Monday, March 14, 2016

March/April 2016 Newsletter

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            March/April  2016 vol. 16  no. 3
Rock River was a beautiful country. I loved my towns, my cornfields, and the home of my people.  I fought for it.  It is now yours.  Keep it as we did.
                                                                                        - Chief Black Hawk
   

A Note of Thanks

 I wish to thank everyone for my beautiful gifts in appreciation for my time spent as a board member. It was like being part of a family. I had lots of fun and met many new and exciting people who became monthly speakers and/or participants in our Archeological Weekend. I encourage others to have this rewarding experience by being a board member or volunteering time to support RRAS. Your help ensures the continued success of this wonderful organization.
Thank you,
Catherine Salapa

Rock River Archeological Society
Presents Program on Early Native American Artifacts

   The Rock River Archeological Society will be presenting a program on early Native American artifacts on March 16th.  The program will be given by Gary Henschel, owner and operator of Henschel’s Indian Museum located near Elkhart Lake, WI.  Gary will be showing a slide show and sharing real artifacts brought along for all to see.  He will tell the story of when he was a child, being raised on the site, and taking long walks with his Grandfather.
    Since the first Henschel homesteader settled in Sheboygan County in 1849, the family’s land has yielded evidence of 10,000 years of human occupation.  Today the

Henschel collection is one of the most complete in Wisconsin.  Items at the museum and talked about in the program will be chipped stone tools, projectile points, ground stone tools, bone tools, copper implements, and pottery.  Gary will trace the lives and times of the original culture inhabiting our area of Wisconsin.
     The program on Wednesday, March 16th,  will begin at 7:00 PM in the lower level of the Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center.  Refreshments are served after the program and everyone is invited.  The evening is FREE to the public. For more information one may call Julie Flemming at 920-928-6094 or email julieflemming@yahoo.com.
  
Gary Henschel speaking to RRAS members and guests at his museum.
   



Rock River Archeological Society
Presents Program on
The Fur Trade (1600-1840)

   The Rock River Archeological Society will be presenting a program by Raymond Glazner on the Fur Trade between the years of 1600 and 1840.  The program will be held on April 20th at 7:00 PM in the lower level of the Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center.  Mr. Glazner will talk about the Dutch, English and French trappers as well as the American longhunter and the American mountain man.  His program will include examples of clothing, equipment and skills of the people who opened the way for the westward expansion of the United States.
      Ray Glazner was born and raised in West Central New Jersey in an area inhabited by the Lenape Indians for centuries.  The U.S. Continental Troops also spent two winters there and as a result, artifacts were always being found.  His personal history includes a wide variety of experiences such as: he spent 65 years in the Boy Scouts and became an Eagle Scout; he was adopted by a Navajo family from the Navajo Reservation; he holds a BA with a double major in Social Science and Language Arts, and a MA in History; he taught Air Force Survival School; he was a consultant to the Smithsonian Monthly; he has served as an elected town official; and he has mined gold in New Mexico among many other things.  Mr. Glazner is a published author, loves to read and maintains a 6,000 volume research library.  Ray resides with his wife in Wausau, WI and maintains a full schedule of talking engagements and re-enacting activities.
     The program is part of the Rock River Archeology Society scheduled presenters and welcomes the public to all of its programs.  Refreshments are enjoyed after the program which is FREE to the general public.  For more information one may call Julie Flemming at 920-928-6094 or email julieflemming@yahoo.com.   


Upcoming Events!

Bunny Berigan Jazz Jubilee
 Honoring that great trumpet player, Bunny!
 Friday – Sunday, May 13 – 15, 2016
Fox Lake, Wisconsin


 Featuring:

 Bob Schulz& his Mid-West All Stars
  • St. Louis Stompers  led by Steve Lilley
  • Kaye Berigan 5Tet
  • Monday Morning Dixie Band
  • Matt Miller Jazz Trio
The “Jubilee Weekend” offers a floor for dancing,  hand created jazz jewelry, hand created sewn items, scholarship presentation, graveside service at Bunny’s grave, the Triangle Jazz store, Sunday morning worship service, education program about Bunny, wonderful food and the best jazz artists of the nation in a beautiful setting of “small town” Wisconsin.  Dixieland and “smooth jazz” offered for everyone’s listening pleasure.
Tickets can be ordered on line at bunnyberiganjazzjubilee.com or call Julie Flemming at 1-920-928-6094 for tickets and information.
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Badger State Archeological Society of Wisconsin’s Upcoming Show:  
Elkhart Lake Show
June 12, 2016, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Henschel Museum 8661 Holstein Road
Contact:Gary Henschel (920) 876-3193

Special Thanks to Don and Glen for their January and February presentations.  RRAS appreciates you both!


