IDNR Recognizes Bill Egan

The Illinois Department of National Resources recently recognized Bill Egan as a 2021 Outstanding Volunteer of the Year. These volunteers spend thousands of hours assisting staff and visitors at IDNR sites.

Bill Egan has dedicated his volunteer service to a variety of duties at Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site. Mr. Egan welcomes visitors to the site’s Interpretive Center, providing tours of the gallery and seating guests for orientation programs, as well as providing dozens of interpretive tours on the grounds of the site. Mr. Egan also volunteers to give talks on Cahokia Mounds to community groups and civic organizations at libraries, senior centers, and schools. With his knowledge and sense of humor, site staff consider Bill Egan an irreplaceable interpreter for his participation in programs and assisting visitors at Cahokia Mounds.

Nature/Culture Hike

Join Dr. Julie Zimmerman for the Cahokia Mounds Nature/Culture Hike on October 17. You’ll learn about native plants and animals and how the Mississippian culture interacted with them and the environment. 

This is a 2-hour hike through some of the less commonly traveled trails, so make sure to wear appropriate clothing, sturdy shoes suitable for hiking, and to bring water. Sunscreen, bug spray, and snacks are advised, though make sure any refuse makes its way back to our trash cans at the Interpretive Center. It is imperative that no one climb the mounds, as unauthorized foot trails on the sides of mounds are causing sever erosional problems on these ancient monuments. 

NPS Meeting with Congressman Mike Bost

Congressman Mike Bost visited Cahokia Mounds yesterday to discuss the Bill he introduced in April to make Cahokia Mounds and surrounding Mississippian Complexes into a unit of the National Park Service.  The proposed Bill will designate Cahokia Mounds and the other complexes as ‘Cahokia Mounds Mississippian Culture National Historical Park.’ The Bill is currently at the Natural Resources Committee and is awaiting hearing by the Committee.  Currently, there is movement to have Cahokia Mounds designated a National Monument by President Biden, however, the letter to the President hasn’t officially been drafted and sent.  This could happen within the upcoming months if everything goes according to current plans. If the site is designated as a unit of the NPS or as a National Monument, what this looks like in terms of management remains to be seen as there are many steps that must take place following the designation to work through these logistics and it will likely be a lengthy process at best.

Summer Solstice Sunrise Tomorrow!

The Summer Solstice Sunrise observance will be held tomorrow, June 20th, at 5:20 am. Meet at the Woodhenge reconstruction. Atop a stepladder at the center post, Bill Iseminger will discuss the discovery and significance of the ancient calendar. Welcome the rising sun with Bill as he has done four times each year, during each solstice and equinox, for the last 41 years, and learn about this intriguing structure. No ceremonies will take place during this event. For more information, call 618-346-5160.

Our new Woodhenge shirts will be on sale tomorrow for $15. Have a great time!

No More Masks and Brand New Shirts

We’re excited to report that masks will no longer be required to enter the Interpretive Center.

Further, we have a new shirt celebrating Woodhenge at the shop for $18.00.

If you join us for our Sumer Solstice Sunrise on June 20 at 5:20 am, the shirts will be on sale for $15.00

COVID Reminder

Hello all!

This is just a reminder that, due to loosening COVID restrictions, you no longer need to make reservations to visit the Interpretive Center. However, masks are still required in the building.

Come for a fun and safe visit!

Indian Market Days were a huge success!

We are so grateful to all of our artists for sharing their time and their work with us. We couldn’t have made this happen without them and without all of those who came to shop! For three days the Interpretive Center buzzed with activity as people came from all over came to see both traditional and contemporary Indian crafts on display. Thank you again to everyone involved!

 

Pictured: Stephanie Big Eagle, Tattooist, Writer, Dancer, and Crafter

The Nature/Culture Hike is almost here!

This year’s Nature/Culture Hike is taking place Saturday, June 12th. The event starts at 1:00 pm and is free to attend. Join volunteer and SIUE Archaeology professor Julie Zimmerman on a 5.4 mile hike through most of the site. You’ll learn about the mounds and their cultural significance and hopefully spot some of the beautiful wildlife at the site. The weather should be mild. A great day for a hike!

Indian Market Days are underway!

Come join artists like Quintin Quam today and tomorrow for Indian Market Days at Cahokia Mounds. We welcome Quintin as one of six brand new artists who’ve come to share their beautiful work. It’s gorgeous outside, so come down to Cahokia Mounds for a great day!

Indian Market Days are here at last!

Indian Market Days are here! 21 Indian artisans from many different tribes have joined us to show their beautiful hand crafted wares. Come join us today from 12 to 5, and if you can’t make it today, we’ll be here from 9-5 on Saturday and 9-4 on Sunday. Bring a friend!

No Reservations Required for Indian Market Days

Due to the lifting of COVID restrictions by the site, a reservation will not be required for the Indian Market Days.  Masks will still be required.  The Indian Market Days will take place June 4 from noon – 5:00, June 5 from 9:00 – 5:00, and June 6 from 9:00 – 4:00.  This event is free to attend, however a suggested donation box will be available in the lobby.

COVID Restriction Change

“Phase 4 restrictions that have been in place at Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site have been lifted.  We are now following CDC and IDPH guidelines for Bridge Phase to Phase 5 which include a greater capacity inside the Interpretive Center as well as loosening mask protocols.    Effective immediately, visitors will no longer be required to schedule an appointment to enter the Interpretive Center. Masks will still be mandatory to enter the facility.  Appointments will no longer be required for events or tours.  It has been a long year, and Cahokia Mounds is very happy to begin returning to normal.  We appreciate your support during the many modifications being made to policy during the pandemic.”

