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Horicon Marsh Archaeological Festival

October 13, 2018 @ 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

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The Horicon Marsh Archaeological Festival, sponsored by the Rock River Archaeological Society, takes place at the Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center (N7725 Highway 28, Horicon) on October 13th and 14th.  There is no admission charge. This very special weekend features speakers in the Visitor Center Auditorium on both Saturday and Sunday along with children’s activities and taking a ride on the Voyageur Canoe with family will be available.   Local collectors with museum quality artifacts will be displaying on site, along with a Native American Tepee, Buckskinner’s encampment, and a Flute and Drum Circle activity.

Times of the event are Saturday, October 13, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and Sunday October 14, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.  Rain or shine the festival will take place.

The Fox of the River Voyageur Canoe will be giving canoe rides on which the story of the Voyageurs will be shared and there will be Atlatl demonstrations where the public can try their hand at throwing the Atlatl.  Vendors offering jewelry, Native American art and handmade items will be on hand.  Delicious food crated by Chef Anthony from Milwaukee will be offered and much more on the beautiful Horicon Marsh.

The Explorium, a “must see” for all, will be open with a small admission cost.

Horicon Marsh Archaeological Festival Offers Unique Activities For Children.  It is a FREE event and welcomes all ages.

Activities will include:

Atlatl Throwing.  The Atlatl is a Stone Age artifact that was used as a hunting weapon.  This hunting weapon requires skill rather than muscle power alone.  It uses leverage to achieve greater velocity in dart-throwing and includes a bearing surface which allows the user to story energy during the throw.  Atlatl experts will be on hand to coach and teach the use of this ancient tool.

Fire Starting is an age old activity.  Children today think a fire is started with a match, but the technique of starting a fire dates back to the earliest man.  There were no match, but fires were used to cook food and provide warmth.  How did they do it?

Corn Grinding will be demonstrated for everyone and all will be offered the chance to try their hand at this activity.  As soon as Native Americans became acquainted with corn it became one of the main staples in their diet.  Check out how they ground the corn to save it for another days use.

Bead Collecting is fun for all children attending the event.  Beads are one type of artifact found throughout Wisconsin.  Some are made of glass, some are made of clay and others are made of shell or other materials. The children will be given a little bag that has a few starter beads in it and directions telling them what to do.  Children are encouraged to collect as many beads as they can.  After they have collected their beads (which they can take home and use to make a bracelet) they return to the starting place and collect a reward.  It is like a treasure hunt and very easy for children to see the big signs that say “Bead Stop” where they can collect a bead.

Horicon Marsh Explorium will be open and can be found by descending the large stairway in the dynamic lobby.  A very small cost of $4.00 for a student or $15.00 for the whole family will allow admission. The incredible story of the Horicon Marsh is told in this interactive Explorium where sight, touch, sound and smell are used to tell the story.

Create a necklace with a leather punch or a shell.  Children will be able to choose the emblem they want to put on a piece of leather that will then be made into a necklace or they will be able to use an early Native American drill to make a shell necklace.  There is no charge for the leather necklace and only a small charge for the shell necklace by a vender.   Either necklace is guaranteed to be one of their treasures for years to come.

Ride the Voyageur Canoe with Jacques Largillier and Jean Paul Pauquette.  Everyone engages in role-playing as Voyageurs and all learn about the hardships and daily life of the Voyageurs.  Adults and children are invited to take this special canoe ride.

Interesting activities will abound at this Horicon Marsh Archaeology Festival on October 13th & 14th which the Rock River Archaeology Society sponsors.  It is guaranteed that children in attendance will be talking about their experiences at this event for years.

For more information call 920-210-7865.





October 13, 2018
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Horicon Marsh Education Center
N7725 Highway 28
Horicon, WI 53032 United States
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