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National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute for K-12 Teachers

Exploring the Past: Archaeology in the Upper Mississippi River Valley

Dates: July 14-August 1, 2014 (3 weeks)

Location: University of Wisconsin – La Crosse, Mississippi Valley Archaeology Center

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Note: All future updates will be posted only to Desire2Learn.

April 22, 2014 Update – Desire2Learn Enrollment 

You are being enrolled in UW-La Crosse’s D2L (Desire2Learn, online course system). In the next few days you will be receiving and e-mail from UW-L/D2L indicating that you have been enrolled in D2L along with a prompt to reset your password. Ignore the prompt to reset your password. Do NOT reset your password. Bonnie has e-mailed your with username and password information. (Contact Bonnie if you did not receive the e-mail.)

The areas on D2L that you will want to start exploring are –

Content – participant contact information; helpful information regarding academics, logistics, and area information (useful documents as you plan your trip to La Crosse); Institute readings.

Links – links to numerous archaeology related web sites that you may find interesting.

Discussion – I’ve posted a general discussion forum that is available if you want to start getting to know each other, look for roommates, traveling companions, or any other topic of interest to you as you prepare for your time in La Crosse.

We hope you enjoy exploring the information on D2L!

April 21, 2014 Update – Participant List

I thought you might be interested in finding out who you’ll be working with at our NEH Institute this summer, so I attached a list of all the participants and their contact information to the e-mail I sent you earlier today. You may want to review the list and contact possible traveling companions or roommates. I’ve included e-mail addresses, home phone numbers, cities, states and if they are planning on driving to La Crosse. (Contact Bonnie if you need a copy of the participant list.)

Roommates will be assigned randomly as you arrive. If some of you decide that you would like to share a room, let Troy Richter know when you make your reservation or before June 13. It is always nice to have someone who is driving in a room both to help with getting around La Crosse but also because they can bring some of the things that will make dorm life a bit more enjoyable, such as tv, microwave, coffee pot, toaster, dishes, utensils, pots…it is a bit challenging to bring those kinds of items on a plane or train.

We should have you on Desire2Learn (D2L) in the next couple weeks so you can start using the discussion board or chat. D2L will also provide access to some of the readings and more information about the area and local events.

Were looking forward to seeing you in just 12 short weeks!

Participant Information – March 31, 2014

Congratulations on your selection to be a participant in the NEH Summer Institute, “Exploring the Past: Archaeology in the Upper Mississippi River Valley,” to be held July 14–August 1.  If you are reading this web page you have received your notification letter in the mail.

The first thing we need is your formal acceptance of this invitation.  In your notification letter were copies of the “Acceptance Form,” “Certification for Participants,” “Participant Terms and Conditions,” and “Principles of Civility.”  If you choose to attend our institute, you must read, sign, and return these documents to us immediately; without them, the university will be unable to begin preparing your stipend checks.  Also enclosed is a “Participation Information Form” for you to complete and return with the other forms.  Send all forms to Bonnie at the address below.  We must receive your forms by Monday, April 14.  Keep a copy of all forms for your records and future reference.

If you choose not to attend our institute, please let Bonnie know immediately, so that we can select someone from the list of alternates.

This web page provides links to additional information about the institute that should answer most of your questions as you prepare for the institute.  We suggest that you print off the documents and refer to them when you have questions before, during and after the Institute.  Please contact Bonnie if you have questions that are not addressed in the information.

Click on a link below for a pdf file with more information.

Academics update

Logistics update

For Additional information contact:

Bonnie Jancik
Mississippi Valley Archaeology Center
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
1725 State St.
La Crosse, WI 54601


This Summer Institute is funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.  Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this Institute do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.