Dickson Mounds

The History of the Illinois River Valley
3:25 pm
Wed August 22, 2012

New Exhibits & Research at Dickson Mounds

Rich Egger

Dickson Mounds Museum near Lewistown will begin installing some new exhibits that should change the look of the facility within the next year. In addition, the museum's staff continues conducting research into the Illinois River Valley's long history.

New Exhibits

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A Ramsar Wetland
6:19 pm
Wed August 8, 2012

World Recognition for the Emiquon Complex

An egret prepares to touch down at the Emiquon Complex
Rich Egger

Illinois Lieutenant Governor Sheila Simon recognized two wetlands along the Illinois River for their importance to conservation. 

The Emiquon Complex near Lewistown and the Dixon Waterfowl Refuge near Hennepin received the Ramsar designation this year.  The honor highlights efforts to restore both sites to their natural states.

Before a ceremony at Dickson Mounds Museum, Simon said the international designation can help boost tourism for the region.

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Mississippian & Oneota Cultures
4:26 pm
Sun June 24, 2012

Dig Reveals Info About The Morton Village

Student Sarah Conway at work
Rich Egger
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People lived in the area between the Illinois and Mississippi Rivers for hundreds of years before Columbus set sail across the Atlantic Ocean. Archeologists are trying to learn more about two particular groups and how they interacted.

The dig is taking place at the Morton Village site, which can be found in a grassy field on a bluff near the Illinois River in Fulton County. Researchers from Michigan State University have come here for the past five summers.

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