Goodbye 2023 & Hello 2024

by Justin Smock – Administrative Assistant

Happy New Year to you, our fellow supporters. Last year, you all came together to ensure the continuation of preservation and interpretation at Cahokia Mounds. We would like to thank everyone who participated in or volunteered at our events over the previous year. With your generous contributions we can continue public outreach and educational programs at Cahokia Mounds including Native American Market Days, Artifact Identification Day, Solstice/Equinox Sunrise Observances, and Nature/Culture Hikes. 

Entering a new year of preserving and interpreting Cahokia Mounds, we need to remind you that Cahokia Mounds Museum Society needs your support. The Interpretive Center will likely remain closed for most of 2024 and your not-for-profit organization relies on the gift shop to provide income to continue and expand the preservation. Due to the construction delay, your support remains critical. YOU can make an impact at Cahokia Mounds TODAY by contributing a one-time or monthly donation, joining or increasing your membership to the Society, or by shopping at our Gift Shop either in-person at select times, or online at Can’t access the website? You may also place a Gift Shop order over the phone by calling (618) 344-9221.

In 2024, I can assure you I will remain dedicated to the continuation of preservation and interpretation at Cahokia Mounds, in spite of our limitations, by expanding our outreach, preservation, and membership programs. In 2024, we plan to develop more fundraising opportunities, expand our Land Acquisition funds to acquire threatened areas of the ancient site, develop a new grant to produce audio tours for the site, and prepare for potential reopening in 2025.

Continue checking our social media platforms including Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter or our website for the most recent updates on the renovation, special events, and fundraising opportunities. 

***Scroll down to view Upcoming 2024 events and activities


  • MARCH 17: Spring Equinox Sunrise Observance 2024

    Experience the sunrise like never-before! Join us Sunday, March 17, 2024, for our Annual Spring Equinox Sunrise Observance. Meet at the center pole of the Woodhenge Reconstruction on site, just west of Monks Mound, by 6:30 AM. There will be a 30-minute discussion focused on the discovery, function, and significance of this Pre-Columbian structure. Out of respect for Native American Cultures, no ceremonies will be conducted at this event. This event is open to the public with FREE admission and parking. 

  • APRIL 06: Trivia Night & Silent Auction

    Put on your thinking caps and help support two local non-profits at our Annual Trivia Night & Silent Auction on April 6, 2024, from 7 pm to 10 pm – doors open at 6 pm. It will be held in the Interpretive Center Lobby. The fee is $150 for a table that seats 10, or single tickets can be purchased for $20. Spaces are limited, reserve your spot TODAY by calling (618) 344-7316, or online at

  • APRIL 08: Total Solar Eclipse 2024

    Partial totality will be visible from Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site beginning roughly around 1:58 PM CT., on April 8, 2024. From our viewpoint, the eclipse will be at roughly 99% totality for about 3.5 minutes. To view the complete corona of the eclipse you MUST be in the path of 100% totality. Whether you are viewing this event from Cahokia Mounds or traveling to a higher totality destination you will NEED appropriate protective eyewear and we have the ones just for you! Click the title or icon for more details.

  • MAY 18 & 19: Spring Native American Market 2024

    This year’s Spring Native American Market is moving to the Collinsville, IL VFW-Post 5691, located at 1234 Vandalia Street. This unique 2-day shopping event will be open to the public Saturday, May 18 & Sunday, May 19, from 10 AM to 8 PM. Over 30 tribal affiliated artists from across North America demonstrate and sell authentic indigenous arts and crafts. Some available items include jewelry, ceramics, paintings/drawings, clothing, flutes, woodcarvings, and much more! This event is open to the public with FREE admission and parking. We look forward to seeing you there!