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  • Weekend Knap-In
    All day
    Mar-02-19-Mar-03-19

    10956 N Dickson Mounds Rd, Lewistown, IL 61542, USA

    10956 N Dickson Mounds Rd, Lewistown, IL 61542, USA

    The public is welcome to view flint knapping demonstrations during the Museum’s Fourth Annual Weekend Knap-In. Learn about the different techniques used by several craftsmen and see their stone tool creations.

    Flintknappers should call Christa Christensen at 309-547-3721 for information on how to participate.

    Admission is free.

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  • Artifact ID Day
    All day
    Mar-03-19

    Illinois State Museum-Dickson Mounds

    Illinois State Museum-Dickson Mounds

    Museum staff and other experts will be available to identify your artifacts, rocks, fossils, animal bones, and perhaps anything else you may be curious about.  If you don’t have any items to identify, be sure to stop in any way to see these artifacts and live demonstrations.

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  • Tot Time: Birds & their Homes
    9:30 am-11:00 am
    Mar-07-19

    Illinois State Museum-Dickson Mounds

    Illinois State Museum-Dickson Mounds

    Adults and their tots will have fun exploring, discovering, and learning on the first Thursday of the month in the Museum’s Discovery Center.  Spend quality time with your tot, while each of you makes new friends.  A different topic and craft will be featured each month. Registration is not required and admission is free.  Participants will enjoy light refreshments.  The program begins promptly at 9:30 a.m. with the program portion lasting approximately thirty minutes followed by crafts, snacks, and time to explore the Museum.

    On March 7th, the program will focus on birds.  Learn about a variety of birds and the importance of a bird’s home.  Tots and their caretakers may enjoy a story and the chance to work together to build their very first birdhouse!  Assembly requires no hammers, nails, or screws, just white glue! It’s as easy as building-blocks and can be finished in less than five minutes.  The birdhouse may be taken home and used in your own backyard for the Spring nesting season.

    The 2019 Tot Time program series is sponsored by Spoon River Electric’s Operation Round-up grant, Canton Chamber of Commerce, Havana National Bank, Lewistown VFW Post 5001 Auxiliary, Rusty Melhouse of Edward Jones, and Jeff and Linda Sisson of Havana.  The Tot Time program series continuously seeks sponsors.  Please contact Curator of Education Christa Christensen at 309-547-3721 for more information.

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  • You’re Invited…Meet the New Director
    1:00 pm-3:00 pm
    Mar-10-19-Mar-23-19

    10956 N Dickson Mounds Rd, Lewistown, IL 61542, USA

    10956 N Dickson Mounds Rd, Lewistown, IL 61542, USA

    Join us for a welcome reception and have the opportunity to meet the new Dickson Mounds Museum Director Dr. Duane Esarey.  No stranger to Dickson Mounds, Dr. Esarey returns after a fifteen-year absence during which time he completed his doctoral work in Anthropology at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and served as the Assistant Director of the Illinois State Archaeological Survey in Urbana-Champaign.

    Light refreshments will be served.  The event is free and open to the public.  No RSVP is required.

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  • St. Patrick’s Day Pub Crawl
    All day
    Mar-16-19

    No additional details for this event.

  • Hickory Ridge Concert Series
    7:00 pm-10:00 pm
    Mar-16-19

    Illinois State Museum-Dickson Mounds

    Illinois State Museum-Dickson Mounds

    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.

    On March 16, Eric Lambert and Chris Vallillo will perform.

    Eric Lambert and Chris Vallillo have been collaborating on multiple projects recently including Vallillo’s Oh Freedom! and the Illinois Turns 200 Concerts. They will join forces for and evening of original and traditional Midwestern Folk and some amazing guitar work.

    Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Adults $10, kids $5. Visit http://ginridge.com/extras/hickory-ridge-concert-series/for information about the artists.

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  • Kid’s Workshop: Native American Skills-From Forest to Food
    9:00 am-12:00 pm
    Mar-28-19

    10956 N Dickson Mounds Rd, Lewistown, IL 61542, USA

    10956 N Dickson Mounds Rd, Lewistown, IL 61542, USA

    Join us at Dickson Mounds State Museum for an action-packed morning of learning about and implementing ancient Native American skills for hunting.  Participants will learn to track animals, create and throw a spear using an atl atl, and cook food over an open fire.  The program will include a flint-knapping demonstration as well as a fire-starting demonstration to showcase the primitive skills required to survive.

