This month's Illinois State Museum science lecture will focus on the Secret Lives of Paleoindians. Dr. Thomas Loebel of the Illinois State Archaeological Society will present his research on these early inhabitants of North America and show that there was more to their societies than simply being nomadic hunters.
He's completed digs throughout the mid west including Illinois and Wisconsin and says much has been learned...
Cahokia Mounds in the metro east area was the site of a large and sophisticated Native American city a thousand years ago. There's a lot of research being done there and Wednesday night you can hear more about it.
The Illinois State Museum's Science Series lecture features Bill Iseminger, an assistant Site Manager at Cahokia mounds.
The legend of the Piasa "bird" goes back to the 1600's, when Marquette and Joliet saw a large painting near the Mississippi River where Alton is now located. But what has been passed down through the years is different than what the original artwork was meant to convey.
Dr. Duane Esarey has researched the Piasa and he'll dispel the myths Wednesday during the state museum science series lecture. He spoke with WUIS' Sean Crawford and straightens us out on the subject. He says it all goes back to the early explorers' description of what they saw:
Jameson Jenkins was Abraham Lincoln's neighbor. The site of his former home is located in the Lincoln Neighborhood. While Jenkins is far less well-known than the future president who lived a few doors away, he is nonetheless an interesting figure in history.
WUIS' Sean Crawford spoke about research being done with Lincoln Home National Historic Site Superintendent Dale Phillips and Site Historian Tim Townsend on Illinois Edition:
Southern Illinois is home to Civil War artifacts and historical sites that many people don't know about, and archeologists say there's potential for even more exploration and excavation to be done. Mark Wagner heads the Center for Archeological Investigations at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. He's speaking tonight at 7pm at the Illinois State Museum about his findings, we recently caught up with him:
A series of public lectures in west central Illinois begins tomorrow night at the Kinderhook Lodge in Barry. The series will discuss the Underground Railroad, Civil War military service, emancipation and safe havens, like the nearby historic town of New Philadelphia.