Rock River Archeological Society 2016  Program Schedule
March 16            Gary Henschel – “Henschel Site”        
April   20             Ray Glazner   “The Fur Trade (1600-1840)”  
May                     Archeology tour, TBA
September 21   Dwight Weisner
October 8 & 9    Archeology Weekend
November 16    Ice Age Trail
December 14     Annual Archeology Road Show


*Important Newsletter Update!
Rock River Archeological Society newsletters will be sent on a bi-monthly basis.  Look for your next newsletter in September.

A Note From Jack Steinbring

The following is an excerpt from a letter written to one of our members from Jack Steinbring.  We can hopefully help Jack to find some helpers this summer.  What a great opportunity!
If there are any Rock River members who have some excavating experience,


there will be an opportunity for them this year at (the) Hensler (site).  This will be my last field season there and I would like to see a little bigger crew so that we can open one or two extra units.  We dig every Sunday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00-3:30.  This site is in the Michels Quarry at Waterloo, just off Hwy 19 east of town.  Let me know if there is anyone who might wish to participate.  
We now have a hard date of 10,340 B.P. for aboriginal engraving at the site.  This makes it the 2nd oldest rock art site in America.  
Movie Recommendation

The Revenant-Rated R, 156 minutes long.

A movie presently out about an explorer, Hugh Glass and hunter in the American wilderness of the 19th century.  Left for dead by his companions after being brutally attacked by a bear, he strives to survive.  Glass endures unimaginable grief as well as the betrayal of his confidant John Fitzgerald.  Guided by sheer will and the love of his family, Glass must navigate a vicious winter in a relentless pursuit to live and find redemption.  It is a true story and tells the tale of his seeking revenge.  

Playing in theaters now and recommended by Ray Glazner.  

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Friday, January 8, 2016

January 2016 Newsletter

Rock River Archeological Society



January 2016 vol. 16 no. 1


Rock River was a beautiful country. I loved my towns, my cornfields, and the home of my people. I fought for it. It is now yours. Keep it as we did.
- Chief Black Hawk
 
 
 
 
Greetings from the President
 



   Our new year starts for Rock River Archeological Society on Jan. 20th when Glen Oeschner does a program on the Atlatl.  We all might remember that Glen and his side-kick are on hand to teach young and old how to use this spear-thrower at our Fall two day event.

    Also, a reminder that our newsletter will now come to you every-other month.  You will be sure to want to make a note that Don Gehrke will be talking about "Marker Trees" on February 17, 2016.

    January will be the last month to order your T-Shirt and now we offer lots of colors.  The order blank can be found in this newsletter and you can pay when you order or when you receive your T-Shirt.  I am looking forward to wearing my "pink" one on January 20th.

    Everyone is encouraged to bring a "friend" to the programs.  Lots happens at every meeting and all who come find a "friend".




Julie Flemming
 
 

January 20th Program: The Atlatl

Presented by Glen Oeschner
 

Glen Oeschner of Campbells Port will be doing a program on the atlatl for the Rock River Archaeological Society on January 20, 2016 at 7:00 PM. Glen is very interested in the Atlatl and its history. He will talk about

and demonstrate (what is possible to do



 

indoors) this Stone Age artefact that is used as a hunting weapon and requires skill rather than muscle power alone. A definition of the Atlatl is "a tool that uses leverage to achieve greater velocity in dart-throwing, and includes a bearing surface which allows the user to store energy during the throw." A spear-thrower is a long-range weapon and can readily impart to a projectile speed of over 93 mph.



This is a program that all will find interesting. Members of the Rock River Archaeological Society are encouraged to bring a friend.

   
 
 
 

 
 
December Meeting Re-Cap: A Night at the Archeology Road Show


 Rock River Archeology would like to thank everyone who attended and participated in our December Archeology Road Show and pot luck holiday extravaganza! It was educational, fun, and yummy, too! We saw everything from collector marbles and Horicon Marsh history to ancient artifacts


and mystery items. Afterward, presenters shared a closer look at their treasures, while steaming crock pots of beans, BBQ and a hot holiday cider wafted enticing aromas from the gathering area. ! Thanks to everyone who contributed the yummy treats and drinks! Make sure to start looking for that special treasure for our next annual road show next December. You never know what you may find


RRAS T-Shirt Fundraiser



We’re taking orders again for t-shirts through January 30th, 2016. Don’t forget to order this month before you miss your chance! We now have additional color choices. Order forms will be available at our upcoming January meeting. Orders need to be placed by the end of the month to ensure enough time for printing. That way t-shirts may be picked up at the next month’s meeting. Your order can be placed at our meetings, or you may mail your order form and check made out to RRAS to the following address:




Rock River Archeological Society

N7725 Hwy 28

Horicon, WI 53032

T-shirts are 100% cotton pre-shrunk, jersey knit. Sizes include XS through 5X. Shirts are $15.00 for XS-XL. Shirts are $16.50 for 2X-5X. The t-shirts have the RRAS logo on the front, with Have "mounds" of fun with RRAS on the back. Available choices are:
Teal with white ink
Grey with black ink
Navy with white ink
Red with black ink
Pink with black ink
Black with white ink
Yellow with black ink


Thank you for your order which helps support RRAS programs and events.




