Museum Hosts Primitive Encampment during Annual Scenic Drive

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record

Dickson Mounds Museum will host the annual “Rendezvous at Spoon River” – a living history re-enactment, during October 6, 7, 13, 14, 2012 of the Spoon River Scenic Drive weekends. Members of the Mackinaw Valley Longrifles Association will be on hand to teach the public about the lifestyles, survival skills, and rich cultural history of Illinois 18th and 19th century inhabitants.

The public is invited to visit their primitive encampment on the museum grounds and engage in blanket trading and knife-hawk throwing; view demonstrations of wooden spoon carving, fiber arts, and much more. The event is open to the public from 8:30 am - 5:00 p.m. and admission is free.

The Illinois State Museum - 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 5:00 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 web site at Also check out weekly updates on Facebook at “Illinois State Museum – Dickson Mounds”.