Optional Conference Activites

Visit to Dickson Mounds, Sunday, April 13 The Dickson site area has a number of Woodland and Mississipian period sites, including mounds, villages, and ceremonial buildings and has been studied extensively by archaeologists.   Dickson Mounds Museum was originally famous for its exhibits of in situ open human burials within an excavated burial mound.   By the  1980′s,  the open burials generated considerable controversy from Native American groups, and in 1992 the burial site was closed to the public.  The burials were covered and the museum underwent major renovation, including a multi-media display of Mississippian period  worldview over the burial area.  Today the museum provides an impressive and respectful presentation of Native American history and culture.   The museum also has traveling exhibits, including  at  present the very interesting “From Humble Beginnings:  Lincoln’s Illinois, 1830-1861″, which explores the Illinois country and society during Lincoln’s time.   The museum is surrounded by the Emiquon wetland preserve, one of the Nature Conservancy largest floodplain restoration  projects, which hosts large numbers of waterfowl, provides a dramatic setting for the Museum, and re-recreates some of  the natural  environment that surrounded the Native American communities that once lived here.  For more information:  http://www.museum.state.il.us/ismsites/dickson/exhibitions.html
Send an email to program chair Jim Stanlaw (stanlaw@ilstu.edu) if you wish to visit Dickson Mounds.

Shen Yun Chinese Music and Dance Extravaganza, Sunday, April 13, 3:00 pm., the Braden Auditorium in the ISU Bone Student Center (across the Quad from the Marriott).  Tickets range  from $52 to $122, and are available at the Braden Box Office  (309-438-5444) or Ticketmaster.

The Gamma Phi Circus, at the Redbird Arena across campus: Friday at 7:00 pm and Saturday at 1:00 pm and 7:00.

The Children’s Discovery Museum, about two blocks down from the Marriott: Thursday and Friday, 9:00 am to 8:00 pm, Saturday 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.

The Annual Robert E. Bone Lecture, Thursday at 7:00 pm in the Old Main Room in the ISU Bone Student Center (across the Quad from the Marriott): “Remapping Death and Survival — Flight, Disciplacement, and International Aid for Jewish Refugees During the Holocaust,” by Atina Grossman (Cooper Union) in honor of Holocaust Remembrance Day.

Jim Stanlaw’s favorite place in Campustown (otherwise known as “Uptown Normal”): Babbitt’s Book Store (a block or so down from the Children’s Discovery Museum). Open daily 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. He has a big sale going on a the moment.


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