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Des Moines River history program set

Nov 05, 2012

KEOSAUQUA — A program about the natural and cultural history of the Des Moines River area between Eldon and Keosauqua will be held from 2-4 p.m. Sunday in the lodge at Lacey-Keosauqua State Park near Keosauqua.

The event is free and open to the public.

Program presenters will be University of Iowa archaeologists Cindy Peterson and Lynn M. Alex. Detra Dettmann of Pathfinders Resource Conservation and Development and John Wenck of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources Water Trails Program also will be present to answer questions about the Des Moines River Water Trail.

In addition to taking part in the discussion of the rich natural and cultural history of the region, attendees are encouraged to bring local artifacts and documents which may help in the identification of important historical resources.

The program will help determine what local residents of the area would like to learn and tell others about the river, its history and its culture, and begin to outline opportunities for interpretation and conservation.

Each twist and turn of this largest of Iowa’s interior waterways reveals scenic views, abundant wildlife, and large and small historical dramas that played out over 12 millennia. The corridor sustained American Indians from the Ice Age through historic times. Just prior to Iowa’s statehood, it was the site of a large Ioway tribal village, and later, the home of Sauk warrior Black Hawk. The waterway played integral roles in the emerging lock-and-dam system, steamboat travel, and the stoneware industry.

The program is sponsored by Pathfinders RC&D and the Iowa DNR Water Trails Program.

Preregistration is requested. To register online, visit www.PathfindersRCD.org. To register on the phone, call the Pathfinders RC&D office at 472-6177.

For more information, contact the Pathfinders RC&D office.

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