Lori Belknap, Superintendant

Appointments required to visit

An appointment is required to enter the Interpretive Center at Cahokia Mounds. Please call 618-346-5160 to schedule a time to visit. If you don’t have a reservation, there is a chance you will not be permitted to enter until a time is available. This is to ensure we are following the Restore Illinois protocols and to allow visiting as safely as possible for you and our staff. We will continue to keep the safety of our visitors and staff a top priority as we navigate the pandemic and ask for your cooperation. As a reminder we are open Thursday through Sunday from 9 until 5. The grounds are open daily from dawn until dusk. We look forward to seeing you at Cahokia Mounds soon.

 

 

Interpretive Center to reopen on January 28

Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site will reopen on Thursday, January 28. We invite you to come and visit the site with the following restrictions:

*Visits to the Interpretive Center will be by APPOINTMENT ONLY.

*Walk-in visits to the Interpretive Center are not permitted at this time.

* Masks will be required to enter the facility and will be strictly enforced.

*We ask that you use the provided sanitizer when entering the facility.

*The grounds are open daily from dawn until dusk, an appointment is not necessary.

*Tours will not be provided at this time.

To make an appointment, call 618-346-5160

— Lori Belknap, Site Superintendent

Link to our Market

You can access the market by going to this link. We apologize for any confusion and for the link on the home page not working.

Do you need to contact us?

The Cahokia.mounds@sbcglobal.net email account has been temporarily suspended until further notice. For site information or contacting personnel, use the following:  Site superintendent Lori Belknap (lori.belknap@illinois.gov); Interpretive Coordinator/Educator Linda Sinco (linda.sinco@illinois.gov); Acting Assistant Manager/public relations/photo use/artifact identification, Bill Iseminger (William.iseminger@illinois.gov); for Cahokia Mounds Museum Society executive director Alie Morgan (museumsociety@cahokiamounds.org); for gift shop manager Linda Krieg (giftshop@cahokiamounds.org). These personnel are on site on a limited basis due to Covid restrictions so responses may take several days.   You can also call 618-346-5161 or snail mail to Cahokia Mounds SHS, 30 Ramey Street, Collinsville, IL 62234. The Interpretive Center closed to the public Nov. 20 until further notice. The grounds remain open every day from dawn to dusk.

Cahokia Mounds Interpretive Center will be closed beginning November 20

“Due to Governor Pritsker’s directive to move the State to Tier 3 mitigation, the Interpretive Center at Cahokia Mounds will be closed indefinitely.  This will begin on Friday, November 20, 2020.  The Site grounds will remain open daily, from dawn till dusk.  Thank you for your understand as we work together to control the pandemic.”

Lori Belknap

Site Superintendent

New Visitation Policy Beginning Wednesday November 18

Due to new COVID-19 restrictions we are altering the way we admit visitors. Beginning November 18 you need to have an appointment.  We will be allowing 10 visitors into the Interpretive Center every 30 minutes beginning at 9am and ending at 4pm. A mask must be worn while in the facility.Please RSVP by calling 618-346-5160.

Saint Louis Art Museum Shows Art Inspired by Cahokia Mounds

The Saint Louis Art Museum is featuring works by artist Elias Sime.  “On an unusually warm day in December 2019, Sime and his creative partner, curators and anthropologist Meskerem Assegued visited St. Louis in preparation for the exhibition Currents 118: Elias Sime. Their first destination was Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site, where they viewed the mounds of the ancient Native American city directly across the Mississippi River from St. Louis. Sime’s focus on global phenomena extends beyond contemporary systems of communication and exchange to ancient histories of art and architecture and their unique visual languages. Standing on Monks Mound, Sime and Assegued discussed Ethiopia’s own historic mounds, which were built between the 8th and 15th centuries. With only one day in St. Louis before heading back to Ethiopia, there was just enough time to see the Gateway Arch, a St. Louis landmark and an outstanding achievement in sculpture and engineering.

The exhibit titled Tightrope: Eyes and Ears of a Bat 1 and 2. These large-scale, concave bowls invert the iconic forms of the mound the arch. The half-spherical shapes are covered with wires and electrical components, like freestanding versions of Sime’s iconic wall-hung assemblages. Braided and twisted electrical wires nailed into the bowls’ surfaces evoke both movement in nature and painterly brushstrokes. Sime chose their brown, terra-cotta, and green colors to allude to the shades of the Midwestern winter landscape he saw from the vantage point of Monks Mound. Through its unique materiality, Sime’s art expresses an astute commentary on environmental sustainability, the power of nature, global social connections, and the beauty of the utilitarian.”

The exhibit closes January 31, 2021. For more information on visiting check SLAM’s website.

CMMS & PARC Host Virtual Trivia Night

On Saturday October 24, Cahokia Mounds Museum Society is partnering with Powell Archaeological Research Center to host their Annual Trivia night a little differently. Our normal trivia night was postponed due to COVID-19 and in person events will likely not be taking place any time soon so we are taking it virtual. 

Powell Archaeological Research Center processes and catalogs everything found during our summer digs. They are also a non profit organization and rely solely on donations to pay for all expenses that they incur in processing these items. 

In order to participate in Trivia night, each household must have a computer or tablet or any device that they can access Zoom on as that will be the platform we use for the evening’s events. Each participant will also need a separate device to actually answer the questions. Kahoot! is an app that allows participants to answer questions and the person who answers correctly gets the most points. It’s every person for themselves. Have friends over and compete against each other! Tickets are $15 plus applicable fees and can be purchased at Eventbrite

We will have Steve Shininger providing some entertainment throughout the night. 

If you have any questions please email museumsociety@cahokiamounds.org or call (618) 344-7316.