Rock River Archeological Society 2015-16 Program Schedule


January  20       Glen Oeschner, "The Atlatl"

February 17       Don Gehrke - "Marker Trees"

March 16       Gary Henschel – "Henschel Site"        

April   20       Ray Glazner   "The Fur Trade (1600-1840)"  

May                     Archeology tour, TBA

A Farewell Note from our Secretary

Bonnie Katzman




Seventeen years ago Bill Volkert sent out a news release asking anyone interested to attend an initial meeting to help organize an archeology group. He presented an outline stating his goals and ideas. I became a member of the bylaws committee along with seven others. The bylaws were drawn up, accepted, and RRAS chosen as the name of this new organization. Little did I know then that I would be treasurer until now. Throughout that time, I’ve been fortunate to meet and work with a wonderful group of people, members like you, whose continued efforts have made RRAS what it is today. It’s like having an extended family. I look forward to our future meetings and all the interesting contributions our members so willingly share.

 Thank you to Rose Rentmeester who agreed to become the next treasurer. I have no doubt she will do a fantastic job. Thanks also to Catherine Salapa who filled in for me on several occasions and to both she and Jayne for choosing my wonderful gifts from RRAS (a shelf, 2 necklaces, two leather pouches, a box decorated with wolves and several beautiful stones). You certainly know my interests.

 RRAS is successful because of the dedicated members we have now, and have had, throughout the years. Without you we could not continue to thrive.

 All your kindness and support have been greatly appreciated.

 



Thanks Catherine!


 Catherine Salapa has served as a board member and over the years has contributed a great deal to RRAS. She has unselfishly devoted many hours to help our society grow. Some of the many things that can be attributed to her work for us are: finding many of the speakers not only for our meetings, but also for our weekend, contacting all the vendors to help expand our weekend, contributing food, money, and all the paper plates and napkins we have been using for several years,

providing most of the door prizes each year at our December road show, helping to write up our newsletters, and much more. Although she prefers to do all this anonymously it is time to say thanks. She has decided to give up the board position and has asked Bonnie to complete it for her. She will

continue to help RRAS out, but would like some extra time to pursue her artistic talents.

A big thank you from all of us at RRAS!
 

 

*Important Newsletter Update!

Rock River Archeological Society newsletters will be sent on a bi-monthly basis beginning this month, January 2016. Look for your next newsletter in March.




February Speaker, Don Gehrke "Marker Trees" What else did these trees communicate to people as they passed by them? Don has spent much time on land around the Horicon Marsh and on the Rock River. He was intrigued by certain older trees that stood out from other trees by their shape and location. The 3rd removal of the Native Americans from the Horicon area happened



in 1880. Some of the Marker trees are over 200 years old that are still around the Horicon Marsh. One tree is still in the City of Horicon. The Native Americans understood tree-talk. What the tree is about and the placement. Marks were left by the surveyors and the early pioneers on trees in this area. Even people today plant trees in their yards in honor of a family member that has passed on. Don has found more information through reading books about Marker trees. Also from land owners that have Marker trees on their property. He will have pictures of local Marker trees and share info about them.

Join the Rock River Archeological Society on Wednesday, February 17, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. at the Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center, lower level for Don’s presentation.
 



 

Board of Directors:


 


President Julie Flemming

Vice-President Jayne Schuett

Treasurer Rose Rentmeister

Secretary John Brusoe

Directors Don Gehrke
Pearl Gehrke
Bonnie Katzman
Liz Herzmann

 


Rock River was a beautiful country. I loved my towns, my cornfields, and the home of my people. I fought for it. It is now yours. Keep it as we did.
- Chief Black Hawk
 


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N7725 Hwy. 28

Horicon, WI 53032




 
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Sunday, November 29, 2015

December 2015 Newsletter

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                               December vol. 15  no. 12
Rock River was a beautiful country. I loved my towns, my cornfields, and the home of my people.  I fought for it.  It is now yours.  Keep it as we did.
                                                                                        - Chief Black Hawk


