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The 10th Annual Midwest Historical Archaeology Conference

This two-day conference will focus on the managing of archaeological resources as well as the future of the Fort St. Joseph Archaeological Project.

Archaeology Internship

The Department of Anthropology at WMU and the Fort St. Joseph Museum in Niles invite applications for a paid internship ($2000) during the 2014-15 academic year. The Fort St. Joseph intern will have the opportunity to:

*contribute to an ongoing public archaeology program focused on the historical archaeology of Fort St. Joseph, an 18th century mission-garrison-trading post in Niles, MI

*work with Carol Bainbridge, the Museum Director, and the Fort St. Joseph Archaeology Advisory Committee to develop initiatives that heighten the profile of Fort St. Joseph in the community

*assist Michael Nassaney, Principal Investigator of the Fort St. Joseph Archaeological Project, with processing materials from the 2013 field season and making preparations for 2015

* engage in community outreach and education as needed

*assist in preparing promotional materials, a strategic plan based on the Niles conference (MHAC10), and the annual newsletter, the Fort St. Joseph Post

Students will be expected to devote about 6-8 hours/week on the internship from September 2014 through May 2015. Compensation will be paid in four installments of $500 in November, January, March, and May.

Qualified candidates should be currently enrolled students at Western Michigan University. Preference will be given to applicants who can work with the public, articulate the needs and goals of the project, and demonstrate a willingness to engage with the Niles community. Applicants with current or proposed interest in the historical archaeology of the fort will be given preference.

Interested students should submit a letter of application and a current cv with the names of at least two references to Dr. Michael Nassaney ( by September 10, 2014 for an appointment to begin September 15.


The Fort St. Joseph Post

Recent news about the ongoing research, projects and alumni of Fort St. Joseph.

Militia Muster at Fort St. Joseph

See how living history re-enactors have interpreted a militia muster and how they can provide a better understanding of our colonial past. 

Video Documentary Militia Muster at Fort St. Joseph

Watch the 2013 Aurora Award winner "Militia Muster at Fort St. Joesph" documentary video.  For two days, footage was collected and interviews conducted with immersion interpreters and re-enactors at the archaeology site in Niles, Michigan.  Topics cover the muster roll-call, colonial recreational activities, frontier life as experienced by women, and the 18th century artifacts uncovered by the WMU archaeological field school, providing insight into the lives of French, British and native inhabitants of this historically important site on the eve of the revolution.

Reclaiming French Heritage at Fort St. Joseph in Niles, Michigan

The Encyclopedia of French Cultural Heritage in North America explains why Fort St. Joseph was one of the most important eighteenth-century frontier outposts in the western Great Lakes region.

Public Archaeology at Fort St. Joseph Video

See how University students and the community benefit from archaeology at Fort St. Joseph.