to discover, disseminate, and preserve knowledge of Iowa's human pre-history and history. The Board of Regents, State of Iowa appoints a State Archaeologist, who is a member of the UI department of anthropology. The State Archaeologist directs a program of statewide archaeological research, service, and education. More information is available at http://www.uiowa.edu/~osa/

Selected regional events include:

AMANA

Event: History and Techniques of Amana Colonies, refreshments provided

Presenter: Joanne E. Schanz (professional basketmaker)

Date: 7 p.m., Tuesday, September 17

Location: Auditorium, Museum of Amana History

Address: 705 44th

Host and Sponsor: Amana Heritage Society

Contact: Angela S. Tjaden (319) 622-3567

Description: Through slides and demonstrations, learn about basket containers used in communal Amana. Includes discussion of coiled, split, and willow baskets.

Event: Home and Away: Containers of Communal Amana, refreshments provided

Presenter: Madeline Roemig Bendorf (professional artist)

Date: 7 p.m., Tuesday, September 24

Location: Auditorium, Museum of Amana History

Address: 705 44th

Host and Sponsor: Amana Heritage Society

Contact: Angela S. Tjaden (319) 622-3567

Description: Presentation about the various containers used in all aspects of the communal era in the Amana Colonies, which lasted from 1855-1932. Examples on display during program.

AMES

Event: Archaeology Day

Presenter: Lynn M. Alex and Steve Lensink (Office of the State Archaeologist), Tom Harvey (Central Iowa Chapter, Iowa Archeological Society), Story County Conservation Board staff and others

Date, 1-4 p.m. (Time Capsule presentation 2-2:45 p.m.), Sunday, September 15

Location: McFarland Park

Address 5646 180th Street

Host and sponsor: Story County Conservation Board

Contact: Nan Geske (515) 232-2516

Description: pottery making, pit firing, flint-knapping, paint from pigments, dig boxes, Time Capsule presentation

BLOOMFIELD

Event: Third Annual Archaeology Awareness Day

Presenter: SE Chapter, Iowa Archeological Society

Date: 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday, September 7

Location: Pioneer Ridge Nature Center

Address: 7 miles south of Ottumwa on Highway 63

Host and Sponsor: SE Chapter, Iowa Archeological Society

Contact: Bill Anderson (319) 456-3911

Description: Presentations in the a.m., potluck lunch, demonstrations in the p.m. Bring collections for identification.

Event: Introduction to prehistoric pottery

Presenter: Anton Till (Southeast Chapter, Iowa Archeological Society)

Date: 6:30 p.m., Thursday, September 19

Location: Pioneer Ridge Nature Center

Address: 7 miles south of Ottumwa on Highway 63Host and Sponsor: Wapello County Conservation Board

Contact: Michele Keifenheim (641) 682-3091 ext. 5, pre-registration required–please call ahead

BONAPARTE

Event: Volunteer Excavation, Bonaparte Pottery

Presenter: Maria Schroeder (Office of the State Archaeologist) and Leah Rogers (Tallgrass Historians, L. C.)

Date: 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., August 24-25, August 31-September 2

Location: Bonaparte Pottery

Address: 411 First Street

Host and Sponsors: Marilyn Thomas, Office of the State Archaeologist, and Iowa Archeological Society

Contact Maria Schroeder (319) 384-0974, Pre-registration required

Fee: $5.00 per day for Iowa Archeological Society members, $10.00 per day for non-members

Description: Derive new information about late 19th century ceramic production at a volunteer excavation of the Bonaparte Pottery Factory.

Event: Tours of Bonaparte Pottery

Presenter: Maria Schroeder (Office of the State Archaeologist) and Leah Rogers (Tallgrass Historians, L.C.)