    Registration is required by May 8th and space is limited.  The workshop is for kids ages 9-16 years old and parents/adult guardians are welcome to participate.  Activities and topics are subject to change depending on weather conditions.  Call the Museum at (309) 547-3721 to register or for more information.

  • Mountain Dulcimer Workshop
    9:30 am-9:36 am
    Mar-28-19

    10956 N Dickson Mounds Rd, Lewistown, IL 61542, USA

    10956 N Dickson Mounds Rd, Lewistown, IL 61542, USA

    Mike Anderson will present two Mountain Dulcimer Workshops, focusing on folk songs.  A session for beginners will be held from 9:30-11:00 a.m. and for experienced players from 1:30-3:30 p.m.  For those participants who do not have a dulcimer, nationally known instrument builder Steve Endsley will have several instruments on-hand for loan or purchase.  If you wish to borrow an instrument, please call the Museum by April 25th to reserve one.

    The fee is $25 per workshop, payable by check or cash the day of the program. Paypal is also available through Mike Anderson’s website: www.dulcimerguy.com.

    To register please call Mike Anderson at 217-473-5889 or by email at mike@dulcimerguy.com.

  • Tot Time: Puppets & Play
    9:30 am-11:00 am
    Mar-28-19

    10956 N Dickson Mounds Rd, Lewistown, IL 61542, USA

    10956 N Dickson Mounds Rd, Lewistown, IL 61542, USA

    Adults and their tots will have fun exploring, discovering, and learning on the first Thursday of the month in the Museum’s Discovery Center.  Spend quality time with your tot, while each of you makes new friends.  A different topic and craft will be featured each month. Registration is not required and admission is free.  Participants will enjoy light refreshments.  The program begins promptly at 9:30 a.m. with the program portion lasting approximately thirty minutes followed by crafts, snacks, and time to explore the Museum.

    On May 2nd, puppeteer, storytellers, and educator Marilyn Price will present Puppets & Play- The Birds Fly Back with Mrs. Goose.  This interactive program will be filled with song and finger play and stories with Mrs. Goose and her puppet master! The goose will lead the audience in song and participate in two of her favorite stories including “The Little Red Goose” and “King Bounce the First.”  Tots and their caretakers will enjoy crafts, too.

    The 2019 Tot Time program series is sponsored by Spoon River Electric’s Operation Round-up grant, Canton Chamber of Commerce, Havana National Bank, Lewistown American Legion Ladies Auxiliary Bishop Post #1, Lewistown VFW Post 5001 Auxiliary, Rusty Melhouse of Edward Jones, and Jeff and Linda Sisson of Havana.  The Tot Time program series continuously seeks sponsors.  Please contact Curator of Education Christa Christensen at 309-547-3721 for more information.

  • Kid’s Day: Pollinator Party
    1:00 pm-4:00 pm
    Mar-28-19

    10956 N Dickson Mounds Rd, Lewistown, IL 61542, USA

    10956 N Dickson Mounds Rd, Lewistown, IL 61542, USA

    Celebrate the importance of butterflies and other insects at the Pollinator Party!  Renowned entomologist Jim Wiker will present information about a variety of pollinators.  Jim’s personal insect specimens and parts of the Illinois State Museum entomology collections will be on display.

    Participants will also learn about native plants, paint pottery, create homes for native bees, and experience many other hands-on science and art activities.

    Kid’s Day programs are for kids ages 5 years old and up with an adult.  No registration is required.  Admission is free; however, donations are appreciated.

  • Hickory Ridge Concert Series
    7:00 pm-8:00 pm
    Mar-28-19

    Illinois State Museum-Dickson Mounds

    Illinois State Museum-Dickson Mounds

    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.

    Charlie Mosbrook will perform on May 18th.

    Charlie Mosbrook is an award-winning songwriter, performer, and folk musician who began his career in 1988 as a street musician. Charlie’s history of continuing the legacy of Woody Guthrie earned him 2nd place in the Woody Guthrie Folk Festival Songwriting contest.

    Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Adults $10, kids $5. Visit http://ginridge.com/extras/hickory-ridge-concert-series/for information about the artists.

