Reconstructed Stockade

Reconstructed Stockade

Roland R. Liebenow

The Friends of Aztalan State Park lost an outstanding supporter and good friend on Friday, Dec. 2 with the passing of Dr. Roland "Doc" Liebenow. Doc and his wife Martha were some of the first people to step forward and raise their hands when the FOASP was first organized in the 1980s. In addition to being an enthusiastic member of the FOASP, Doc served as a valuable historical resource for a number of community groups including the Lake Mills-Aztalan Historical Society and the Lake Mills Rotary Club. He will be missed. Below is a link to Dr. Liebenow's obituary as it appeared in last week's Lake Mills Leader.


The Friends of Aztalan State Park are an active group dedicated to the promotion, upkeep, and enhancement of a unique ancient Native American ceremonial and residential Native American town established in 1100 AD.

More Information on joining the Friends of Aztalan, volunteering, and our activities.


Donations for the Aztalan Interpretive Center are greatly appreciated and will contribute to its success. Elizabeth Parker has generously extended her matching donation through 2016 to help build the much needed visitor center at the park. Her match is a dollar for dollar donation for monies raised by the Friends of Aztalan State Park. The matching donation comes from the trusts of George S. Parker II of the Parker Pen Company, Janesville WI.

Donate to the Friends of Aztalan Interpretive Center using our secure online form.

Interpretive Center

In September 2014 The Friends of Aztalan State Park awarded the RFP for initial design of the Interpretive Center.

In July 2015 Dimension IV Madison Design Group submitted its final design report.

In 2016 The Friends of Aztalan State Park solicited ideas for the design of interpretive displays in the Interpretive Center. The Friends will also be hosting fund raisers to provide funds for the remaining phases of constructing the Interpretive Center. See the Events page for dates and places of upcoming fund raisers.

This is an exciting new milestone for the Friends group.  Interested parties will be invited to participate in in-person and on-line discussion and survey sessions to help make this project a success.  

Check back often for information on how you can participate in these sessions, and to follow the progress of our efforts to bring this project to fruition.

More Information on Interpretive Center.

Mounds on Ridge above the village.

Mounds on Ridge above the village.

Upcoming Events

June - Sept, 2017
Free Public Tour every Sunday at 2:00pm weather permitting

2017 Events

Detailed list of events will be available by May, 2017.

Feb 10-12, 2017. Garden Expo in Madison.

May 7, 2:00 pm. Spring Walking Tour at the park.

Early June. Fund raiser and overview of current excavations
With Sissel Schroeder, UW-Madison, at the park.

June 20, 6:00 pm. Summer Solstice celebration at the park.

July. Aztalan Day
Town of Aztalan Museum and School open, with a Friends of Aztalan table. Tour and events at the park.

August. Native American Day
A tribute to Native American culture at the park.

September. Annual Bus Tour
Visit a Native American mound site.

Group tours

Tours can be arranged for adults and schools. Call Bob Birmingham at (608) 241-4958 or email for more information.

Recent Excavations

May - mid-June, 2016
UW-Madison Field School

Further excavations of the ancient structures in the residential area at Aztalan. More information on the Fieldwork Blog.  Information about the Schroeder Archaeology Lab.

May 26 - June 19, 2015
UW-Madison Field School

Excavated ancient structures in the residential area at Aztalan and conducted GPR and Magnetometry in areas where the techniques haven't been used before. More information here.



There is no fee to participate in Friends activities (unless noted otherwise). But because Aztalan is a state park, a fee is required for vehicles. Click here for the list of fees (DNR web site).