Date: 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 3 p.m., Saturday, September 21

Location: Bonaparte Pottery

Address: 411 First Street

Host and Sponsor: Marilyn Thomas

Contact: Marilyn Thomas (319) 592-3620

Fee: $3.00 per person, proceeds go toward restoration of the pottery works

BURLINGTON

Event: Forensic Pathology and Archaeology

Presenter: Dr. Earl Rose (Professor Emeritus, UI) and Shirley J. Schermer (Office of the State Archaeologist)

Date: 6:30 p.m., September 16

Location: Burlington Public Library

Address: 501 North Fourth Street

Host and Sponsor: Burlington Public Library

Contact: Beth Schwenker (319) 753-1647

CEDAR FALLS

Event: Videos on Mound Builders

Date: 7 p.m., Wednesday, September 4

Location: University of Northern Iowa Museum

Address: 3219 Hudson Road

Host and Sponsor: Black Hawk Chapter, Iowa Archeological Society

Contact: Lisa Beltz (319) 273-2218

Event: Tour to Effigy Mounds

Date: 9 a.m., Saturday, September 7
Location: Meet in the 24 hr parking lot at the intersection of State Street and Second Street

Contact: Lisa Beltz (319) 273-2218

Description: Meet and car-pool to Effigy Mounds for hike. Bring picnic lunch. Rain date is September 14th. R.S.V.P. lisa.belt@uni.edu by September 6.

Cedar Rapids Area

Event: Archaeology Day

Date: 1-4 p.m., Saturday, September 14

Location: Wickiup Hill Outdoor Learning Area

Address: Follow signs from intersection of Blairs Ferry Road and Feather Ridge Road west of Cedar Rapids

Host and Sponsor: Linn County Conservation Board

Contact: Gail Barels (319) 438-1364

Description: Come and join the conservation staff and other experts in American Indian skills and archaeology, and explore the diverse areas once used by the inhabitants at Wickiup Hill

CHARITON AREA

Event: Flintnapping and Ceramic Demonstration; Artifact Road Show

Presenter: Dave Parker and Angela Hopkins (Southeast Chapter Iowa Archeological Society) and Steve Lensink (Office of the State Archaeologist)

Date: 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday, September 14 (Artifact Road Show at 1 p.m.)

Location: Pin Oak Marsh Lodge

Address: 1 mile south of Chariton on Hwy. 14

Host and Sponsor: Lucas County Conservation Board

Contact: Skylar Hobbs (641) 774-2438

Description: bring artifact collections for identification.

CHEROKEE

Event: Artifact Identification and Prehistoric Technology Demonstrations (pottery making, flinknapping, grinding corn)

Date: 10 a.m. to noon, September 14

Location: Sanford Museum and Planetarium

Address: 117 East Willow

Host and Sponsor: Sanford Museum and Planetarium and Northwest Chapter, Iowa Archeological Society

Contact: Linda Burkhart (712) 225-3922

Exhibit: The Mill Creek Culture of NW Iowa

Date: Throughout September

Location: Sanford Museum and Planetarium

Address: 117 East Willow

Host and Sponsor: Sanford Museum and Planetarium and Northwest Chapter, Iowa Archeological Society

Contact: Linda Burkhart (712) 225-3922

DAVENPORT

Event: "Prehistoric and Historic Containers: Archaeological, Ethnographic, and Participatory Perspectives; and Artifact Road Show, refreshments served

Presenter: David M. Gradwohl (Professor Emeritus, Iowa State University), Stephen C. Lensink (Office of the State Archaeologist)

Date: 2-3 p.m. for presentation, 3:15-4:00 pm for Road Show, Sunday, September 29

Location: Palmer Lecture Hall, Putnam Museum

Address: 1717 West 12th Street

Host and Sponsor: Putnam Museum

Contact: Donna Murray (563) 324-0059

Description: Presentation on prehistoric and historic containers from Iowa. Bring artifacts from your collections for identification, determination of age and origin, and historic implications.

