Three Rivers Archaeological Society

Welcome to the homepage of the Three Rivers Archaeological Society (TRAS). TRAS formed as a chapter of the Illinois Association for Advancement of Archaeology in 2000. Because of its location straddling the Illinois-Wisconsin state line, TRAS also became a chapter of the Wisconsin Archeological Society in 2006. The purpose of TRAS is to unite all persons interested in the archaeology of Illinois and Wisconsin—amateurs, professionals, students, and educators. The goals of TRAS are to preserve prehistoric and historic archaeological sites, information, and artifacts; educate the general public on the pleasures and benefits of archaeology; and encourage and participate in scientific investigations and research. TRAS and its members are opposed to the destruction, unauthorized excavation, and looting of archaeological sites and actively discourage commercialism in archaeological artifacts.

The Three Rivers Archaeological Society meets on the second Monday of every month (except July and August), alternating between the Macktown Living History Education Center (Rockton, IL) and venues in Beloit, WI (Beloit College and Beloit Public Library). New members and visitors are always welcome.

 Contact Sara Pfannkuche at or by mail at 436 W. Lincoln Avenue, Belvidere, IL, 61008 for more information. To renew your membership or join for the first time, send your dues to TRAS secretary-treasurer Edward Jakaitis, 147 East Russell Street, Rockton, IL 61072 or contact him at:


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