Dodge County Historical Society Exhibit Features A First For The Smithsonian

(Beaver Dam) The public is encouraged to visit a new exhibit at the Dodge County Historical Society. It is entitled “Rare Prehistoric Artifacts of Dodge County Wisconsin.”  The exhibit features rare, Paleo-Indian projectile points; ancient pottery from the Fox Lake-area; rare, grooved axes from the county; an image display of local effigy mound sites and unusual prehistoric stone tools.

There will also be an original first print 1855 copy of Increase Lapham’s Antiquities of Wisconsin as Surveyed and Described. Curator Kurt Sampson says in 1850 Lapham went to the American Antiquarian Society, known today as the Smithsonian Institution, and was given $500 dollars to map mound sites throughout the state.

Sampson says a year later Lapham wound up in Dodge County. Working his way through the Hustisford region, then on to Juneau, over to Beaver Dam and Horicon as well as Mayville. Sampson says after mapping the mound sites Lapham he completed his book ended up being the first ever published by the Smithsonian in their Contributions to Knowledge Series.

There will also be a display about the various archaeologist who worked in Dodge County mapping mound sites over the last 150 years. The exhibit is free and open to the public.


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