DECORAH

Event: Archaeology of New Zealand and the South Pacific

Presenter: Bob Palmer (Effigy Mounds National Monument)

Date: 7:30 p.m., Thursday, September 26

Location: Olin Building, Room 102, Luther College

Address: 700 College Drive

Host and Sponsor: Luther College Anthropology Program, Ellison Orr Chapter, Iowa Archeological

Society, and Effigy Mounds National Monument

Contact: Lori A. Stanley (563) 387-1283 or Joe B. Thompson (563) 387-0092

DES MOINES AREA

Exhibit: The Glass Beautiful: Depression Glass 1920-1940

Date: Throughout September

Location: Resource Center, State Historical Society Museum

Address: 600 East Locust

Host and Sponsor: State Historical Society of Iowa and Iowa Depression Glass Club

Contact: Michael Smith (515) 281-3589 or Sarah Oltrogge (515) 281-4011

Event: Flintknapping, Atlatl Demonstration, and Artifact Display (at Visitors Center);

Willow Basket Weaving, Learn How Ioway Indian Families Lived and Farmed (at 1700 Ioway Indian Farm)

Presenters: Members of the Central Iowa Chapter, Iowa Archeological Society, and Melinda Carriker, 1700 Ioway Indian farm supervisor, Living History Farms

Date: 1-4 p.m., Saturday, September 7

Location: Living History Farms Visitor Center and 1700 Ioway Indian Farm, Living History Farms

Address: 2600 111th Street, Urbandale

Hosts: Central Iowa Chapter, Iowa Archeological Society and Living History Farms

Contact: Michael Heimbaugh (Central Iowa Chapter, Iowa Archeological Society) (515) 255-4909 or Rick Finch (Living History Farms) (515) 278-5286

Fee: $2.00 off admission to Living History Farms with proof of Iowa Archeological Society membership

Event: Artifact Road Show

Date: 1:30-3:30 p.m., Sunday, September 22

Presenter: Stephen C. Lensink (Office of the State Archaeologist)

Location: State Historical Society Museum

Address: 600 East Locust

Host: State Historical Society of Iowa

Contact: Sarah Macht (515) 242-5193

Description: Bring artifact collections for identification.

Event: The Making of Prehistoric Pottery (hands-on participation), and Display and Discussion of Iowa's 19th Century Historic Pottery

Presenters: Don Raker (Central Iowa Chapter, Iowa Archeological Society) and George Goeldner (State Historical Society of Iowa)

Date: 1:30-3:30 p.m., Sunday, September, 29

Location: Heritage Room, State Historical Society Museum

Address: 600 East Locust

Hosts: Central Iowa Chapter, Iowa Archeological Society and State Historical Society of Iowa

Contact: Michael Heimbaugh (Central Iowa Chapter, Iowa Archeological Society) (515) 255-4909 or Sarah Macht (State Historical Society of Iowa) (515)-242-5193

DUBUQUE

Event: Ancient Hunting Technology and Flintknapping

Presenter: Mark Anderson (Office of the State Archaeologist)

Date: 10:30 a.m. ancient hunting; 1:30 p.m. flintknapping, Saturday, September 14

Location: E.B. Lyons Interpretive Center, Mines of Spain Recreation Area

Address: 8999 Bellevue Heights

Host and Sponsor: Friends of the Mines of Spain

Contact: Shannon Ault (563) 556-0620

DUNDEE

Event: Basket Making with Natural Materials

Presenter: Abbey Harkrader (Iowa Department of Natural Resources)

Date: 1 p.m., Saturday, September 21

Location: Backbone State Park

Address: 1 mile north of Dundee on county road

Host and Sponsor: Iowa Department of Natural Resources

Contact: Abbey Harkrader (563) 924-2135

EARLHAM AREA

Event: Archaeological Investigations of the Nineteenth Century Stoneware Industry in the Central Des Moines River Valley. Presentation followed by a visit to Russ Leckband's twenty-first-century stoneware studio and kiln

