Archaeological Institute hosts War of 1812 presentation

Staff Report

The Rockford Society of the Archaeological Institute of America will be holding a free multi-media presentation on archaeology on Tuesday, January 26 at 7:30 p.m. at the Burpee Museum of Natural History, 737 North Main St.

The topic of this presentation will be The War of 1812 and Rediscovery of Illinois’ Military Fort on the Mississippi River and will feature guest speaker Mark C. Branstner, M.A., Senior Historical Archaeologist-Retired, Illinois State Archaeological Survey. Branstner is a retired Senior Historical Archaeologist with the Illinois State Archaeological Survey and Prairie Research Institute, University of Illinois at Urbana.

Branstner’s presentation will cover the archaeology of Illinois’ Military Fort of 1814 which was rediscovered near Warsaw, Illinois. Branstner will present recent site research with a focus on rediscovered historical objects.

The public is invited to a free reception held immediately following the presentation. Burpee Museum is handicapped accessible and offers free parking, additional free parking is also available next door at the Riverfront Museum Park, 711 N. Main Street. The Rockford Society provides additional information on lectures, events, trips, and archaeological topics on the web at

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