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February 19 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pmFree
Wisconsin is rich in history, and northern Wisconsin contains many little-known places. Learn more about some of this history and how archaeologists are bringing these stories to light in a free presentation with archaeologist Cindi Stiles on Tuesday, February 19 at 1:00 p.m. at the Mercer Library.
The lakes of Vilas, Oneida and Iron Counties have attracted people to the region for over 10,000 years. The Ojibwe followed prophesy to the Lake Superior region and settled in the land where “food grows on the water.” Much of the logging that provided timber for settlers’ houses in the Midwest and Plains occurred in the forests of the Upper Midwest. The slash and cutover lands left behind by the logging crews were repaired by the fire fighters and tree planters of the Depression Era Civilian Conservation Corps.
All these people and events left their mark on the land. Stiles will talk about new and ongoing projects designed to bring this history to the public.
Cindi Stiles is currently working as the Tribal Archaeologist for Lac du Flambeau Tribe. In her 43 years as a professional archaeologist, Stiles has conducted projects in state, federal, tribal, university and private settings in many Midwestern and Plains states. For the last 27 years, she has had the honor to work with tribes in northern Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula. Her other loves are traveling, photography, and visiting people and places all over the world.
This program is sponsored by the Mercer Public Library and ICORE, the Iron County Outdoor Recreation Enthusiasts. For more information, call the library at 715-476-2366 or visit mercerpubliclibrary.org.
Photo by John Atherton, used under Creative Commons license