On Mondays we take a few minutes to visit a notable museum or historical monument in the United States, all in keeping with our comfortable philosophy of “teaching with-out the curriculum.” Explore a new place with your students, find it in your atlas, learn a new name or a new date, and you’re done. Over the course of the year, almost without realizing it, your students will absorb a wealth of new historical and geographical information.
This week’s state-of-the-week is Indiana, so we’re going to pay a virtual visit to the Angel Mounds State Historic Site in Evansville, Indiana. Here’s the state’s own webpage for the park, with information, a calendar or events, and more:
From their webpage:
Located on the banks of the Ohio River in southwest Indiana, Angel Mounds State Historic Site is one of the best-preserved, pre-contact Native American sites in North America. Built between A.D. 1050 and 1400, the town was occupied by more than 1,000 Mississippians. The society built 11 earthen mounds as platforms to elevate important buildings. The original town covered an area of 103 acres and served as an important religious, political and trade center for people living within a 75-mile radius.
The site was abandoned before European explorers came to North America. Possible explanations for abandonment are depletion of natural resources, climatic changes or the collapse of the chiefdom.
More than 600 acres comprise Angel Mounds State Historic Site, which includes an interpretive center, recreations of Mississippian buildings and a working reconstruction of the 1939 WPA archaeology laboratory. The 500-acre non-archaeological portion of the site contains a nature preserve with hiking and biking trails.
What museum or historical monument have you visited lately? 😊
❡ Your River Houses almanac (riverhouses.org/books) has a list of U.S. national parks and monuments on pages 425–432, and the sidebar on the River Houses website (riverhouses.org) has links to the comprehensive America’s Parks website (americasparks.com), which includes national and state parks, historic sites, wildlife refuges, and more.