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The 10th Annual Midwest Historical Archaeology Conference

Western Michigan University is proud to announce the 10th annual Midwest Historical Archaeology Conference on September 26 & 27, 2014. The two-day conference organized by the Fort St. Joseph Archaeological Project, a partnership between WMU and the City of Niles, MI, will focus on the managing of archaeological resources as well as the future of the Fort St. Joseph Archaeological Project.

As community archaeology has expanded over the past decade to involve various stakeholders who have a vested interest in the material remains of the past, it has become incumbent on archaeologists, historic preservationists, economic development experts, planners, educators and community members to think about ways to manage archaeological resources in the interests of broad and varied constituencies. There is a global challenge to the “authorized heritage discourse” as communities and non-professionals are becoming increasingly involved in deciding which sites matter and to whom, which sites to preserve, and why and how.

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Conference activities

This conference provides an opportunity for participants to examine the relationship between archaeology and heritage management in the Midwest and contribute ideas on how to best present Fort St. Joseph to the public as a cultural heritage tourism destination.

Friday, Sept. 26: The Future of the Past at Fort St. Joseph, Niles, Michigan includes:

Saturday, Sept. 27: Managing Archaeological Heritage in the 21st Century includes:

The following readings will provide attendees with some background on the activities of the Fort St. Joseph Archaeological Project in preparation for participation at the conference. By reviewing these articles you will be ready to engage in meaningful discussion on the future of the past at Fort St. Joseph.

Public Involvement Article
Decolonizing Article
2013 Fort St. Joseph Annual Report
Native American-French Interactions
Fort St. Joseph Entry
Conference Perspectus
Enhancing Public Archaeology

Conference Final Program


The conference will take place at the Niles District Library at 620 E Main St, Niles, Mich.


There is no charge to attend the conference, but registration is required. There are three ways to register.

  1. Complete the online form. If you choose to purchase lunch, you may pay via credit card.
  2. Complete the pdf PDF registration form and fax to (269) 387-3970 (if you choose not to order lunch). If you choose to purchase lunch, you may pay via check and mail to the address on the registration form.
  3. Complete the Word Microsoft Word registration form and fax to (269) 387-3970 or return via email to This option may be used if you do not wish to order lunch.