March 2018 Program
Location: Macktown Living History Education Center Macktown Forest Preserve
Speaker: Paula Bryant, Staff Archaeologist, Illinois State Archaeological Survey
Title: The Landscape of the Chicago Portage: An Archaeological Perspective
About: Considered by some as Chicago's "Plymouth Rock", the National Historic Site of Chicago Portage in the Forest Preserves of Cook County is arguably one of the last natural remnants where you can glimpse into the beginnings of Chicago. This presentation will address the unique features this landscape offered to early travelers, in addition to a range of archaeological sites associated with the area. A brief history exploring the mid-late 1970s excavations at the 1830s Laughton Trading Post (11CK150) will also be discussed.