Entries by Lori Belknap

Virtual Auction is on its Way!

From March 25 to April 10, the Cahokia Mounds Museum Society and the Powell Archaeological Research Center will be holding a virtual auction. This fundraiser will take place via BiddingOwl. Follow us for more details as they come out.

February 20 Winter Lecture Cancelled

The Winter Lecture on February 20, 2022 has been cancelled Due to recent changes in pandemic restrictions, the in-person lecture scheduled for February 20 is cancelled.  Jacob Holland-Lulewicz, PhD will be conducting a walking tour of the west flank of Monks Mound (the topic of his research) once the weather permits.   More information on this […]

Winter Lecture by Dr. Julie Zimmerman, “Storytelling in the Creation of Cahokia”

Join Julie Zimmermann, PhD, SIUE for her Webinar titled, “Storytelling in the Creation of Cahokia.”   Dr. Zimmermann will discuss what we know about storytelling in Native American Societies, and about storytelling at Cahokia in particular.  She suggests that storytelling was the most important ritual conducted at Cahokia, and it was the most important ritual […]

Cahokia Mounds Renovation Site Closure

The Interpretive Center at Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site will be closed to the public beginning March 1 to facilitate $5 million in capital improvement projects at the site. The projects, which will be managed by the Illinois Capital Development Board, are funded through Gov. JB Pritzker’s bipartisan Rebuild Illinois capital plan, the first in […]

Beginner’s Flintknapping Workshop with Larry Kinsella

On Saturday, February 19 from 12 to 4 pm, learn the basics of flintknapping and stone tools. Participants must be age 15 or above. All tools and supplies are provided. Wear long pants. Payment of $30 can be made to the instructor at the beginning of class. Masks must be worn when entering the Cahokia […]

Site Technician Job Available

Are you interested in maintaining the building and grounds of a World Heritage Site?  Cahokia Mounds is hiring a Site Technician.  The posting can be found on Illinois.jobs2web.com and searching for posting #12-35-10275. All information needed to apply including duties and requirements can be found at that posting on the State website.  This is a […]

Winter Lectures Coming Soon!

We’ve got two fascinating Winter Lectures lined up for 2022. Both will take place in the Interpretive Center’s Iseminger Auditorium. Our featured lecturers are Julie Zimmermann, PhD, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and Dr. Jacob Holland-Lulewicz, PhD, Washington University St. Louis. Be sure to check out each lecture to learn about the most current research into […]

The Annual Fund Drive is Here!

The Annual Fund Drive is in full swing. You can help CMMS continue our efforts at the site with your donation. These funds stay here at Cahokia Mounds and are used to support the entire Calendar of Events, field research, and land acquisition. The Site recieves no funds at the State level to implement any of the outreach or cultural […]

Cahokia Mounds on PBS

Imagine if you could soar high above the dazzling fall foliage at Starved Rock State Park, the towering Indiana Dunes, the vast expanse of Lake Michigan, or the lost Native American City of Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site in Southern Illinois.   Cahokia Mounds and Starved Rock are among the featured sites of the WTTW PBS […]

Thanks for the great 5K!

Thank you to our runners for making this year’s City of the Sun 5k Trail Run a success. It was a beautiful day for to enjoy the foliage on the trails. All the proceeds are going to fund outreach and education for Cahokia Mounds.

The City of the Sun 5k Trail Run is coming soon!

It’s coming right around the corner! Join us for our annual City of the Sun 5k Trail Run on November 7 at 9 am. This fundraiser will give you the opportunity to run along our beautiful site and take in the fall air. Proceeds go to making the site great, improving the programming we offer, […]

Jingle Hike Challenge

2021 Jingle Hike Challenge The Jingle Hike Challenge is back for another year! The staff at Heartlands Conservancy have come up with 12 very special places in southwestern Illinois to explore this winter. About the Jingle Hike Challenge Jingle bells will be tied to 12 trees in parks throughout the Metro East from Thanksgiving Day […]

Guest Speaker Carrie Wilson

On October 21, 2021 at 2:00 pm in the Iseminger Auditorium, Carrie Wilson, Quapaw, will give a talk titled “Quapaw Robes and Cahokia: Insights by Carrie Wilson, Quapaw.” In this talk Ms. Wilson will describe bison robes from the 1700s and discuss their significance and relationship to Cahokia based on the design. Reservations are not […]

FREE Members Only Augmented Reality Event

FREE Membership Only Event Make your reservations today by calling 618-344-9221 Sunday, October 17th & Monday, October 18th (10:00 am – 3:30pm)   Back to the City of the Sun, an Augmented Reality Experience Be one of the first to view and review the NEW Augmented Reality project going on NOW at Cahokia Mounds World Heritage […]

Heartlands Conservancy Jingle Hike Challenge

Looking for something fun to do between November 25 and January 1? If you like to hike, we invite you to take part in Heartland Conservancy’s Jingle Hike Challenge. Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site, as well as many other parks in the St. Louis Metro area, will be hiding jingle bells in the trees for […]

COVID Mask Mandates In Place

Per CDC COVID-19 guidelines, all visitors to the Interpretive Center are required to wear masks. Please ensure your mask covers both your nose and your mouth to help us keep our visitors, staff, and volunteers safe. Thank you. Masks are available at our Welcome Desk.


FREE Membership Only Event Make your reservations today by calling 618-344-9221 Sunday, October 17th & Monday, October 18th (10:00 am – 3:30pm)   Back to the City of the Sun, an Augmented Reality Experience Be one of the first to view and review the NEW Augmented Reality project going on NOW at Cahokia Mounds World […]

Flip Book Gets an Update

2019 Spring Intern Katie Engelmeyer spent her time here updating the Flip Book “Previous Mound Builders.” It was installed yesterday afternoon. Included in the new book are several sites not in the previous flip book. Stop by and learn about Watson Brake, Poverty Point, Grave Creek, Newark, Albany Mounds, Effigy Mounds, and Toltec Mounds. Congratulations […]

City of the Sun 5K Canceled

Just a reminder that the City of the Sun race scheduled for tomorrow November 3rd has been canceled. We look forward to seeing you at next years race which has been tentatively scheduled for November 7th!