The Center for Lifelong Learning at Central Lakes College has scheduled a program April 10 featuring Park Naturalist-Archaeologist Jim Cummings in a 7 p.m. look at Minnesota’s Preserved Past. “Archaeology Close to Home: Minnesota’s Ancient Past Preserved in our State Parks” by Cummings is scheduled for E203 of the B & I Center at CLC. Cummings will begin with an overview of Minnesota archaeology, including some fascinating recent finds, and what has been learned from the application of new scientific tests and research technology.He will also discuss archaeological excavations at state parks near Brainerd, including Crow Wing, Charles A. Lindbergh, Father Hennepin and Mille Lacs Kathio, and a recent discovery of an ancient “earth oven,” the first of its kind to be uncovered in Minnesota.
Cummings is primarily stationed at Mille Lacs Kathio State Park, where he directs the public education aspects of park operations, monitors natural and cultural resources and conducts archaeological research. He also works as an archaeologist with the Minnesota State Parks and Trails Cultural Resource Management program, conducting archaeological surveys and excavations in state parks across Minnesota.
Admission is $5 for non-members but free for those with a Center for Lifelong Learning membership. Pre-registration is recommended and can be made by calling Bev at (218) 855-8118.
For information on The Center for Lifelong Learning: www.clcmn.edu/lifelonglearning.