Presenter: David M. Gradwohl (Professor Emeritus, Iowa State University) and Russ Leckband (professional potter)

Date: 1 p.m., Saturday, September 14

Location: Bear Creek Meeting House

Address: Bear Creek Road, 1 mile north of Earlham Exit 104 off I-80

Host and Sponsor: Office of the State Archaeologist, Bear Creek Meeting House, Dallas County Conservation Board

Contact: Lynn M. Alex (319) 384-0561 or Pete Malmberg (515) 465-3577

Description: Dr. Gradwohl will provide a slide program and presentation about archaeological investigations at historic kilns along the Des Moines River. Afterward Russ Leckband will lead a tour of his pottery works and discuss various aspects of the making and wood firing of pottery.

ELKADER

Event: The Prehistoric Pottery of Northeast Iowa

Presenter: David W. Benn (Bear Creek Archaeology)

Date: 1 p.m., Saturday, September 21

Location: Osborne Nature Center

Address: 5 miles south of Elkader on Highway 13

Host and Sponsor: Clayton County Conservation Board

Contact: Dan Brinkman (563) 245-1516

Exhibit: Prehistoric Pottery from Northeast Iowa

Date: Throughout September

Location: Osborne Nature Center

Address: 5 miles south of Elkader on Highway 13

Host and Sponsor: Clayton County Conservation Board

Contact: Dan Brinkman (563) 245-1516

FAIRFIELD AREA

Event: Woodland ceramics in the Skunk and Des Moines River Valleys

Present: Mike Perry (Office of the State Archaeologist)

Date: 2 p.m., September 28

Location: Jefferson County Park

Address: Southeast of Fairfield: take Hwy 1 south from Fairfield, right onto Libertyville Road, 1.5 miles to Jefferson County Park (follow brown arrowhead signs from Fairfield)

Host and Sponsor: Jefferson County Conservation Board

Contact: Therese Cummiskey (641) 472-4421

FORT ATKINSON

Event: Ft. Atkinson Area Archaeology: Results of Recent University of Iowa Field School Investigations (slide presentation and display of artifacts)

Presenter: John Doershuk (Office of the State Archaeologist)

Date: 7:30 p.m., Friday, September 27,

Location: Fort Atkinson Community Gym

Address: 300 Third St. NW

Host and Sponsor: Fort Atkinson Historic Preservation Commission

Contact: Al Becker (563) 534-7502 (or) albecker@acegroup.cc

Description: During the summers of 2000 and 2001, University of Iowa archaeological field schools investigated a number of area sites dating to the 1840s era. Dr. Doershuk will describe the results of these projects and their contributions to the understanding of area history.

GLENWOOD

Event: Keg Creek Days (pottery and basket making)

Presenter: Sam Collins, Steve Peters, and Dennis Miller (Paul Rowe Chapter, Iowa Archeological Society)

Date: Sunday, August 25

Location: Reconstructed earthlodge

Address: Glenwood Lake Park on the east edge of town

Host and Sponsor: Rowe Chapter Iowa Archeological Society

Contact: Dennis Miller (712) 525-1007

HARPERS FERRY

Exhibit: Native American Rock Art of the Upper Mississippi Valley

Date: September 1–November 30

Location: Effigy Mounds Visitor Center

Address: Effigy Mounds National Monument, 151 Hwy 76

Host and Sponsor: Effigy Mounds National Monument*

Contact: (563) 873-3491

Fee: Park admission $2.00 per person or $4.00 per vehicle

Event: Chautaugua: Native American Rock Art of the Upper Mississippi Valley

Presenter: Robert F. "Ernie" Boszhardt (Mississippi Valley Archaeology Center)

