Thursday May 2nd, 2024 at 6:30 p.m.

Matheson Memorial Library, Elkhorn WI

Join the Matheson Memorial Library and the Walworth County Historical Society for a fascinating program on the innovative ways Wisconsin First Peoples utilized their environment. UW Madison Anthropology Professor Sissel Schroeder and Wisconsin Historical State Marine Archeologist Tamara Thomson will give a fascinating talk on the Wisconsin Dugout Canoe Survey Project and highlight the dugout canoe found in Geneva Lake in 1929.
The dugout canoe which was found on the shores of Geneva Lake in Fontana is in the possession of the Walworth County Historical Society and is available for viewing.
The Wisconsin Dugout Canoe Survey Project highlights the persistence of cultural traditions and technological ingenuity. It embodies the Wisconsin Idea by engaging local and national museums, historical societies, and tribal museums in this project that is documenting an important yet relatively rare form of material culture.
Professor Schroeder is an affiliate of the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, the Center for Culture, History, and the Environment, the American Indian and Indigenous Studies Program, and the Material Culture Studies Program. Her current research is focused on issues of sociopolitical complexity, climate change impacts, and historical ecology among ancient Native American societies of the southeastern and midwestern United States.
This free program will be held in the Matheson Library’s Community Center.