Effigy Mounds reopens, remaining Archaeology Month programs still planned
Effigy Mounds National Monument reopened to visitors, effective the morning of Oct. 17. The park, visitor center and hiking trails are all once again available for the public to enjoy. The park had been closed since Oct. 1 due to a lapse in Congressional appropriations.
“I can’t tell you how happy we are to be open again,” said Effigy Mounds Superintendent Jim Nepstad in an Oct. 17 press release. “We had several employees here this morning well before the sun came up so we could get all the signs removed and the buildings opened up.”
Autumn is an ideal time to visit Effigy Mounds National Monument, so October is typically a very busy month for the park. The visitor center is open seven days a week, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Many programs and special events were canceled due to the uncertainty surrounding the shutdown, but, according to Effigy Mounds, any previously scheduled Archaeology Month programs and events that have yet to occur will still happen. Those include:
·“Artifacts of the Fur Trade” on Thursday, Oct. 24. This program in the auditorium will explore the diversity of European manufactured goods that were brought to the Mississippi River Valley to trade with the Native Americans during the 18th and 19th centuries.
·“The Creation of Effigy Mounds National Monument and the National Park Movement in Iowa” on Saturday, Oct. 26 in the visitor center auditorium. From early efforts by local people in Clayton and Allamakee Counties to a president’s actions in the White House, follow the long and twisting tale of the creation of Iowa’s only national monument. The program runs from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
·“Ancient Tool Demonstration“ on Tuesday, Oct. 29 in the visitor center auditorium.
However, any previously scheduled programs or events, like the Hawk Watch, whose dates have already passed will not be rescheduled. For more information, or to find out the status of any events, please call the park at (563) 873-3491.