  • More events
    • Kid's Workshop: Native American Skills-From Forest to Food
      9:00 am-12:00 pm
      Mar-28-19
      10956 N Dickson Mounds Rd, Lewistown, IL 61542, USA
      10956 N Dickson Mounds Rd, Lewistown, IL 61542, USA

      Join us at Dickson Mounds State Museum for an action-packed morning of learning about and implementing ancient Native American skills for hunting.  Participants will learn to track animals, create and throw a spear using an atl atl, and cook food over an open fire.  The program will include a flint-knapping demonstration as well as a fire-starting demonstration to showcase the primitive skills required to survive.

      Registration is required by May 8th and space is limited.  The workshop is for kids ages 9-16 years old and parents/adult guardians are welcome to participate.  Activities and topics are subject to change depending on weather conditions.  Call the Museum at (309) 547-3721 to register or for more information.

    • Mountain Dulcimer Workshop
      9:30 am-9:36 am
      Mar-28-19
      10956 N Dickson Mounds Rd, Lewistown, IL 61542, USA
      10956 N Dickson Mounds Rd, Lewistown, IL 61542, USA

      Mike Anderson will present two Mountain Dulcimer Workshops, focusing on folk songs.  A session for beginners will be held from 9:30-11:00 a.m. and for experienced players from 1:30-3:30 p.m.  For those participants who do not have a dulcimer, nationally known instrument builder Steve Endsley will have several instruments on-hand for loan or purchase.  If you wish to borrow an instrument, please call the Museum by April 25th to reserve one.

      The fee is $25 per workshop, payable by check or cash the day of the program. Paypal is also available through Mike Anderson’s website: www.dulcimerguy.com.

      To register please call Mike Anderson at 217-473-5889 or by email at mike@dulcimerguy.com.

    • Tot Time: Puppets & Play
      9:30 am-11:00 am
      Mar-28-19
      10956 N Dickson Mounds Rd, Lewistown, IL 61542, USA
      10956 N Dickson Mounds Rd, Lewistown, IL 61542, USA

      Adults and their tots will have fun exploring, discovering, and learning on the first Thursday of the month in the Museum’s Discovery Center.  Spend quality time with your tot, while each of you makes new friends.  A different topic and craft will be featured each month. Registration is not required and admission is free.  Participants will enjoy light refreshments.  The program begins promptly at 9:30 a.m. with the program portion lasting approximately thirty minutes followed by crafts, snacks, and time to explore the Museum.

      On May 2nd, puppeteer, storytellers, and educator Marilyn Price will present Puppets & Play- The Birds Fly Back with Mrs. Goose.  This interactive program will be filled with song and finger play and stories with Mrs. Goose and her puppet master! The goose will lead the audience in song and participate in two of her favorite stories including “The Little Red Goose” and “King Bounce the First.”  Tots and their caretakers will enjoy crafts, too.

      The 2019 Tot Time program series is sponsored by Spoon River Electric’s Operation Round-up grant, Canton Chamber of Commerce, Havana National Bank, Lewistown American Legion Ladies Auxiliary Bishop Post #1, Lewistown VFW Post 5001 Auxiliary, Rusty Melhouse of Edward Jones, and Jeff and Linda Sisson of Havana.  The Tot Time program series continuously seeks sponsors.  Please contact Curator of Education Christa Christensen at 309-547-3721 for more information.

    • Kid's Day: Pollinator Party
      1:00 pm-4:00 pm
      Mar-28-19
      10956 N Dickson Mounds Rd, Lewistown, IL 61542, USA
      10956 N Dickson Mounds Rd, Lewistown, IL 61542, USA

      Celebrate the importance of butterflies and other insects at the Pollinator Party!  Renowned entomologist Jim Wiker will present information about a variety of pollinators.  Jim’s personal insect specimens and parts of the Illinois State Museum entomology collections will be on display.

      Participants will also learn about native plants, paint pottery, create homes for native bees, and experience many other hands-on science and art activities.

      Kid’s Day programs are for kids ages 5 years old and up with an adult.  No registration is required.  Admission is free; however, donations are appreciated.

    • Hickory Ridge Concert Series
      7:00 pm-8:00 pm
      Mar-28-19
      Illinois State Museum-Dickson Mounds
      Illinois State Museum-Dickson Mounds

      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.

      Charlie Mosbrook will perform on May 18th.

      Charlie Mosbrook is an award-winning songwriter, performer, and folk musician who began his career in 1988 as a street musician. Charlie’s history of continuing the legacy of Woody Guthrie earned him 2nd place in the Woody Guthrie Folk Festival Songwriting contest.

      Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Adults $10, kids $5. Visit http://ginridge.com/extras/hickory-ridge-concert-series/for information about the artists.

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