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The 10th Annual Midwest Historical Archaeology Conference

The conference takes place at:
Niles District Library
620 E Main St.
Niles, MI 49120

Western Michigan University is proud to announce the 10th annual Midwest Historical Archaeology Conference. 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.



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

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.

The first day will include:

The second day will consist of:

Call for papers, presentations and panels

Contributed papers, presentations and panels are being solicited from students and professionals to showcase effective ways to involve the public in the archaeological process. If you are interested in participating or presenting at the conference, please contact Michael S. Nassaney,, and attach a completed conference registration form.


Registration is now closed.


A block of rooms have been reserved at the Holiday Inn Express in Niles (Thursday night: $86; Friday, Saturday $119 per night). Reservations may be made online or by contacting the hotel at (269) 684-0300 (mention MHAC).