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President:  Mike Mauer mikmauer@rocketmail.com
Vice President:  Kerry Bennett tk_Bennett@yahoo.com
Secretary:  Theresa Breza
Treasurer:  Ken Kosidlo kenkosidlo@aol.com



First Thursday of the month at 7:00 PM at the Castle Museum of Saginaw County History, 500 Federal Ave, Saginaw, MI.




Visitors are welcome.



Meeting Topics:


February 5, 2015: Rob Richardson: Fishing at the Rapids: Resource Procurement at the Draper Park Site (20SC40)


The Draper Park site (20SC40) is located in Port Huron, Michigan at the foot of Lake Huron and the mouth of the Saint Clair River. Excavations, here in the 1970s under the direction of Donald Weston, and in 2013 and 2014 by Rob Richardson and John Gram, have uncovered a seasonally occupied Late Woodland fishing station. The site is located on a glacial beach ridge, and adjacent to both the rapids at the mouth of the St. Clair River and a slow moving tributary creek. Numerous activity areas, storage and refuse pits, and hearths have been discovered. The majority of the ceramic assemblage belongs to the Wayne Tradition, although the Princess Point Tradition is also represented. This talk will focus on the fishing activity and will discuss the species exploited, seasonality, and fishing technologies used.





MAS dues are due. Dues may paid at the chapter meeting or online with PayPal at the MAS website (www.miarch.org). Forms will be available at chapter meetings or may be downloaded from the website.


MAS Calendars: There are a few MAS 2015 calendars remaining. These may be purchased in person at the chapter meeting for $10, or online at the MAS website for $12 (includes mailing).


February 22, 2015: MAS Board meeting. If you have an item for the agenda, please contact the chapter president, Mike Mauer.

Help Wanted: Due to very recent (December 2014) construction activity at the Fort Gratiot site (Pt. Huron, Michigan), some salvage work was performed by Richard Stamps, Bruce Hawkins and Rob Richardson. Over twenty dump truck loads of soil have been removed from the dry moat location. This material will need to be screened once the weather warms. If you would like to volunteer, please contact Rob Richardson at:

St. Clair County Community College

(810) 989-5613


Sanilac Petroglyphs presentation: There will be a presentation on the Sanilac Petroglyphs at the upcoming Historical Society of Michigan local history conference. The presentation is at 10:15 a.m., Friday, March 13, 2015, at the Best Western, 34911 Van Dyke Avenue, Sterling Heights, MI 48312.  Registration is required. Conference cost is $45 prior to March 3, $55 after. Late registration at the door will begin at 8 a.m. Telephone (517) 324-1828  Online registration is available. If you are interested in attending, please visit the website at: http://www.hsmichigan.org/conferences/local-history-conference/

Written in Stone: The Sanilac Petroglyphs

Dean Anderson, State Historic Preservation Office  Shannon Martin, Ziibiwing Center of Anishinabe Culture and Lifeways, Stacy Tchorzynski, Michigan Historical Center/State Historic Preservation Office

The Sanilac Petroglyphs are the largest collection of Native American rock carvings known in Michigan. Attendees will learn about the site through archaeological and tribal perspectives. The speakers will also reveal the current plans to preserve and interpret this important place.



Presentation DVDs:


Fellow Chapter Member Robert Hoppe had the forethought to record several programs from the late 1980s to early 1990s.  He has made them available for viewing on DVD by MAS members upon checkout at the Castle Museum.  Click here for a list of programs available.