• Photo of a person working on archeological dig

    The 2023 Archaeological Field School begins in June. Check out our blog and social media pages for updates.

  • A black and white photo include five men holding a sign that says "support the fort"

    Learning to Dig It. Personal commentary and video from Fort St. Joseph Archaeological Field School.

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  • woman standing in a snowy scene with snow shoes and warm clothes
  • Floodplain site

    Main floodplain site where the students dig.

  • A gun side plate in the palm of a hand

    A fragment of a decorative side plate from a French trading gun


The 2023 Archaeological Field School application is now available. More updates will be coming soon for 2023.

If you need any help or support please reach out to us at coas-iias-fsj@wmich.edu.


2023 Archaeological Field School

The Western Michigan University archaeological field school begins on June 29. Staff and students will provide regular updates on the Project’s blog, Facebook, and Instagram pages.

APPLY HERE FOR the 2023 Field School

Archaeology Summer CAMP Program

Sponsored by Western Michigan University and the City of Niles, the Fort St. Joseph Archaeology Summer Camp Program provides an opportunity for the public to investigate and interpret the history and archaeology of Fort St. Joseph, an 18th century mission, garrison, and trading post. 

Campers will spend mornings at the Niles District Library learning about archaeology and the history of Fort St. Joseph. Afternoons will be at the site excavating alongside field school students.

Summer Camp Dates & Applications

  • July 18 - 22: Middle School (Grades 6-8)

  • July 25 - 29: High School (Grades 9-12)

  • August 1 - 5: Lifelong Learners and Educators

Registration information can be found at www.nileshistorycenter.org. For questions or more information about the camps, please contact the Project’s Public Education Instructor, Tim Bober, at timothy.bober@wmich.edu.



The Fort St. Joseph Archaeological Project will host its 11th annual Summer Archaeology Lecture Series in conjunction with Western Michigan University’s 46th annual archaeological field school on four consecutive Wednesdays in July at 7 pm in collaboration with the Niles District Library. Stay tuned for information regarding this year’s lineup and theme.

July 6
Amélie Allard, Assistant Professor in Archaeology, Rhode Island College, Fur Trading in the 18th-Century: The View from Réaume's Leaf River Post, MN

July 13
Cathrine Davis, PhD Candidate, Department of Anthropology, College of William and Mary, People Beyond the Post: The Atlantic World of Fort St. Joseph

July 20
Michael McCafferty, Indiana University, On the Old French Trail from Fort St. Joseph to Fort Ouiatenon

July 27
James Paquette, Marquette Regional History Center, Marie Madeleine Réaume: Her Life at Fort St. Joseph from 1728-1780

For more information, and for links to join each program, please check out the Project’s Facebook events, or contact Niles District Library Program Manager, Andrea Burns, at 269-683-8545 ext. 116 or programming@nileslibrary.net.


2022 Archaeology OPEN HOUSE

Come visit and explore the nationally recognized archaeological site of Fort St. Joseph during the Project’s annual Archaeology Open House! This year our event will be held on August 6-7 from 10 am to 4 pm, focusing on the theme “People of the Post.”

During the Open House, we will highlight the men, women, and children who resided at Fort St. Joseph and showcase artifacts from the collection that provide details about their daily lives. The public will be able to explore the site and our excavations, view recently discovered artifacts, learn about the people of the past through a living history village, enjoy a replica birchbark canoe ride, and much more! We look forward to seeing everyone there!


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Videos of Public Archaeology at Fort St. Joseph