Illinois State Museum, Springfield

Family History Workshops

family history research
  • Illinois State Museum, Springfield
Classroom
Wednesday, March 13, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:15pm
Join Curator of Art and History Erika Holst for two introductory workshops on family history. Participants can choose to register for either or both workshops, which will be held in the Museum’s classroom.

Excavating a Langford House at Noble-Wieting, McLean County, Illinois

view of dig site
  • Illinois State Museum, Springfield
Thorne Deuel Auditorium
Wednesday, March 6, 2019 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Dating to the 13th or 14th century, Noble-Wieting is a nearly six-acre Langford Tradition mound and village site that has long been known for its geography as well as the association between Langford pottery and shell-tempered Mississippian pottery.

Harvesting the River: Pearl Buttons

Freshwater mussels have lived in North America since the Age of the Dinosaurs—more than 200 million years. They’re ecologically important—cleaning the water in our streams and lakes and providing food for many species. American Indians gathered mussels for food and used shells for tools and ornaments. In the 1890s, a German immigrant invented a new use for mussels that launched an industry—pearl buttons.

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