Members of the public can learn about archeology while working alongside experienced archeologists next month at the historic Kaw Mission at Council Grove.
The mission, completed in 1853, was designed to house 50 students, ages 6 to 17, from the Kaw nation. They were to study academic topics, farming, and Christianity, but the mission closed a year later, and the building was used for other purposes.
Kansas Historical Society archeologist Tricia Waggoner, who has been immersed in Kaw archeology, will direct next month’s training program, which will use archeology to learn more about this mission and its connections to the Kaw nation and the Santa Fe Trail.
Volunteers can attend for a few days or the entire 16 days June 3 through 17. Children must be at least 12 years old and accompanied by a responsible adult.
Registration costs $90 for non-members or $30 for members of the Kansas Historical Society or Kansas Anthropological Association. Lectures, a walking tour, and a collectors’ night also are planned.
More information is available at (785) 272-8681, ext. 240.