Wickliffe Mounds celebrates end of Archaeology month
Kelly Paul, AY Editor
Wickliffe - In celebrating the end of Kentucky’s Archaeology Month, Wickliffe Mounds State Historic Site featured special exhibits about archaeology and the importance of preserving sites this past Saturday.
The park hosted an open house, and visitors were invited to view the museum exhibits and participate in a meeting calling for the formation of a Friends of Wickliffe Mounds group. The event was held in conjunction with the Smithsonian Institution’s Museum Free Day, and there was free admission to the site and museum.
Gil Lawson, Director with the Kentucky Tourism, Arts & Heritage Cabinet, and his son were two of the visitors to the park on Saturday. Lawson was visiting the campus of Murray State University as a potential college choice for his son and wanted to visit the KY Great River Road Region and the region’s two state parks during the Park Preservation Day at Columbus Belmont and Wickliffe Mounds.
Lawson wanted to help the region by visiting, first-hand, the amenities in the KY Great River Road.
Wickliffe Mounds is a registered Historic Site that has been open to the public since 1932. The important research conducted at Wickliffe Mounds has contributed significant information to the study of Mississippian culture, the science of archaeology and knowledge of Kentucky’s prehistory as well as providing educational resources for teachers, students, and site visitors. Wickliffe Mounds State Historic Site is operated by the Kentucky Department of Parks and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Wickliffe Mounds has valuable educational potential and is worthy of protection and preservation. A highlight of the sites’ history was the reburial of remains and restoration of the Mississippian burial mound in 2011.
Those who attended the meeting regarding the proposed Friends of Wickliffe Mounds group listened as park manager Carla Hildebrand explained the importance of advocating for the protection and future enhancement of Wickliffe Mounds. According to Hildebrand, 24 visitors joined the Friends group.
Once a list of interested Friends has been compiled, the group will have a formal meeting in October with Erin Wright, who is a Kentucky State Parks coordinator from Frankfort as a guest speaker to talk about the process for creating a Parks Friends group for Wickliffe Mounds.
129 people visited the park on Saturday much to the thanks of marketing done for the event by Kentucky Great River Road (KGRRO), whose focus is on promoting events in the counties located along Kentucky’s portion of the Great River Road.
If you are unable to stop by Sept. 28th, but are interested in joining the Friends group, please contact Carla Hildebrand at 270 335-3681 or (firstname.lastname@example.org.), and you will be added to the list.