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Annual Fall Symposium

Saving the Past for the Future: Archaeology and Preservation in Missouri

In conjunction with Missouri Archaeology Month, the Annual Fall Symposium is held in various locations around Missouri and consists of scientific presentations about archaeology.

Fall Symposium 2018: The Journey of Schoolcraft

The MAS Fall Symposium will be on Saturday, September 22 in West Plains in conjunction with the larger Ozarks Studies Symposium (September 20–22). This annual event is sponsored by the Ozarks Studies Committee of Missouri State University-West Plains and will be at the West Plains Civic Center. This three-day event is free and open to the public and does not require pre-registration. 

In honor of the bicentennial of the 1818–1819 journey of Henry Rowe Schoolcraft and Levi Pettibone through Missouri and Arkansas, the 2018 Archaeology Month theme will be The Journey of Schoolcraft. Our symposium will be on Saturday morning and will have four to five presentations. 

MAS members are invited to come by the Wages Brewing Company in West Plains on Friday evening, September 21 for an informal gathering for music, food, and drinks.

Presentations will be from 9 to noon on Saturday, September 22. Presentation topics will feature efforts to recreate Schoolcraft's route relative to the current landscape, as well as the archaeology of places he visited, such as Osage sites in southwest Missouri and Smallin Cave. 

The presentations will be followed by a catered lunch by Bootlegger's BBQ at the Civic Center. Lunch will include BBQ pork, rolls, mashed potatoes, cole slaw, cobbler, and a drink for $12. 

Following lunch, attendees will join in a narrated guided tour of historical buildings and sites in West Plains, ending with a guided docent tour of the Harlin Museum, described as "a cultural center telling the story of the Ozarks through art and history." 

Although an RSVP is not required for the Ozarks Studies Symposium, pre-registration is required for those joining the MAS for lunch and/or the field trip; an R.s.v.p. is requested for those attending the presentations only. R.s.v.p. to 417-836-3773 or

Registration packets will be mailed to all members and are also available here.

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