SIU's Field School Unearths Forgotten History

Jul 9, 2019
Amelia Blakely

WSIU's Amelia Blakely reports from Southern Illinois Univesrity Carbondale's field school at Fort Kaskaskia near Chester, Illinois. This is the third year the six-week field school has taken place. The school is ran by SIU's Center for Archeological Investigations and led by SIUC Anthropology Professor Mark Wagner. 

The Illinois Constitution was first signed 200 years ago this Sunday, August 26th.

Stuart Lane, executive director of the governor's office of the Illinois Bicentennial says there will be a lot to see.

Kaskaskia: The Original Illinois Capital

Apr 2, 2018
Photograph taken at the Randolph County Archives and Museum, January 2018.
WSIU/Kevin Boucher

Kaskaskia Illinois, across the river from Chester, is in Randolph County.  The Village has a historical place in the state because it was the state's first Capital.

Illinois Historic Preservation Agency

As Illinois begins its Bicentennial countdown Saturday, the co-chair of the bicentennial committee says the celebration of Illinois offers unique opportunities in this part of the state.

The village that became Illinois' first capitol will use July 4th to celebrate the Declaration of Independence and the community's capture from British forces during the American Revolution.

The Illinois Historic Preservation Agency says Kaskaskia will mark the day with a rifle volley by historic interpreters, lunch and other events.