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 ebostelman@indianamuseum.org

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!

The Highland Games are coming!

The Southwestern Indiana Highland Games are coming to Angel Mounds this Saturday, August 11!  Come by the site on Saturday to see traditional Scottish competitions like the caber toss and weight throw.  

8AM: Braveheart Kilted 5K
10:00AM: Opening ceremonies with pipes & bands
10:30AM: The games begin!
5:00PM: 911 Gives Hope Guns vs Hoses Tug of War
6:00PM: Closing ceremonies with pipes & bands

Other activities: Beer garden, Music by Highland Reign, Kids activities, Food vendors, Athlete meet & greet

Admission to all events and activities is $10 per person.  All proceeds benefit the Hadi Highlanders or Evansville, IN.  For more information, see their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/HadiHighlanders/

We’ll see you there!


Angel Mounds: Gateway to the Past

The Friends of Angel Mounds is proud to announce “Angel Mounds: Gateway to the Past,” a brand new short documentary exploring the history and culture of Angel Mounds!  This 15 minute film was produced locally by ThatPopSound Productions, and features interviews with several local scholars and experts.  It can be viewed right now on our YouTube channel, or right here on our Introduction to Angel Mounds page.

Check out the video, and then Contact Us to let us know what you think!

FOAM is on YouTube!

As our first big announcement in our new News section, the Friends of Angel Mounds would like to announce our official YouTube channel! In the coming weeks, we plan to upload our own videos of the exciting events here at Angel Mounds, but also to highlight other videos relevant to the mission of Angel Mounds.

Check out the channel, and be sure to subscribe to keep up with all the fun!