Fort St. Joseph Archaeology Open House

Riverfront Park South
Bond Street
Niles, MI 49120
Contact Name: Niles History Center

Opening Date:08/04/2018

Closing Date:08/05/2018

Event Description:The Fort St. Joseph (FSJ) Archaeological Project is a collaboration between Western Michigan University (WMU) and the City of Niles, Michigan with support from the greater community. The FSJ Project offers a variety of opportunities for the public to get involved as a means of sharing knowledge about local archaeological investigations and the history of the City of Niles, MI. Fort St. Joseph, founded in 1691, was an important French mission, trading post, and military garrison until it was abandoned in 1781. During its time, FSJ was controlled by four countries; France, Britain, Spain, and America, as well as multiple Native American Indian Tribes, including the Potawatomi. In 1998, Niles’ Support the Fort, Inc. called on WMU’s Dr. Michael Nassaney to conduct an investigation to locate Fort St. Joseph. Over the last 20 years, Dr. Nassaney and teams of WMU students have worked to uncover the history of Niles’ Fort St. Joseph in conjunction with WMU’s Archaeological Field School, which is certified by the Register for Professional Archaeologists. Join us Saturday, August 4 & Sunday, August 5 10:00am – 4:00pm at the corner of Fort and Bond Streets in Niles, MI for our annual Archaeology Open House that is FREE and open to the public. People of all ages are invited to attend to: - Meet WMU archaeologists working at the FSJ archaeological site - Observe period demonstrations at the Living History Village - Explore the active FSJ archaeological site - Participate in children’s activities and crafts - View recently uncovered artifacts - Listen to period music and participate in period dance

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Operating Hours:10:00am - 4:00pm

Admission:Admission is free

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Event Sponsored By:Niles History Center
Niles, MI