Ancient Wisconsin Rock Art Revealed on February 17

Learn about a fascinating rock art site near Madison that dates to the Ice Age on Saturday, February 17, 10:30 – Noon, at the Goodman South Madison Library on Park St.

Nestled inside an active stone quarry just outside of Waterloo, WI, sits the oldest petroglyph (rock art) gallery and sacred site in the Midwest (12,500 years old). For the past 11 years a team of volunteers, led by Anthropologist/Archaeologist Jack Steinbring of Ripon College and UW-Oshkosh, has been digging for insights into the earliest visitors to what is now known as the Hensler Petroglyph Site. The team has also been cataloging artifacts, photographing and conserving the glyphs found at the site.

Join Dale G. Van Holten, board members of the Waterloo Area Historical Society, assistant to Dr. Steinbring and curator of the Hensler and Yelk artifact collections at Ripon College as he leads you through the investigation, revealing through pictures and words the geology, the petroglyphs, the excavations and the fascinating artifacts recovered so far.

Jon Greendeer to Discuss Ho Chunk History

Join us at the Goodman South Madison Library (2222 S Park St) on Saturday, January 20 at 10:30 to hear from Jon Greendeer, former president of the Ho-Chunk Nation and current executive director of heritage preservation. Jon will outline key aspects of Ho-Chunk history with an emphasis on key recent developments, including the return of over 1,500 acres of land at the former Badger Army Ammunition Plant near Baraboo and enactment of the burial site preservation law. Learn about recent legislative developments of interest to AES and strategies to improve public awareness of Wisconsin’s ancient heritage.

Jim Sherz Awarded

Dr. James Scherz Presented with Mid-America Geographic Society’s 2013 Field Service Award

Jim awardA “pair-a-docs” as Dave Weier likes to say.

Dr. Jack Steinbring, PhD, (right), presents Dr. James Scherz, PhD, with the Mid-America Geographic Society’s 2013 Field Service Award for “Outstanding Hensler Cartography and Field Research Contributions”. The award was presented at MAGF’s annual Open House potluck and meeting on October 27th, 2013.

As Steinbring presented Scherz with the honor, he called him “Wisconsin’s greatest cartographer”. The board members have all come to agree this label is most appropriate as we realize that maps, like many other things, are no longer produced by individuals but corporations in this day and age. As we continue to archive the hundreds of maps and data that our beloved Research Director continues to produce, we wonder why we hadn’t added that to the list of amazing things he’s achieved. Congratulations Jim!

Doug Norgord – Geographic Techniques

Doug Norgord has generously become our newest Technical Advisor and is volunteering generously by creating some beautiful effigy mound maps that we’ve always envisioned.

Doug’s company, Geographic Techniques, specializes in the creation of maps and graphics for analyzing, managing, and communicating the diversity of information important in today’s society. With over 20 years of experience in spatial analysis and cartographic design, we provide quality mapping and spatial data solutions for non-profit, volunteer, and community based organizations, as well as for small business and individual needs. We are committed to the challenges in creating specialized maps and information graphics exclusively for our clients’ requirements, while maintaining high levels of accuracy and creativity.

Please visit Doug’s AES maps at

He also got a nice write-up at


article link- Minnesota’s lost effigy mounds

Dennis W Garvey has written a wonderfully interactive set of pages on Minnesota’s lost effigy mounds. This article has an excellent overview of the mounds, but the exciting information is found by following the links to the sites that are listed at the beginning of the article. These detail specific sites in Minnesota with attachments that show a modern aerial photo, (most likely GoogleMaps), with historical mapping information overlaid on top. In some instances, the author has overlain a group of mounds onto a digital elevation model (scroll to the bottom of the article).

Link to Winnebago/HoChunk encyclopedia online

Richard L. Dieterle has compiled a tremendous website of the or Hočąk (Winnebago) people. The site is an easily searchable record of essays, language studies, ethnography, archaeology, stories, and so on. On the “acknowledgement” page is written, “The encyclopædic account of Hočąk mythology, legend, and folklore is the outgrowth of a project begun many years ago under the auspices of Prof. John Ingham of the University of Minnesota Anthropology Department. It can be truly said that none of this would have been possible without his initiative, encouragement, insight, and infectious enthusiasm.”