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Our 2020 calendar of events has changed in response to COVID-19 and Illinois’ Stay-at-Home Order.  Please join us for our Facebook Live events in April and check back often as we move forward with a new schedule.

October 2020

Discover Wapello ~ A Discussion with Archaeologist Phil Millhouse, PhD

JDCF will be Live on Facebook with special guest and renowned archaeologist, Phil Millhouse, PhD, at the Wapello Land & Water Reserve, the site of his doctoral field work in 2005. Phil will talk about his initial findings, which contributed to Wapello being placed on the National Register of Historic Places due to its cultural significance, as well as other discoveries he and fellow colleagues have made more recently.  This Facebook Live event will be part of a larger 4 day fundraiser for JDCF called Daring to Inspire. We are asking you to help us inspire a new generation of conservationists through your generous support.

Phil will be joined by JDCF Executive Director, Steve Barg, who will share plans for a proposed Discovery Center at Wapello, a unique collaboration between JDCF and Native American tribal partners who trace their ancestry to NW Illinois. It is known that the broad terraces of Wapello, which is nestled along the Apple River near present-day Hanover, IL have been home to people for more than 11,000 years, as confirmed by artifacts found there: hearths, storage pits, and house remains, along with burial and effigy mounds. The Discovery Center will be a place where these first peoples’ stories can be told by their descendants, both through exhibits and experiences on the land.

To conclude the event, Phil will be presented with the Nancy Hamill Winter Conservation Leadership Award in recognition of his long-standing work with JDCF in preserving, protecting, stewarding, and interpreting Native American heritage sites in Jo Davies County. Phil’s passion for cultural resource preservation combined with his guidance within our work have been instrumental in making JDCF one of a handful of land trusts in the country who actively protect Native American heritage sites as part of their mission. Tune in and help us give Phil a virtual round of applause!

We thank the Apple River State Bank/First Community Bank of Galena for sponsoring our Facebook Live series.

Meet the Members of GALE ~ A Facebook Live Event

We will be Live from the worksite at Horseshoe Mound with members of the Galena Area Land Enthusiasts (GALE), a volunteer group that has been helping our stewardship staff with field work since 2012.  This group of not-so-young guys and gals work year round in all weather conditions battling invasive species, assisting with prescribed burns, planting native trees and plants, and helping with any other projects that come along.  The thousands and thousands of hours they have contributed to JDCF have helped make community-favorite preserves, such as Gateway Park and Horseshoe Mound, the beautiful places they are today.  Tune in to meet this amazing group!

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