Wednesday, August 3, 2016

You're Invited!

Hello again everyone, Liz here! I am very excited to share with you all the events that will be taking place at our Open House this upcoming weekend! We have lots to be excited about and we can’t wait to see you there!
Our Open House will take place Saturday August 6 and Sunday August 7 from 10-4. Each day we will have children’s activities, different lectures, demonstrations from living history reenactors, wet screening demonstrations, and you will even get the chance to interact with Western Michigan University archaeologists as they guide you through their excavation units. This field season has been very exciting, our students have learned a lot and they are eager to show off all they’ve accomplished. 
Here is what you can expect at our open house:
·         Children’s Activites
o   Bead Barter- This is a perfect way to interact with reenactors and WMU Students! Follow our bead barter signs around the site, ask questions at the indicated stations and collect beads for doing so.  At the end of the day, head back to the kid’s activity station and turn your bead collection into a necklace or bracelet.
o   Jr. Digger- Learn how to become an archaeologist yourself! Practice your archaeology skills by digging and screening for your own artifacts.
o   Stratigraphy- Determine how old the soil is and how old the artifacts are by guessing which layer of soil they can be found it. Color you artifact picture and display it for all to see.
o   Honor Feather- Monica Topash from the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi will guide a traditional craft. Feathers have important meaning to the Pokagon Potawatomi Indians.
Monica will also play an Honor song on a hand drum.

Genna and her new friend hunting for artifacts in the Jr. Digger activity. (Photo Credit: John Cardinal)
·        Live History Demonstrations
o   18th Century Music and Dance
o   Sailing and Ships
o   Blacksmithing
o   Quill Writing
o   Textiles
o   Cooking
o   French Marines
o   Jesuit Priest
o   Brewing
o   Voyageur Life

2015 Open House attendees learning colonial style dance from Noel Bash. (Photo Credit: John Cardinal)

·         Canoe Rides
o   Provided by Sarrett Nature Center
o   10am – 12pm, 1pm – 3:30pm
o   $3 per person

·         Guest Speakers
o   Dr. Michael S. Nassaney, Principal Investigator of the Fort St. Joseph Archaeological Project
o   Dr. José Antonió Brandão, Professor of History, Western Michigan University
o   Dr. Terrance Martin, Curator Emeritus  of the Illinois State Museum
·         Live Archaeology
o   Tour the excavation units with field school students
o   Watch artifacts be discovered in front of you during wet screening demonstrations

Dr. Nassaney speaking at the 2015 Open House (Photo Credit: John Cardinal)

Don’t forget to purchase some FSJ gear at the event too! As you can see, we have a full weekend planned ahead and it’s one you don’t want to miss out on! See you Saturday and Sunday!


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