Entries by Lori Belknap

New Executive Director Joins CMMS

The new Executive Director of the CMMS is here, help welcome Alie Morgan as she leads the Society in its mission of interpretation and preservation of the Site! Alie began at Cahokia Mounds in February as a Volunteer and worked through the summer as a Seasonal Interpreter. She was previously an Instructional Aide with the […]

Photographic Exhibition by Daniel Seurer

A new photographic exhibition Enduring Earthworks of the Western Great Lakes and Beyond, by Daniel Seurer, will be on display at Cahokia Mounds from September 23 through November 18. The Enduring Earthworks photographic exhibit explores the long history of mound building in the Western Great Lakes, and the Mississippi River region.  The photographs show the variety of […]

Archaeology Day

Join us for Archaeology Day Saturday August 2 from 10:00 am through 4:00 pm.  Learn about primitive technologies, archaeology, and cultural preservation from experts.  Excavations will be open for viewing and discussion with archaeologists.   This is a free event.

Mississippian Conference

On July 27th at the Illinois State Museum – Dickson Mounds, professionals convene for a day of presentations relating to the Mississippian Culture.  Presentations will begin at 9:00 am and end with the final presentation at 3:50, with breaks throughout the day.  Poster presentations will be on display near the Auditorium entrance.  This event is […]

City of the Sun 5K 2018 Make Up Race

The 2018 City of the Sun race was cancelled due to storm activity.  The race is rescheduled for March 24, 9 am.   If you did not pick up your packet in November, you can do so on Friday the 22nd between 9 and 4 (or by special appointment by calling Lori at 618-344-7316).  The […]

Robert Lewis – Native American Storyteller

As part of the St. Louis Storytelling Festival, now in its 40th year, Robert Lewis will enchant with his storytelling at Cahokia Mounds at 2 pm, on May 4.  Robert is an award-winning Native storyteller, author, and artist of Cherokee, Navajo, and Apache descent.  While researching and gathering stories from elders, storytellers, books, and magazines, […]

Guest Symposium: Anthropocene. Archaeology of the Present, by Haus der Kulturen der Welt and the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin, Germany

On March 10, we will be hosting a public symposium by Haus der Kulturen der Welt and the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin, Germany titled:  Anthropocene. Archaeology of the Present. “The site of the ancient city of Cahokia is a place where different time regimes of settlement, cultivation, ecological transformations and […]

March 3 Lecture CANCELLED

Due to the possibility of more weather on Sunday March 3, the scheduled lecture by Julie Zimmermann, PhD titled, “Hoping for Hopewell but Settling for Mississippian:  SIUE Investigations at the Gehring Site” is cancelled.  It has been rescheduled for March 31, 2 pm.    

Winter Lecture Series

The second installment of the 2019 Winter Lecture Series is “The Embedded Nature and Context of Symbols in the Cahokia Cosmogram,”  by John E. Kelly, PhD, Washington University.  This will take place February 10, 2019, 2:00 pm in the Interpretive Center Auditorium. “Cahokia and other Mississippian towns not only mirror the multi-layered nature of the […]

Book Signing: Gayle J. Fritz on January 20

Gayle Fritz is professor emerita at Washington University in St. Louis, having retired recently after more than three decades of teaching archaeology and ethnobotany. She has worked at archaeological sites ranging in age from the Archaic to the Historic period, and analyzed plant remains from sites as far west and south as Chihuahua, Mexico, and […]

Site Receives National Endowment for the Humanities Grant

Cahokia Mounds Museum Society (CMMS) is one the recipients of a Digital Projects for the Humanities grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).  This $100,000 grant will be used to develop a functional prototype of an augmented reality application that will be available for smart phones and other platforms and an educational website, slated […]


Due to the weather and the condition of the trails, for the safety of our participants, we have cancelled the 5K this morning.  A make up race will be planned next week.  You can still pick up your packet if you like between 8 and 9 this morning, or all day on Wednesday, November 7.  […]

Original Performance to Celebrate Bicentennial

Sparks will fly in this recreation of a dramatic debate between our Territorial Governor Ninian Edwards and Potawatomi Chief Gomo on Saturday, November 17 at 2:00 pm.   The program will be held in the auditorium at Cahokia Mounds.   Two hundred years ago, as the original thirteen colonies were bursting at the seams, as early pioneers […]

Site Receives Employee Community Fund of Boeing Grant

We are very happy to announce that the Cahokia Mounds Museum Society has received a generous grant from the Employees Community Fund of Boeing (ECF of Boeing)  in support of our Native American Culture Series.   This grant will fund a 2-day cultural event by The Chickasaw Nation Dance Troupe.  The event will take place October […]

The Young Spirit Dancers Dance Troupe

Brought to you by the Nebraska Urban Indian Health Coalition, this dance troupe will perform at Cahokia Mounds on August 8.  There will be two 30-minute performances; at 1 pm and at 3 pm.   This group was the first Native American youth group to perform at the Gallup Inter-tribal Ceremonial held at Gallup, NM in 2013.  […]

City of the Sun 5k Trail Run

The annual City of the Sun 5K Trail Run will take place on November 4, 2018.   This is a unique opportunity to run a 5K Trail course on a US National Historic Landmark and UNESCO World Heritage Site.   The course begins and ends at the Interpretive Center but traverses some of the cultural and natural […]

Call for Papers

Cahokia Mounds is hosting a Mississippian Conference, which will take place July 28, 2018 from 8:30 am – 4:30 pm, at Cahokia Mounds, Interpretive Center Auditorium.  Presenters should submit an abstract, with presentation title and your institutional or other affiliation, to Bill Iseminger (bill.iseminger@Illinois.gov or Mark Esarey (mark.esarey@Illinois.gov), or mail to us at 30 Ramey […]

Contemporary Indian Art Show

Cahokia Mounds is hosting the Contemporary Indian Art Show July 14-15, 2018.   26 Native American artists from around the country will be here to submit two pieces of art into the Art Contest and sell their original art. Hours are 9-5 Saturday and Sunday.  The Art Show is a free event to attend.   The Opening Reception […]

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 […]