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Attention: all Friends of Angel Mounds members!

If it hasn’t arrived already, you’ll seen be receiving an important mailing from F.O.A.M.  In it, you’ll find a ballot naming nominees for officer and board member positions for 2019.  Please complete the ballot and return it to us by January 9, 2019!  This is an important part of making sure that F.O.A.M. can fulfill our mission to promote the preservation and development of Angel Mounds!

Also in the mailing is your invitation to F.O.A.M.’s annual Holiday Party!  This year’s party will be in the interpretive center on Wednesday, December 12, at 6PM.  Friends members and their guests are invited, but please R.S.V.P. to (812) 853-3956 or  (You can also use the Contact Us form on this website to R.S.V.P.!)

And if you’re not yet a member of F.O.A.M., check out this page for instructions on how to join!

The first weekend in November is going to be AMAZING at Angel Mounds!

On November 2nd, the site will host “Cultural Beadwork of Indiana’s Native Peoples”, a hands-on workshop about the history, culture, and art of Native American beadwork. Led by award-winning artist Katrina Mitten, the workshop will guide participants through the history and process of traditional beadwork and how Katrina’s heritage and experiences as a member of the Miami Tribe of Oklahoma influences her artwork. All supplies will be provided.
Cost: $30/non-ISMHS member; $25/ISMHS member
Registration is REQUIRED. Space is limited! To register, call or email Elizabeth Bostelman at 812-853-3956 or Payment must be made at time of registration.

On November 3rd and 4th, continuing the tradition from the last 9 years, the site will be hosting award winning Native American artists from around the United States. The art ranges from fine silver-smithed Navajo and Santo Domingo jewelry to Miami bead work to Cherokee flutes to Potawatomi paintings.
There will be an opening night reception held on Friday November 2 from 6:00-8:00.

Also on Saturday November 3rd, Angel Mounds will be the hosting Evansville Dia de los Muertos’s Day of the Dead Celebration!
Honor the memory of the departed and experience our community’s cultural diversity as we celebrate this uniquely Mexican holiday. Enjoy dance performances, lectures, authentic food and hands-on activities. Admire our beautiful ofrenda room, where candles illuminate highly decorative, temporary altars to those we remember. This year we are proud to present the Chicago-based traditional Mexican folk music and dance ensemble, Sones de México, who, as part of their main performance at 3:30pm, will be working with local songwriters to create and perform a corrido, or tragic ballad.
The celebration will run from 10am-6pm.

Volunteers Needed

Calling all Friends and Patrons of Angel Mounds!
We are in desperate need of volunteers for our Halloween event this coming Saturday, October 27th. The event is from 6pm-9pm. We need help with everything from our scare trail to our carnival games to our craft room. Come out for a great evening and after your shift enjoy the festivities!
To sign up please click the following link: Halloween Hullabaloo

If you can come out and help, click on the link above or contact Elizabeth Bostelman at 812-853-3956  or

Halloween Hullabaloo, this Saturday!

This Saturday, October 20, from 6:00-9:00PM, join us at Angel Mounds Interpretive Center for our annual Halloween Hullabaloo!  There’ll be games, hayrides, crafts, trick-or-treating, and fun for the whole family.  Come in costume for a spookily good time!

And if you can’t make it this Saturday, the fun starts all over again next Saturday, October 27, at 6PM.

(For those interested in helping out, we still need volunteers!  Check out our Signup.Com page for more information.)

Traditional Native American Dance at Angel Mounds

Terrell Anquoe

This Thursday evening, following our Native American School Days event, Angel Mounds will be sponsoring a traditional Native American dance for the public.  Come watch & learn about Native American dances and ask questions of our guests, Audrey Lemley, and Paris & Terrell Anquoe. It’s sure to be a great evening!

The event begins at 6:00 P.M., on Thursday, September 20.  Admission is $5/person; children 12 and under free

Fall Volunteer Call Out

It’s that time of year again!
Our fall programming is just around the corner and we need your help!

The first event we need help with is Native American School Days. This event is for 3rd-5th graders. The event is September 18th-21st from 9am-1pm. Come for one day or come for all four. It will be a great week! Don’t forget, lunch will be provided!

The second event we need help with is our Halloween Hullabaloo! This event is October 20th and 27th from 6pm-9pm. We need help with everything from our scare trail to our carnival games to our craft room. Come out for a great evening and after your shift enjoy the festivities!

If you can come out and help, go to our SignUp.Com page or contact Elizabeth Bostelman at 812-853-3956 or

Introducing Angel Mounds Honey!

Just in time for Labor Day, our gift shop now has honey! 

This honey was produced at hives right on the Angel Mounds site by beekeepers Kelsey Gerhardt and Frank Weatherholt.  Each bottle has one pound of pure  honey, and sells for $10.  As with everything sold in the Angel Mounds gift shop, all proceeds go to support the mission of Friends of Angel Mounds.

Pick up a bottle today!

New Exhibits & Historical Marker Dedication

The new historical marker

On August 18, representatives of the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites, the Glenn A. Black Laboratory of Archaeology at Indiana University, the Indiana Historic Society, and the Indiana Historical Bureau joined together to dedicate a new historical marker honoring Glenn A. Black, the first professional archaeologist to excavate at Angel Mounds. During a brief ceremony, speakers shared stories of Black’s legacy in Indiana archaeology. You can watch the ceremony on our YouTube channel!

In addition, Saturday also marked the opening of a brand new exhibit at the Angel Mounds Interpretive Center: the Glenn Black and Eli Lilly Experience, which looks at Black’s and Lilly’s collaboration in the 1930’s and 1940’s to begin scientific excavations at Angel Mounds. The new display combines amazing prehistoric artifacts from Lilly’s personal collection with authentic archaeological equipment used at Angel in the mid-20th century. There are also fun interactive displays that explain how Black’s excavations revealed the hidden past of Angel Mounds.

Survey equipment used by Glenn Black at Angel Mounds

The new exhibit highlights both sides of Angel Mounds’ story: the prehistoric Mississippians who lived here, and the dedicated archaeologists who helped us to recover their history. Come by and check it out soon!

Coming Soon: New Exhibits!

If you’ve walked through the Angel Mounds Interpretive Center lately, you’ve no doubt noticed the construction!  We’ve been busily preparing for the opening of a new exhibit

Glenn Black (l) and Eli Lilly (r)
(Photo courtesy of the Glenn A. and Ida Black family)

that highlights the work of two of the biggest names in Indiana archaeology: Glenn Black—the first professional archaeologist to excavate at Angel Mounds—and Eli Lilly—one of the great patrons of early archaeological research in the state.


On Saturday, August 18, at 10AM, officials with the Indiana State Museum will dedicate a new historical marker commemorating the life of Glenn Black at his former home on Pollack Avenue.  Immediately after, the new exhibit will be unveiled in the Interpretive Center.  In addition to displays of artifacts collected by Eli Lilly, there will be a recreation of Glenn Black’s Angel Site office (with his original desk!), as well as interactive features that teach about archaeological methods pioneered by Black right here at Angel!

Come on out to Angel to see these exciting developments for yourself!