Cahokia Mounds looking for new supporters
New members of museum society this month can win art, gift certificates and Native American pottery
COLLINSVILLE, Ill. – Anyone who joins the Cahokia Mounds Museum Society by September 30 will get a chance to win artwork and gift certificates as part of the society’s fall membership drive.
The society, which supports the work of the Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site, hopes to lift its membership above 1,000 for the first time in its history.
“Annual membership dues provide the society with a major source of unrestricted revenue that can cover day-to-day needs as well as pay for special projects at Cahokia Mounds, such as research, land acquisition, professional development and educational programs,” said Lori Belknap, executive director of the Cahokia Mounds Museum Society.
Cahokia Mounds, which has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, was once the heart of the sprawling Mississippian Culture. Thousands of people lived, traded and worshipped among the mounds.
The Museum Society is offering all new members, and current members who upgrade their status, an opportunity to win one of two signed prints of Bill Iseminger’s painting “Mighty Cahokia,” a $100 Gift Shop certificate or a hand-made serving dish signed by Native American artist Mel Cornshucker.
To become a member, join in the Cahokia Mounds Gift Shop, call 618-344-7316 or visit www.cahokiamounds.org.
Members receive the quarterly Cahokian newsletter, a 10% discount in the Museum Gift Shop and the opportunity to participate in the Summer Field School free of charge.
Founded in 1976, the Cahokia Mounds Museum Society’s mission is topromote the educational and scientific aspects of the historic site, and to support activities that preserve, develop or interpret Cahokia Mounds.
“CMMS members know they are part of a growing community of people who value the cultural preservation of this pivotal place in America’s history,” Belknap said.
Cahokia Mounds is just eight miles from St. Louis, in Collinsville, Illinois, off Interstates 55/70 (Exit 6) and I-255 (Exit 24) on Collinsville Road. For details and hours, call 618-346-5160 or go to www.cahokiamounds.org.
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