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Public forum addresses research at Fort St. Joseph

April 14, 2007

KALAMAZOO--Western Michigan University's Department of Anthropology and the city of Niles, Mich., will host a free public forum to discuss current excavations and research at historic Fort St. Joseph.

"Fort St. Joseph: Archaeology and History in Your Backyard" will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 21, at the Fort St. Joseph Museum, 508 E. Main Street in Niles. The forum will allow community members to share personal knowledge about the fort and other archaeologically significant sites in the area and to bring artifacts for WMU graduate students to examine. A video and slides of the 2006 field school will be shown, and students will display artifacts from the site.

"This project is about more than just the existing Fort St. Joseph site," says lead archaeologist Dr. Michael Nassaney, a WMU professor of anthropology. "It's about the community, its experiences and findings and eventually about the direction the fort will take. The fort has the potential to be a regional, if not a national, draw for those interested in history and archaeology in the southwest Michigan area."

For more information, call WMU's Department of Anthropology at (269) 387-3969.

Media contact: Deanne Molinari, (269) 387-8400, deanne.molinari@wmich.edu

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