The Illinois Valley Archaeological Society (IVAS) will meet Tuesday, July 3, 2018 at the Dickson Mounds Museum beginning at 7:00 p.m. Featured speaker will be Dr. Brooke Morgan, Curator of Anthropology at the Illinois State Museum in Springfield, who will present a talk titled “At Home in the High Country: Folsom Houses and Community in Southwestern Colorado”. This event is free and the public is invited to attend. Refreshments will be available following the presentation.
The term “Paleoindian” often conjures thoughts of rapidly moving big game hunters spreading quickly throughout the continent. While pursuing big game was certainly part of Paleoindian adaptations, their strategies for survival went beyond this stereotype. In fact, evidence for Folsom groups settling in and utilizing their local environments has been found throughout the Rocky Mountains. At the Mountaineer site near Gunnison, Colorado, remains of some of the oldest houses in North America reveal that Folsom hunter-gatherers spent a considerable amount of time at the site. These houses give archaeologists a glimpse into the everyday lives of a Folsom community as they dealt with the challenges of living at the end of the Ice Age.
Brooke Morgan got her start in archaeology as a volunteer in the laboratory at Loyola University Chicago, where she helped catalog stone tools and debris from the Mueller-Keck Clovis site in St. Clair County, Illinois. It was here she developed an interest in Paleoindian archaeology. After graduating from Loyola, Brooke earned her MA and PhD from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, where she focused on Folsom adaptations in the Southern Rocky Mountains. Brooke has conducted research throughout the Midwest and Great Plains, most recently on Late Prehistoric Plains Village sites in North Dakota.
For more than 20 years, people have gathered at Dickson Mounds on the third Saturday of every month for an evening of musical entertainment. Hosted by Chris Vallillo, an accomplished musician and performer in his own right, the series features Roots/Folk music and other genres offered by a talented variety of performers.
The Sweet Potatoes come out of Southern California dishing up a fresh blend of country, folk and homespun Americana, sure to bring a smile to your face with their sweet harmonies and finely crafted songwriting.
The biggest drag racing event in Central Illinois Dragway history! “Funny Car Chaos” will bring drag racers from across the nation to Havana, IL for two days of high horsepower action! This family friendly event showcases the most iconic drag racing machines on the planet, Funny Cars! With $25,000+ in prize money on the line, the pressure is on as these racers do battle at 200+ mph!
$20 Adults Friday & Saturday Kids 12 & Under Free Parking Free – $5 Military Discount w/ID $50 Spectator RV Parking Pass (Friday Parking Preferred) *RVs/Motorhomes will be parked on pit side at top end
Friday July 27th Racers @ 10 am – Spectators @ Noon Funny Car Testing @ 5-6 Funny Car Friday Night Qualifying @ 7:30 & 9:30
Saturday July 28th Racers @ 10 am Spectators @ Noon Bracket Time Trials Start @ 2 Funny Car Final Qualifier @ 4 Funny Car Round 1 Eliminations @ 6 Funny Car Semis & Bonus Shootout @ 8 Funny Car Finals When Ready (Approx. 9:30 PM) Finish Bracket Classes as Necessary Bracket Classes – Quick 16 / Top ET / Mod ET / Bikes
One of the wonderful things about West Central Illinois is that you can take home a bounty of locally grown vegetables, fruits, herbs, honey, and jams. This event will be held every Saturday until September 29.
Using special equipment to attract insects, entomology expert Jim Wiker will share his knowledge and teach participants about the different species. Participants may also enjoy viewing insect specimens from the Illinois State Museum’s collections.
Participants should dress appropriately for this outdoor activity and bring their own blankets or lawn chairs and flashlights. Kid’s Day/Night programs are geared towards children age 5 and up with an adult. Registration is not required.
Admission is free; however, donations are appreciated.