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Friends of Aztalan State Park Awarded $20,000 Stewardship Grant

Request for Proposal Aztalan State Park Visitor Center

Friends of Aztalan State Park to facilitate the design and construction of a Visitor Center.

Friends News Letter is BACK!

by Dan Seurer


Calendar 2014

Aug 14 (Thursday), 1:00pm, Kids Day at Aztalan: This is a special mid-week event for kids (of all ages). Karen Hartman, a Cherokee storey teller, will present the Native American crafts workship. Karen's personal charm and enthusiasm is kid-inspirational.


Sept 19 (Friday) - Sept 21 (Sunday), Bus Trip to Cahokia: The Friends of Aztalan is organizing a three day trip to Cahokia, the central city of the Mississippians, in southern Illinois. Included is a specially arranged guided tour of Cahokia by experts, ample time to see the fabulous Cahokia museum, and time to roam the site on your own. The reasonably priced hotel is nearby in Collinsville near inexpensive restaurants. Special lectures and videos will be presented on the bus. Box lunches, snacks and beverages are included with the bus. Preliminary estimate of the cost of the bus and box lunches is $110.00. A block of rooms has been reserved near the site at $72/night (with 2 queen beds, continental breakfast, fridge and microwave, wifi). To reserve a room mention Friends of Aztalan at 618-345-8008. Check out Cahokia cahokiamounds.org/


Please donate to the Aztalan Interpretative Center.


Thank You for your support of Aztalan State Park!


For more information, contact Friends of Aztalan executive director, Bob Birmingham at 608-516-3421 or birmi@sbcglobal.net.

Park photos by Dan Seurer: SLIDE SHOW

Aztalan State Park is 2 miles off I-94 at Lake Mills, 1 hour from Milwaukee or Madison. Slide show photos by Dan Seuer. Check out his website http://seurer-photography.com

Group tours can be arranged for adults and schools. Call Bob Birmingham at (608) 241-4958 or email birmi@sbcglobal.net for more information.

Tours every Sunday at 2:00, May - Sept: Free guided tours, weather permitting. Wisconsin State Park sticker required.

Historical Summary

Aztalan State Park is the site of a ceremonial and residential Native American town established in 1100 AD (approximately). This site has provided insights into ancient agriculture and gardening.

 

While people lived along the Crawfish River in Wisconsin's Jefferson County before 900 A.D., the Mississippians arrived at ancient Aztalan between 1050 and 1100AD. They established a heirarchal society that was culturally exotic for the area.

 

The Mississippian people built earthen pyramids used by the religious and ruling leaders. The largest Mississippian site is Cahokia, located near St. Louis. Aztalan is the most northern outpost.

 

The Aztalan people built three earthern pyramids and a protective stockade complete with guard towers. Two of the pyramids and sections of the stockade are reconstructed.

 

In 1837 Nathaniel Hyer mapped the site and, believing that it was built by people from the ancient Mexican city of Aztalan, named the Wisconsin site Aztalan. Though it is now known that the inhabitants were not from Mexico the name of the site was not changed.

 

The Book by Bob Birmingham, Executive Manager of Friends of Aztalan, former Wisconsin state archeologist and Lynne Goldstein of Michigan State University.

See the video, purchased by the Friends of Aztalan to raise awareness of the historical uniqueness of Aztalan, and funds for an on-site visitor's interpretive center.

 

The charter of the Friends of Aztalan is to raise money to augment the state's budget for an Aztalan State Park Interpretive Center. In the spring of 2012 Friends of Aztalan State Park purchased the large office trailer which is used las an interim interpretive center. It provides information and books about the site and related places of interest in the region.

Questions, comments? Please contact us.

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Site designed/developed by Marifrances A Cataldi

June-2014

This website was developed and is maintained by the Friends of Aztalan State Park. We invite you to learn about the Mississippian culture from the information presented here and the links to other Mississippian sites that we found of interest.

Friends of Aztalan State Park

P.O Box 855

Lake Mills, WI 53551