Granite City – Long before Lewis and Clark, our region was home to our country’s prehistoric foundation civilization – the Mississippian Culture. It has been said from these individuals sprang today’s great Indian Nations. With cultural reaches from Canada and Mexico along the mighty Mississippi, their center of trade and cultural exchange was here – Eastern Missouri and Southwestern Illinois – spread over five counties. Cahokia Mounds, and the archaeological resources in the region today, are in need of additional protection tools that will help to secure the remnants of the largest Native American civilization in the North American Continent.
HeartLands Conservancy has been asked to develop a comprehensive feasibility study, capturing the significance of the Mounds region by demonstrating through economic, natural resources and community protection; it can remain interpretively intact and protect the partially remaining sites. HeartLands Conservancy will develop the necessary reports and bring together community leaders and state and federal agencies to look at ways to protect and enhance these sites.
The study being conducted will consist of public outreach and listening sessions, researching case studies and developing an inventory of mounds and mound sites to provide a connected interpretive network. This study will look to national models in elevating the status of Cahokia Mound State Historic Site, as well as connecting other mound sites remaining in the Southwestern Illinois and St. Louis Region.
This study will review the feasibility of an appropriate national designation and process by which to protect, connect, interpret, promote, and preserve the remnants of the prehistoric Mississippian Mounds civilization that once thrived in the region while improving regional tourism, economic development, and the community’s quality of life.
A community open house will be held on Thursday, February 21, 2013 at the Granite City Township Community Building at 2060 Delmar Ave. Granite City, IL from 6:30-7:00 PM with doors open at 6:00. The public is invited to review the information and maps showing remaining mounds sites in the area.