    November Meeting Re-Cap:
David Mickelson

RRAS meetings often include experts who speak about archeology and the early people of Wisconsin, but not often do we hear how the landscapes these people used came to be.  Our November meeting featured David Mickelson of UW Madison and his knowledge of Wisconsin’s formation and changes through the years.  
David began his talk and slide show way back in the beginning.  It was fascinating to learn that long ago, Wisconsin was below the equator and facing in another direction!  These conditions helped to leave behind some of the sand and other materials that would later form our great state.  We learned of the mountain ranges that once called Wisconsin home 2.8 billion years ago, and how rocks we see here were formed, such as the Baraboo Quartzite around Devil’s Lake that formed from the heating of sand from tropical seas that once covered the area.  David explained how some of the fossils we find in Wisconsin were formed, and the strange sea creatures that left them behind.  
Perhaps the most fascinating part of David’s speech was the great detail he went into about how  glaciers in Wisconsin changed and formed the state as we know it today.  The picking up of rocks, sand and other materials (erratics) on the bottom of glaciers that then scraped and carved such land features as eskers, kettles, drumlins and many other geological features was amazing.  As these great ice sheets advanced, people could travel across oceans and other bodies of water to enter North America  and as the glaciers finally retreated, the Paleo Indian people hunted and lived across the landscape.   
After David’s talk, he signed copies of his book,

Geology of the Ice Age National Scenic Trail.  RRAS thanks David for his interesting talk and the knowledge he shared with us all.  

Annual Archeology Road Show Is Coming on December 9th!
Check out these tall tools from our 2014 Road Show!
Are Mom’s Mayan mugs muddling up your mud room?  Have Pop’s paintings been making you ponder?   Did Uncle Frank fall into a fishing lure frenzy?  Then it’s time to grab it and bring it to the Archeology Road Show!
    Each December, RRAS hosts a fun and interactive road show event.  Unlike a similarly named event on TV, this isn’t an appraisal, but a chance to show off and learn about the interesting things we have hidden in our houses!  Everyone in attendance is welcome to bring one or two items or collections of items to share.  One at a time, participants come to the front of the room to show and talk about their item.  If you’re not sure what it is, our audience of experts will try to help you figure out what you have and what it was used for in the past.  Some ideas include ancient stone tools, military relics, jewelry, farm tools,
or anything else that is old and interesting (but not including Grandpa Gus!)


We usually have at least one mystery item that is tough to figure out, so please bring your expertise and come down to the show!
    After the road show we feature delicious pot luck for everyone in attendance to enjoy.  Please bring a dish or snack to share, and join in the festivities!  The road show will be held on Wednesday, December 9th at 7:00 p.m. in the lower level of the Horicon Marsh Visitor Center on Highway 28 between Mayville and Horicon.  Our meetings are free and open to the public.  
    Don’t forget to dig out those dusty dolls and cobweb covered candlesticks and bring them down to the Rock River Road Show!   

Road Show 2014

RRAS T-Shirt Fundraiser

We’re taking orders again for t-shirts through January 30th, 2016.  We now have additional color choices.  Order forms will be available at the monthly meetings and included in the December and January
newsletters.  Orders need to be placed by the end of each month to ensure enough time for printing.  That way t-shirts may be picked up at the next month’s meeting.  Your order can be placed at our meetings,
or you may mail your order form and check made out to RRAS at the following address:
   


Rock River Archeological Society
    N7725 Hwy 28
    Horicon, WI 53032
T-shirts are 100% cotton pre-shrunk, jersey knit.  Sizes include XS through 5X.  Shirts are $15.00 for XS-XL.  Shirts are $16.50 for 2X-5X.  The t-shirts have the RRAS logo on the front, with Have “mounds” of fun with RRAS on the back.  Available choices are:
  • Teal with white ink
  • Grey with black ink
  • Navy with white ink
  • Red with black ink
  • Pink with black ink
  • Black with white ink
  • Yellow with black ink
Thank you for your order which helps support RRAS programs and events.

Upcoming Events:

Horicon Historical Society’s Satterlee Clark  Christmas Open House, Saturday, December 5th and Sunday, December 6th
Please see their Facebook page for more information.

Rock River Archeological Society 2015-16 Program Schedule
December  9       Annual “Road Show” (Members and visitors bring in an interesting, strange, or unknown artifact/item to share with attendees) See article above.                  
January  20         Kurt Sampson – “ Indian Mounds of Rock      Lake,WI – Myth, Legend and Fact”
February 17       Don Gehrke - “Marker Trees”
March 16            Gary Henschel – “Henschel Site”        
April   20             Ray Glazner   “The Fur Trade (1600-1840)”  
May                     Archeology tour

*Important Newsletter Update!
Rock River Archeological Society newsletters will be sent on a bi-monthly basis beginning in January 2016.