State Park Archaeology to Be Featured at MCHS Annual Event

 

Jim Cummings practicing archaeology. Photo courtesy Mille Lacs Kathio State Park.

Jim Cummings practicing archaeology. Photo courtesy Mille Lacs Kathio State Park.

In 1891, Minnesota established its first state park. With the formation of Itasca State Park that year, Minnesota created the second oldest state park system in the nation. Today, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources operates 67 state parks. Within those parks are 730 archaeological sites, which means our state parks are filled with history.

The Morrison County Historical Society invites the public to learn about some of the archaeology that has occurred in Central Minnesota’s state parks during its annual meeting event on Friday, September 15, 2017. Guest speaker for the event is Jim Cummings, archaeologist and former naturalist for Mille Lacs Kathio State Park. His program is entitled “Archaeology Close to Home.”

During the event, MCHS will hold its annual meeting, which includes the election of new members to the board of directors. The organization will also conduct the drawing of winners for its raffle, which includes a handmade quilt by Char Welle, a reproduction Kentucky long rifle, 6 homemade pies, a piece of celestial button art, a marquetry box, a local history book basket, and 2 theater tickets.

The event will be held at the Little Falls Care Center (formerly Lutheran Senior Citizens Home) at 1200 First Avenue NE, Little Falls, MN. Social time will start at 6:30 p.m., with the annual meeting starting at 7:00 p.m. and the program to follow. This event is open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

General admission is $10. Admission for MCHS members is $7. Make reservations by calling 320-632-4007 or by visiting the Morrison County Historical Society’s online store at https://squareup.com/store/morrison-county-historical-society. Reservations are due by September 12.

For more information, call MCHS at 320-632-4007.

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