Upcoming Events

Dickson Mounds Museum offers a wide range of public programs throughout the year -- on archaeology, Indian cultures of the Americas, natural history, and rural life and culture. Programs include workshops, demonstrations, performances, conferences, and festivals -- many of which are held outdoors. Most events are free to the public.

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All ISM Events
Image is of black necked-stilt standing on the shore. Credit: Illinois River NWR-Chautauqua Staff
Sep 25 2021 - 10:00am to 4:00pm
Dickson Mounds, Lewistown
Dickson Mounds is encouraging families to get outside and view shorebirds!
Image is of IDNR's Fall Colors poster front.
Oct 1 2021 (All day) to Oct 31 2021 (All day)
Dickson Mounds, Lewistown
Through the month of October, different points of interest will be highlighted along the trails. This self-guided experience will be available daily...
Clipart image of multi-colored leaved tree.
Oct 7 2021 - 9:30am to 10:30am
Dickson Mounds, Lewistown
Tots and their caretakers may enjoy a self-guided tree walk on the Museum’s grounds and have fun finding and looking at the different leaves, sticks, and nuts.

Illinois State Museum Online Events

factory workers
Sep 29 2021 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Join Faranak Miraftab, University of Illinois professor and author of Global Heartland, as she explores the global dynamics that lead displaced populations to places like Beardstown, where they work in these necessary and often dangerous occupations.
wooden cradle
Oct 7 2021 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
On average, museums can only exhibit less than 1% of their artifacts. Where is everything else?
Chicago Fire Lithograph by Currier & Ives 1871
Oct 7 2021 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Fire was an ever- present threat in 1800s Illinois, a world filled with wooden buildings lit by open fires. The most devastating fire in our state's history, the Great Chicago Fire, occurred 150 years ago this October.