Archaeology at Little Elk

UPDATE (May 13, 2017): Our arrangements to host this event on-site at Little Elk Heritage Preserve (LEHP) have been successful. The Archaeology Talk will occur there unless it is raining May 20, in which case it will be held at the Weyerhaeuser Museum in Little Falls. Call 320-632-4007 for directions to LEHP.

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The Little Elk Heritage Preserve, located at the confluence of the Mississippi and Little Elk Rivers on Grouse Road (Hwy. 213) in Morrison County, MN, is a site of tremendous importance due to its history. It was the site of a fur trade post, a mission, an Ojibwe chief’s cabin, and a townsite.

The Morrison County Historical Society has invited Rob Mann, anthropology professor at St. Cloud State University, to speak about archaeology at the Little Elk Heritage Preserve on Saturday, May 20, 2017, with the event starting at 1:00 p.m. Mann has conducted archaeological excavations of the mission site at Little Elk. During this event, he will present his findings related to the mission. Those in attendance will also be able to tour the rest of the site, which is owned the Minnesota DNR and has walking trails and signage related to other notable spots on the property.

Due to the suddenness of this opportunity, MCHS is still in the process of making arrangements to have the event at Little Elk Heritage Preserve. If those arrangements are unsuccessful or there is rain that day, the event will be at the Weyerhaeuser Museum. Attendees will be notified about the location the day before the event.

Make reservations for Archaeology at Little Elk via MCHS’s online shop at https://squareup.com/store/morrison-county-historical-society  or by contacting the Weyerhaeuser Museum. The cost is $5 per person, general admission, $3 per person for members of the Morrison County Historical Society, and free for children and students kindergarten through college. RSVP by May 19. Call 320-632-4007 for more info.

Rob Mann, anthropology professor at St. Cloud State University and archaeologist of mission site at Little Elk Heritage Preserve. Photo provided by Rob Mann.

Rob Mann, anthropology professor at St. Cloud State University and archaeologist of mission site at Little Elk Heritage Preserve. Photo provided by Rob Mann.

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