12934
Columbia
Cahokia Mounds: A Prehistoric City and Indian Culture
Alongside a renowned archeologist, discover the Cahokia Mounds — one of the United States’ most ancient sites — and learn about the rise and sudden collapse of the peoples that lived.
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5 days
4 nights
12 meals
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DAY
1
Check-in, Registraion, Orientation, Welcome Dinner
Columbia, IL
D
Toddhall Retreat and Conference Center

Afternoon: Plan to arrive at conference center 3:00-5:00 PM.

Dinner: 5:30 pm in the conference center dining room.

Evening: 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm. Introductions, overview of program, and orientation to the grounds of Toddhall.

DAY
2
Cahokia Mounds Introduction
Columbia, IL
B,L,D
Toddhall Retreat and Conference Center

Activity note: Discussion on Prehistoric Indians of Southern Illinois. After dinner: "Bones tell the story"

Breakfast: 8:00 am in the conference center dining room.

Morning: Home to possibly 20,000 native pre-historic Americans, the secrets of Cahokia are becoming more and more apparent. Bill Iseminger narrates the Cahokia Mounds program and presents most of the classes. His involvement with Cahokia dates back to 1971. His ability to convey information in an interesting fashion has led virtually all previous Participants to comment on his professional presentation as excellent with an inspiration to learn more.

Lunch: 11:30 am in the conference center dining room.

Afternoon: Fabric of Mississippi Culture: Learn of the rich textile heritage and skillful use of natural materials including quill work, beading, weaving and dying from professional Finger weaver and Spinner; Enjoy hands-on opportunity!

Dinner: 5:30 pm in the conference center dining room.

Evening: 6:30 pm Storytelling - Marilyn Kinsella

DAY
3
Monks Mound, Stockade, Woodhenge
Columbia, IL
B,L,D
Toddhall Retreat and Conference Center

Activity note: Flintknapping and Fire Starting - highly rated evening event.

Breakfast: 8:00 am in the conference center dining room.

Morning: More Cahokia from Bill Iseminger, Public Relations and exhibit coordinator of Cahokia Mounds who has appeared in numerous television programs to include Discovery Channel, BBC, and History Channel.

Lunch: 11:30 in the conference center dining room.

Afternoon: 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm Cahokia mounds. Orientation movie at the Interpretive Center and self-guided tour of the Interpretive Center.

Dinner: 5:30 in the conference center dining room.

Evening: 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm. Evening flintknapping program presented by Larry Kinsella.

DAY
4
Cahokia Mounds Site & Museum
Columbia, IL
B,L,D
Toddhall Retreat and Conference Center

Activity note: Drive-by tour narrated by Dr. Kelly of several locations where mound-builders lived in areas around the Cahokia Mounds. Sandwich lunch at the Mounds.

Breakfast: 8:00 am in the conference center dining room.

Morning: Cahokia Mounds classroom with Dr John Kelly. Walk to the top of Monks Mound and spend time on the grounds of Cahokia Mounds and the Interpretive Center, visit Woodhenge

Lunch: Catered sandwiches delivered to Cahokia Mounds.

Afternoon: Classroom continues with Dr Kelly. 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm self-guided tours of museum/grounds of Cahokia

Dinner: 5:30 in the conference center dining room.

Evening: Evening free time, games will be available.

DAY
5
Why Did the Cahokia Disappear, Program Concludes
Columbia, IL
B,L

Activity note: Hands-on artifacts and discussion about Mound 72.

Breakfast: 8:00 am in the conference center dining room.

Morning: 9:15 - 11:00 am presentation on what may have happened to such a vibrant culture with summation.

Lunch: 1130 am checkout. BOX LUNCH under refrigeration available in conference dining room from 10am till checkout.