Date: 7 p.m., Friday, September 6

Location: Effigy Mounds Visitor Center

Address: Effigy Mounds National Monument, 151 Hwy 76

Host and Sponsor: Effigy Mounds National Monument*

Contact: (563) 873-3491

Fee: Park admission $2.00 per person or $4.00 per vehicle

Event: Guided Hike to the Founders Pond and Nezekaw Point Overlooks

Presenter: Effigy Mounds Park ranger

Date: 1–3 p.m., September 7

Location: Meet at the Effigy Mounds Visitor Center

Address: Effigy Mounds National Monument, 151 Hwy 76

Host and Sponsor: Effigy Mounds National Monument*

Contact: (563) 873-3491

Fee: Park admission $2.00 per person or $4.00 per vehicle

Description: Join a ranger for a hike to the least visited mound group and trail section in the monument-and perhaps the best scenic bluff top view! This is a moderately strenuous, two–mile hike, but worth the work.

Event: Children's Archaeology Day

Date: 10 a.m.–noon, Saturday, September 7

Location: Effigy Mounds Visitor Center

Address: Effigy Mounds National Monument, 151 Hwy 76

Host and Sponsor: Effigy Mounds National Monument*

Contact: (563) 873-3491

Fee: Park admission $2.00 per person or $4.00 per vehicle

Description: "Learn through doing" with pottery making and mock field excavations

Event: Guided Hike to the Marching Bear Mound Group

Presenter: Effigy Mounds Park ranger

Date: 1–4 p.m., September 14

Location: Meet at the Effigy Mounds Visitor Center

Address: Effigy Mounds National Monument, 151 Hwy 76

Host and Sponsor: Effigy Mounds National Monument*

Contact: (563) 873-3491

Fee: Park admission $2.00 per person or $4.00 per vehicle

Description: Moderately strenuous, four-mile hike to the best preserved effigy mounds left in the area.

Event: Special Guided Hike to the Marching Bear Mound Group

Presenter: Park ranger (Effigy Mounds National Monument) and Lynn M Alex (Office of the State Archaeologist)

Date: 1 p.m.–4 p.m. September 21

Location: Meet at the Effigy Mounds Visitor Center

Address: Effigy Mounds National Monument, 151 Hwy 76

Host and Sponsor: Effigy Mounds National Monument*

Contact: (563) 873-3491

Fee: Park admission $2.00 per person or $4.00 per vehicle

Description: Moderately strenuous, four-mile hike to the best preserved effigy mounds left in the area.

*Effigy Mounds National Monument was established to preserve the archaeological past of northeastern Iowa. Visitation is year-round. The bookstore at the Visitor Center features a variety of titles and books pertaining to archaeology and Native America history as well as a selection of pipestone items. Visit: http://www.nps.gov/efmo/home.htm

INDEPENDENCE AREA

Event: Flintknapping at Jakway Septemberfest

Presenter: Mark Anderson (Office of the State Archaeologist)

Date: 1-3 p.m. September 8 (Septemberfest 10 a.m.-5 p.m.)

Location: Jakway Forest

Address: 2 mi. south of Aurora, 8 mi. north of Winthrop on County Road W45. Winthrop exit on Hwy 20 is about 8 miles east of Independence

Host and Sponsor: Buchanan County Conservation Board and the Richardson-Jakway Foundation

Contact: Mike VanRaden (319) 634-3378 or (319) 636-2617

Fee: Free-will donations toward renovation of the 1851 Richardson-Jakway home.

Event: 5th Grade Environmental Day: Atlatl and Flintknapping

Presenter: Mark Anderson (Office of the State Archaeologist)

Date: All day, Thursday, September 19

LOCATION: NATURE CENTER, FONTANA COUNTY PARK

Address: 10 miles north of Independence on Hwy 150

Host and Sponsor: Buchanan County Conservation Board and Iowa State University Extension

Contact: Dan Cohen (319) 636-2617, local school groups only.

