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33rd Annual Kentucky Heritage Council Archaeology Conference Call for Papers and Posters

The 33rd Annual Kentucky Heritage Council Archaeology Conference will be hosted in partnership with the Kentucky Organization of Professional Archaeologists and Kentucky Archaeological Survey at Pine Mountain State Resort Park near Pineville, Kentucky, March 11-13, 2016. In honor of the 50th anniversary of the passage of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA), much of this year’s conference will be devoted to celebrating the impacts of this significant event in Kentucky Archaeology. For those who wish to present, please complete the 2016 KHC Archaeology Conference_call for presenters form and submit no later than January 31, 2016 via email to Kary Stackelbeck (kary.stackelbeck@ky.gov).

Update on the Illinois State Museum Closure

Dear SAA Member:

As many of you are aware, the Illinois State Museum, which includes the Dickson Mounds Archaeological Site, is scheduled to close September 30. The museum will lay off all but three employees, and there will be no access to any of its collections. SAA has been working with preservationists and museum groups to oppose the closure, and we would like to update you on our efforts. On July 9, SAA submitted written testimony opposing the closure to the Illinois Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability. You can read our testimony here. We shared that testimony on both the SAA Facebook page (see the post here) and Twitter account (see the tweet here). Prior to submitting our testimony, we alerted membership to the potential closure via a Facebook post that outlined where to find news and how to add your voice to the opposition. To add your support, please “like” the Save the Illinois State Museum Facebook page and sign the MoveOn petition. The old adage stills holds true: there is strength in numbers. SAA members based in Illinois received an update from Government Affairs encouraging them to write to Governor Rauner to oppose the closing and providing a sample letter for their use. In addition, I wrote a Letter to the Editor opposing the closure that appeared in the Chicago Tribune, Illinois’ top daily newspaper, on September 8. We will continue to work with our Illinois membership and cultural resources partners until all avenues have been exhausted. We are also continuing to track Illinois State Bill 0317, which would prevent Governor Rauner from closing the museum and its satellite sites. Look for more updates as events unfold.

Yours truly,

Diane Gifford-Gonzalez President

The Possible Closing of Illinois State Museums and their Facilities

The Illinois Association for Advancement of Archaeology (IAAA) would like to provide you with the following information. The future of the Illinois State Museum has been put in a precarious position due to the dispute over the state’s budget. The Governor has stated that, should there be a failure to put a balanced budget in place by July 1, the museums in Springfield and… other locations (including Dickson Mounds, Lockport etc.) would be closed. News reports discussing this topic are here:

http://chicago.suntimes.com/news/7/71/656741/rauner-orders-cuts

http://www.sj-r.com/article/20150610/NEWS/150619927

If you wish to voice your opinion on this issue, one option would be the petition provided here. A link to this petition will also be available soon on the ECIAS Facebook page.

http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/governor-rauner-dont

https://www.facebook.com/pages/East-Central-Illinois-Archaeological-Society/1421250221465043?fref=nf

This petition is provided by MoveOn.org, a public policy advocacy group and political action committee, described here:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MoveOn.org

Other options for expressing your opinion would be to write or communicate directly with key state officials, including the Governor, your state senator, and/or your state representative. We encourage you to express your own views through the channels you deem most appropriate. Thank you for your consideration of this subject. If you have any questions, please email ECIAS President Fred Christensen at fchriste@illinois.edu or Secretary Holly Labisky at BootHHL12@aol.com.