Events to Celebrate National Archaeology Month, National Hunting and Fishing Day

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.,

Sept. 12, 2008 – Events are scheduled for 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 27 at Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus to celebrate National Archaeology Month and National Hunting and Fishing Day.

Participants will have the opportunity to visit indoor and outdoor learning stations for archery, casting, bow making, wood carving, fossils, flint knapping, clay pottery, copper embossing and artifact identification.

Special programs are planned throughout the afternoon, beginning at 1 p.m. with “Backyard Archaeology,” a presentation by Ole Miss graduate student Sarah Stephens who will present her findings at the South Cape Archaeology site.

Dr. Elizabeth Scott, assistant professor of anthropology at Illinois State University, will present “Archaeology in Historic Ste. Genevieve” at 2 p.m. Scott’s presentation will inform participants about the French and German households of the late 18th and 19th centuries.

National television host Rocky Francis of Broadside Adventures will present “Hunters, Tree Huggers & Animal Lovers” at 3 p.m. Francis will make light of the subject but also discuss the true realization that people can be all three – hunters, tree huggers and animal lovers – as conservationists.

New this year will be booths representing several local vendors:

Kentucky HydroGrafx offers underwater lake terrain maps in electronic form for precision fishing in locations such as Kentucky Lake’s Big Sandy, Blood River, Johnathan Creek, and Barkley Lake.

Drums Wildlife Supplies has game cameras, 30-gallon tripod feeders, archery supplies, and blinds available.

Cabela’s Outfitter provides the latest high quality outdoor sports gear and supplies from big-game hunting to bass fishing.

Wooden Treasures will offer handcrafted wood items by Dave and Sharon Ledure.

Those who have prehistoric artifacts made of stone, shell, bone, or ceramic they would like to learn more about, are asked to bring the objects or pictures of them to the Artifact Identification booth.

The “Connecting People with the Land Expo” is a free event and open to the public.

It is sponsored by the Rosemary Berkel and Harry L. Crisp II Southeast Missouri Regional Museum and the Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center.

Residents from throughout the region are asked to drop by to learn about the conservation and preservation of the rich cultural and natural resources of this area.The River Campus is located at 518 S. Fountain St. in Cape Girardeau, Mo., next to the Bill Emerson Memorial Bridge.

For more information, contact the Museum at (573) 651-2301.