Entries by Lori Belknap

Purple Martins at Cahokia Mounds

Visitors are invited to Cahokia Mounds for a program by John Miller on Purple Martins on Saturday, June 9, 2018 from 10 – 11 AM. Local members of the St. Louis Audubon Society and the Purple Martin Conservation Association will talk about the natural history of the migratory birds, including their total dependency on human-provided […]

Kids Day

This Sunday, May 20 from 11 am through 4 pm, is Kids Day at Cahokia Mounds.    Enjoy hands on activities such as making a clay pinch-pot, throwing spears with an atlatl, and  playing Indian games like corn darts or Chunkey.  Learn about the ancient city with demonstrations, storytelling, and activities.   Get your free souvenir Kids […]

Native American Storytelling May 5

Gayle Ross will be at Cahokia Mounds on May 5 at 2 pm as part of the 36th Annual St. Louis Storytelling Festival.  This Festival is sponsored by the University of Missouri – St. Louis.  Gayle is a descendent of John Ross, principal chief of the Cherokee Nation during and after the infamous Trail of […]

Winter Lecture Series March 11

“Copper Working in the Eastern Woodlands of North America From the Prehistoric to the Early Contact Period” by Kathleen Ehrhardt, Ph.D. The final installment of the 2018 Winter Lecture Series will take place March 11, 2 PM in the Interpretive Center Auditorium.  This is a free event.  Space is limited. Native groups of the Eastern […]

Winter Lecture Series February 18

The second installment of the series takes place on February 18 at 2:00 pm in the Interpretive Center Auditorium.   In this presentation, Dr. David Dye, Professor of Archaeology in the Department of Earth Sciences, University of Memphis, will present, “The Lower Mississippi Valley Dark Ages:  Deities, Rituals, and Trade”.   When the Hernando de Soto expedition […]

Winter Lecture Series Kicks off January 28

The Winter Lecture Series is an annual winter event at Cahokia Mounds.  One lecture is held per month in January, February, and March.   These are generally one hour presentations on topics related to archaeology or Cahokia Mounds, followed by a brief Q&A period.  The lectures are free and are held in the Interpretive Center auditorium […]

Employee Community Fund of Boeing Brings Performance to Collinsville

The First Nations women’s a cappella group Ulali will perform in Collinsville on March 24, 2018 at 6:30 pm.  This performance will take place at the Collinsville High School Auditorium and is made possible by a grant from the Employee Community Fund of Boeing and the Cahokia Mounds Museum Society.   Ulali is a First Nations women’s a […]

Annual Fund Drive 2017 Kicks Off!

The Annual Fund Drive is the only general appeal for funds per year.  The drive raises money for the Cahokia Mounds Museum Society (the support group at Cahokia Mounds). These funds are used to pay expenses for all events such as Kids Day, outreach efforts such as Archaeology Day, land acquisition, and the summer archaeology […]

Expedia lists Collinsville “Best Place for History Lovers”

Cahokia Mounds is listed as one of the featured destinations in the “Best Place for History Lovers” in Expedia’s “The Best U.S. Destination for Every Travel Style” list.  Collinsville, Illinois is listed as the destination with the best places to visit for history lovers.  Cahokia Mounds, Willoughby Heritage Farm and Conservation Reserve, and World’s Largest […]

Interpretive Center Hours

As of today, the Interpretive Center will be open Wednesday through Sunday from 9 am through 5 pm. These hours will remain in effect through the winter months.

Power Restored

The power has been restored to the Interpretive Center.  We are back on normal hours as of today, Friday the 13th.

Major Power outage closes the Interpretive Center.  The grounds are still open.  Repairs are underway.  We will notice the website and our Facebook page when we reopen.

Bill Iseminger Receives Distinguished Award

Bill Iseminger, an Assistant Manager at the site, was the recipient of the Bareis Distinguished Service Award from the Illinois State Archaeological Survey on September 16.  Bill has worked in Illinois archaeology since 1967 when he began his career on a crew at Dickson Mounds.  In 1971, he began working at Cahokia Mounds as an […]

Recycle Eclipse Glasses Here

Cahokia Mound is a registered drop-off location for eclipse glasses.   Just bring your used glasses back and drop them off in the Gift Shop.  We will ship them to Astronomers Without Borders who will inspect them and distribute them to schools around the world that are in the paths of the next two solar eclipses […]

Site Receives Grant for Cultural Performance

We are happy to announce that the Employees Community Fund of Boeing has awarded Cahokia Mounds a grant to produce another cultural event as part of the Boeing Native American Culture Series.   This event will be the Native American women a cappella group “Ulali.” Ulali has appeared on National Public Radio several times and made their national television debut when they […]

Columbus Day Presentation at Cahokia Mounds

On Sunday, October 8, at 3PM Doug George (Mohawk Iroquois) and Grammy award-winning singer Joanne Shenandoah (Oneida Iroquois) will give the presentation titled, “Honoring the First People of this Land.”  This will be a spoken presentation, with song, taking place in the lobby of the Interpretive Center.  After the address, those in attendance will be […]

Bike Drive at Cahokia Mounds benefits Two Non-Profits

Cahokia Mounds is proud to partner with BWorks for a Bicycle Drive October 7.  Bicycle Works is one of the great programs offered by BWorks, St. Louis, a non-profit whose focus it is to empower St. Louis kids.  The Earn-A-Bike Program is a great resource where children are taught the basics about bicycle safety and […]

In the Shadow of the Moon: Solar Eclipses in the Cahokian Sky

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RicVJQOLlX4 This Sunday, August 13, at 2 pm, we will have Russell Weisman giving a lecture on solar/lunar events that have occurred in the ancient skies above Cahokia Mounds and will consider prehistoric beliefs about solar eclipses and celestial shadows.  Seating is limited and will be on a first come first served basis.  

Eclipse books and glasses out-of-stock

Due to an overwhelming response to our “Get Eclipsed” books and eclipse glasses, we are out of stock of both items.    We will be getting about 100 of the books alone with no glasses on Saturday and will have a small quantity of glasses available on Sunday the 13th.  These items will likely not last […]