The annual Friends of Aztalan State Park summer solstice celebration marking the longest day of the year will be held on the evening of Friday June 21 at Aztalan State Park. Solar events were important to the ceremonial life of the people who lived at the ancient Native American town between AD. 1050 and 1250, and summer was the farming season. We will gather at the park shelter at the second parking lot between 6:00 and 7:00 PM where snacks and refreshments will be served. At 7:00, Dr. John Richards will discuss archaeological excavations currently underway at the park by a University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee field school that are providing exciting new information on Aztalan. Viewing of the summer solstice sunset (weather permitting) will take place at 8:35 PM from the large southwest platform mound.
The program is free but a Wisconsin State Park sticker (either day or annual) is needed for your vehicle and can be purchased at the park. Donations towards the proposed new visitor's center at the park being planned by the Friends of Aztalan State Park will also be gladly accepted. For more information contact Friends of Aztalan State Park Executive Director Bob Birmingham at (608) 516-3421 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Aztalan State Park is located on County Hwy. Q in Jefferson County, one mile east of Lake Mills. Information on other upcoming events at the park can be found on the Friends of Aztalan State Park website: www.aztalanfriends.org