ALTON — The Sierra Club’s Piasa Palisades group’s Speaker Series will offer a history lesson from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday, April 11, at the First Unitarian Church, 110 E. Third St.
Speaker Jason King, director of research at the Center for American Archeology in Kampsville, will discuss part of the region’s history, tucked away in the bottomlands of the Illinois River. A guided outing to the site will follow April 17.
King leads the center’s involvement in the Kampsville Lock and Dam preservation project with partners from the Army Corps of Engineers and the village of Kampsville, and serves as director for the center’s excavation programs. This collaboration is working to preserve this important site and make it accessible to the public again.
Participants are welcome to join the speaker and others for a dinner at 5:30 p.m. at the Old Bakery Brewing Company, 400 Landmarks Blvd. in Alton. The event is free and open to the public. Anyone interested in the special follow-up outing can make a reservation by April 15 by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call Amitie at (618) 946-1098.