Monday, July 12, 2010
La Crosse, WI
The drive through Wisconsin was beautiful, espcially as I headed west after Tomah on I-90. The Coulee region (valley) was a lush emerald green because of all the recent rain. The seminar started today, July 12th. There are 25 teachers from 14 states. Some came from as far away as California, Texas, North Carolina, Lousianna, and Oklahoma in addition to the Midwest. La Crosse was home to numerous villages of the Oneota cultures until AD 1625. The first written accounts began 350 years ago when French explorers and the missionaries came. The Oneotas were subsistence farmers during the growing season and then went west to hunt bison during the winter. La Crosse continues to be an ideal building spot because of the Mississippi River, the protection between the bluffs, and the flat flood plain's rich soil. This week we will study archaeology,anthropology, the Driftless Area and the Upper Mississippi Valley, the Amish, and go on an excavation at the Cade Archaeology District in the Bad Axe Valley. We will be visiting an Amish community. Did you know Amish children don't learn English before they start school? Please let me know any questions you have.