IOWA CITY

Exhibit: Held in Glass: A Mini-Exhibit of Historic Glass Containers

Date: Throughout September

Location: Johnson County Historical Society's History Learning Center

Address: 2nd Floor, Old Capital Town Center, Clinton Street

Host and Sponsor: Johnson County Historical Society

Contact: Leigh Ann Jero (319) 351-5738

Description: From ink bottles to baby bottles, before plastic, glass was often the material of choice for a variety of containers used in homes and businesses. This window exhibit features an assortment of glass containers used in Johnson County during the 19th and early 20th centuries.

Event: 3000 Years of Iowa Containers, and Open house for Iowa's new State Archaeologist

Date: 1-3 p.m., Sunday, September 22, refreshment served

Location: Office of the State Archaeologist

Address: 700 Clinton Street Building, University of Iowa

Host and Sponsor: Office of the State Archaeologist

Contact: Lynn M. Alex (319) 384-0561, John Cordell (319) 384-0741

Description: Come see the wonderful containers curated at the Office of the State Archaeologist and meet Dr. Elizabeth Prine Pauls, Iowa's new State Archaeologist.

Exhibit: Archaeology Display

Date: Throughout September

Location Iowa City Public Library

Address: 123 South Linn Street

Host and Sponsor: Iowa City Public Library and Museum of Natural History, UI

Contact: Deb Dunn (319) 356-5200

JOHNSTON

Exhibit: World War I materials

Date: Throughout September

Location: Gold Star Military Museum, Camp Dodge

Address: 7700 NW Beaver Drive, A-9

Host and Sponsor: Gold Star Military Museum

Contact: Michael Vogt (515) 252-4531

MAQUOKETA

Event: Sandbox Digs

Date: September 16-20

Location: Jackson County Historical Museum

Address: East end of Quarry Street

Host and Sponsor: Jackson County Conservation Board and the Jackson County Historical Museum

Contact: Jackson County Conservation Board Office (563) 652-3783. Area teachers of grades 3-6 should call to schedule a visit for the sandbox dig activities and to tour the museum.

Description: Students will work in small groups to uncover "artifacts" in sandboxes representing different eras of early Iowa. Students will map the sites, record their observations, sort artifacts, and develop theories about what era their sandbox represents. Students will also learn the best procedures when real artifacts are found.

Event: Title to be announced

Presenter: Colin Betts (Luther College)

Date: 1:30 p.m., Sunday, September 22

Location: Jackson County Historical Museum

Address: East end of Quarry Street

Host and Sponsor: Jackson County Conservation Board and the Jackson County Historical Museum

MARSHALLTOWN

Event: To be announced

Presenter: Leah Rogers (Tallgrass Historians, L. C.)

Date: Saturday, early October

Location: Marshall County Historical Society Museum

Address:

Host and Sponsor: Marshall County Historical Society

Contact: Gary Cameron

MISSOURI VALLEY

Exhibit: Steamboat Bertrand Excavation and Recovered Artifacts

Date: 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., daily throughout September

Host: DeSoto Bend National Wildlife Refuge and Visitor Center

Location: Visitor Center, 5 miles west of I29 on Hwy 30 (Missouri Valley Exit)

Contact: (712) 642-4121

Cost: $3.00 per vehicle or federal pass card

MORRISON

Exhibit: Native American Life

Date: Throughout September

Location: Grundy County Heritage Museum

Address: 204 4th Street

Host and Sponsor: Grundy County Conservation Board and Grundy County Heritage Museum

Contact: Kevin Williams (319) 345-2688

Event: Pioneer Craft Fair: Artifact Road Show

Presenter: Tim Weitzel (professional archaeologist)

Date:1-5 p.m., Saturday, September 8 (Road Show at 2-3:30 p.m.)

Location: Grundy County Heritage Museum

Address: 204 4th Street

Host and Sponsor: Grundy County Conservation Board and Grundy County Heritage Museum

Contact: Kevin Williams (319) 345-2688

Description: bring artifact collections for identification.

