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“Prehistoric Cultures of the Tri-State Area”

Event Details

February 24, 2013 1:00 PM — February 24, 2013 2:30 PM
Location: E. B. Lyons Interpretive Center
Contact Name: Wayne Buchholtz
Email: Wayne Buchholtz@dnr.iowa.gov
Phone: 563-556-0620

Event Description


The Mines of Spain Recreation Area will present a program “Prehistoric Cultures of the Tri-State Area”  with Richard Vorwald of Dubuque on February 24. He will present an Archeological Timeline of Native Americans in the Dubuque area.  Artifacts collected by Dale Walburn will be used to track history from 500 to 12,000 years ago.  Dale Walburn was a local historian and collector.  He shared his findings over the years and taught himself how to make representative tools that Native Americans used.  Vorwald will present a program about the tools that were used, by whom and at what time in history.   Examples of pottery, projectile points, and other artifacts that were made by Native Peoples will be on display and shown. What do these artifacts tell us about people’s lives during the Woodland and other Time Periods will be shared.  Richard will have examples of spear points, bow, arrows, atlatl, made by a person who practiced primitive skills. The contributions that Amateur Artifact Collectors and Primitive Way Practitioners can make to the archaeological understanding of cultures that no longer exist will be discussed.  The program will be held at the E. B. Lyons Interpretive Center at 1:00 pm on February 24, 2013. The center is located at 8991 Bellevue Heights, south of Dubuque.   While the program is being held in the centers auditorium, a children’s program will be held on a similar topic in the lower level.   Come to the free program, visit the centers exhibits on the parks history and natural resources.  Come early or stay late and hike some of the parks 22 miles of trails. For more information contact Park Staff at 563-556-0620 or go to www.minesofspain.org for more opportunities at the Mines of Spain Recreation Area 

This event is part of the Winter Program series.  The presentation will be held in the Auditorium and there will be a related activity for children in the lower level.  The winter programs will start at 1pm and usually last about an hour.  The center will be open from 12:30p to 3:30pm on Winter Program Sundays, 2nd and 4th Sunday of January, February, and March! Visitors can tour the center, view the animals, and access the exhibits and gift shop during open hours! Trails are open 4am – 10:30pm.  Visit and ask staff for a trail suggestion!