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Open house scheduled at Dickson Mounds Museum

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[August 14, 2012]  LEWISTOWN -- The public is invited to the annual open house at Dickson Mounds Museum. This year's event will be on Sunday from 1 to 3 p.m. At 3 p.m., there will be a presentation in the auditorium by the museum director, Dr. Michael Wiant. He will outline plans for new exhibits and research.

During the open house, museum staff will be available throughout the building, including "behind-the-scenes" in the collection and the archaeology laboratory, to talk about 2011-2012 accomplishments and plans for future projects. There will also be "hands-on" activities for all ages.

Among exciting developments are discoveries made during the Morton site excavation, research on the Dickson Mounds cemetery, new educational programs, plans for new exhibits that will feature the history of Dickson Mounds Museum, exhibits that will incorporate animal mounts and a more complete story of Native American history in the Illinois River Valley.

Members of the Emiquon Partnership will also have displays and activities throughout the afternoon.

Refreshments will be served from 1 to 3 p.m.

Admission is free.

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The Illinois State Museum at Dickson Mounds is located between Lewistown and Havana, off Illinois Routes 78 and 97.  The museum is open free to the public from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day. Tours and special programs are available for groups with reservations.

For more information, call 309-547-3721 or TTY 217-782-9175 or visit the museum's website at www.experiencedicksonmounds.com. Also like "Illinois State Museum Dickson Mounds" on Facebook.

[Text from file received sfrom Dickson Mounds Museum]

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