Event: From Your Grandparents' Cellar to the Antique Store: Nineteenth Century Iowa Stoneware

Presenter: Maria Schroeder (Office of the State Archaeologist)

Date: 2 p.m., Saturday, September 28

Location: Grundy County Heritage Museum

Host and Sponsor: Grundy County Conservation Board and Grundy County Heritage Museum

Contact: Kevin Williams (319) 345-2688

Description: bring artifact collections for identification.

MOUNT PLEASANT

Event: From Ancient Indians to Railroads: Archaeology along Highways 34 and 218 around Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, refreshments provided

Presenter: Tom Chadderdon (Louis Berger Group, Inc.)

Date: 7 p.m., Tuesday, September 24

Location: Midwest Old Threshers Association, Foundation Room in the gift shop

Address: 405 E. Threshers Road

Host and Sponsor: Henry County Conservation Board, Henry County Nature Club, Midwest Old Threshers Association

Contact: Don Peak (319) 385-5067, Jim Cisco (319) 385-1918

MUSCATINE

Event: Jewels of Shell: Unique Artifacts from Iowa's Ancient Past

Presenter: Lynn M. Alex (Office of the State Archaeologist)

Date: 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, September 17

Location: Pearl Button Museum

Address: 117 West Second

Host and Sponsor: Pearl Button Museum and Muscatine Art Center

Contact: Jeff Kurtz (563) 263-1052

Event: Heritage Days: Is There a Doctor in the House?: Excavations at the Merry-Lowry Homestead near Montpelier, Iowa; In Search of Ft. Des Moines No. 2 (food, demonstrations of pioneer crafts)

Presenter: Randy Withrow (Louis Berger Group, Inc.)

Date:10 a.m.-4 p.m. September 7

Location: Wildcat Den State Park

Address: 1 mile off Hwy. 22 between Muscatine and Davenport

Host and Sponsor: Friends of Pine Creek Grist Mill, Friends of Melpine School, Wildcat Den State Park

Contact: Tom Hanifan (563) 263-4818 or Wildcat Den State Park (563) 263-4337

NEW LONDON

Exhibit: Bags, Bowls, Boxes, and Baskets: Life Before Plastic

Date: Throughout September

Location: Dover Historical Museum

Address: 213 W. Main St.

Host and Sponsor: Dover Historical Society

Contact: Carol Lehman (319) 367-2573

NORTH LIBERTY

Exhibit: 2,000 Years Ago in Iowa

Date: Throughout September

Location: North Liberty Public Library and Recreation Center

Address: 520 West Cherry

Host and Sponsor: North Liberty Public Library

Contact: Laura Kuhl (319) 626-5701

Event: Woodpecker Cave and the Archaeology of the Coralville Lake Area and Tour

Presenter: Lynn M. Alex (Office of the State Archaeologist)

Date: 6:30 p.m., Saturday, September 7

Location: Meet and park at the first two pull-overs at the entrance to Sugar Bottom Road

Address: Just east of the Mahaffey Bridge Road between North Liberty and Solon

Host and Sponsor: Rock Island District of the U.S. Corps of Engineers, Coralville Lake

Contact: Sara Kosiba (319) 338-3543

Description: Come hear about the archaeology of the Coralville Lake area and visit a rock shelter site excavated decades ago.

OSKALOOSA

Event: Prehistoric Pottery Workshop in the Tradition of Iowa's Woodland Indian Culture

Presenter: Pete Eyheralde (Mahaska County Conservation Board)

Date: 2-3:30 p.m., Saturday, September 7

Location: Conservation Center, Russell Wildlife Area

Address: 5 miles north of Oskaloosa, 1 mile east on gravel 200th Street

Host and Sponsor: Mahaska County Conservation Board

Contact: Mahaska County Conservation Board Office (641) 673-9327, mccb@kdsi.net

Description: Join MCCB naturalist for an afternoon of pottery making. Clay, temper and tools will be provided for shaping and decorating a pot to take home.

PALO

Event: Basket Making with Natural Materials

Presenter: Abbey Harkrader (Iowa Department of Natural Resources)

Date: 1 p.m., Sunday, September 22

Location: Second campground, Pleasant Creek State Recreation Area

Address: 5 miles north of Palo on county road

Host and Sponsor: Iowa Department of Natural Resources

Contact: Abbey Harkrader (563) 924-2135

Perry

Event: Artifact Road Show

Presenter: Marlin Ingalls (Office of the State Archaeologist)

Date: 1 p.m., Sunday, September 22

Location: Forest Park Museum

Address: 1477 K Avenue

Host and Sponsor: Dallas County Conservation Board

Contact: Pete Malmberg (515) 465-3577, (515) 677-2183

Description: bring prehistoric and historic artifacts for identification

RED OAK

Event: "Bags, Bowls, Boxes, and Baskets: Life Before Plastic," Artifact Road Show, and book signing ("Iowa's Archaeological Past")

Presenter: Lynn M. Alex (Office of the State Archaeologist) and Stephen C. Lensink (Office of the State Archaeologist)

Date: 2 p.m., Sunday, September 8

Location: History Center

Address: 2700 North 4th St.

Host and Sponsor: Montgomery County Historical Society

Contact: Bettie McKenzie (712) 623-2289 or (716) 623-3708

Description: presentation on the discovery of several interesting containers found at Iowa sites and the story each has to tell. Bring artifact collections for identification.

SIOUX CITY

Event: Pottery at the Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center (make your own primitive clay pot or effigy)

Date: 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, September 24

Location: Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center

Address: 4500 Sioux River Road

Host and Sponsor: Woodbury County Conservation Board

Contact: Dawn Chapman (712) 258-0838, pre-registration required

Fee: $4.00 per person

Exhibit: Prehistoric Pottery from Northwest Iowa

Date: Throughout September

Location: Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center

Address: 4500 Sioux River Road

Host and Sponsor: Woodbury County Conservation Board

Contact: Dawn Chapman (712) 258-0838

SOLON

Exhibit: Recent Archaeology at Lake Macbride

Date: Late September

Location: Lake Macbride State Park Visitor Center

Address: 3525 Highway 382 NE

Host and Sponsor: Lake Macbride State Park

Contact: Ron Pittman(319) 624-2200

Strawberry Point

Event: Artifact Road Show

Presenter: Marlin Ingalls (Office of the State Archaeologist)

Date: 7:30 p.m., Monday, September 16

Location: Wilder Memorial Museum

Address: 23 West Mission

Host and Sponsor: Wilder Memorial Museum

Contact: Kay Ryan (319) 933-4615

Description: bring historic and prehistoric items for identification.

SWISHER

Date: Throughout September

Location: Curtis Hill Museum

Address: 1612 NE Curtis Bridge Road, 3 miles south of Shueyville

Contact: George Zalesky (319) 848-4323 for appointment and information

Fees: Donations accepted

TOOLESBORO AREA

Event and exhibit: "Put That in Your Pipe and Smoke It"

Presenter: Lynn M. Alex (Office of the State Archaeologist)

Date: 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday, September 28 (presentation at 2 p.m.)

Location: Toolesboro Indian Mounds & Museum

Address: Hwy. 99, 8 miles southeast of Wapello

Host and Sponsor: Louisa County Conservation Board

Contact: Kathy Dice (319) 523-8381

Description: original artifacts from the Toolesboro Mounds on display and presentation on early Toolesboro area archaeology

WAUKEE

Event: Science and Archaeology in the Center of Des Moines

Presenter: Kathy Gourley (State Historical Society of Iowa)

Date: 7 am, Thursday, September 5

Location: Waukee Community Center

Address: 410 Sixth Street

Host and Sponsor: Waukee Rotary

Contact: John Pilcher (515) 440-0272