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 1050 A.D.
New Edition of Indian Mounds of Wisconsin. The University of Wisconsin Press has published a new edition of the popular Indian Mounds of Wisconsin written by archaeologists and mound experts Robert Birmingham and Amy Rosebrough. First published in 2000, the new edition contains much new and updated material and images. The book includes exciting new research and information on the spectacular effigy mounds, an archaeological world wonder, and the great Mississippian civilization as represented by the ancient town of Aztalan near Lake Mills, among other topics. The cover of the book features a photograph of platform mounds at Aztalan State park taken by Dan Seurer of Lake Mills. A lengthy appendix provides an expanded list of ancient Indian mound sites that can be easily visited by the public. Books will be available for purchase for $25 at the Annual Membership Meeting and Dinner on January 27, 2018, where one or both authors will gladly sign your copy. It will also be available at the park trailer.
Membership and Volunteering
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 2017 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.
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.
In 2017 The Friends of Aztalan State Park sent a RFP for interior design of 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.
June - Sept, 2018
Free Public Tour every Sunday at 2:00pm weather permitting
Jan 27, 6:30 pm. Annual Membership Meeting and Dinner will be held at the Hoard Museum in Fort Atkinson. Dr. John Richards will discuss the first ever remote sensing project over the entire ancient town that provides details of what major archaeological features still lay underground.
Feb 9 - 11 Garden Expo in Madison, at the Alliant Energy Center's Exhibition Hall. The Friends have had an information booth here since 2008.
Events held last year:
Feb 10-12, 2017. Garden Expo in Madison.
May 7, 2:00 pm. Spring Walking Tour to Highlight Recent Discoveries at the park.
May 30 - June 23. Excavations at the park.
With Sissel Schroeder, UW-Madison.
June 16, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm. Organized tours of the excavations.
June 20, 7:00 pm. Summer Solstice celebration at the park.
July 16, 10:30 am. Aztalan Day at the Park
In conjunction with the Lake Mills-Aztalan Historical Society annual Aztalan Day festival, the Friends of Aztalan State Park will host a park tour at 10:30 and an Increase Lapham program by Rob Nurre at 3:00. The interpretive center (trailer) will be open and a Friends table will be set up on the society grounds, where Kurt Sampson will give a noon presentation on early 20th century Milwaukee Public Museum excavations at Aztalan.
August 19 1:00 pm. Native American Day
A tribute to Native American culture at the park. This year it will be the Omeyocan Dance Company (Aztec Dancers), with a colorful program from the ancient people that claimed their origin in the north, at Aztlan. (Wikipedia: Omeyocan is the highest of thirteen heavens in Aztec mythology.)
September 24, 8am - 6pm. Annual Field Trip
Visit the Trempealeau Mississippian mounds and the Perrot State Park museum with archaeologist Robert Boszhardt.
Tours can be arranged for adults and schools. Call Bob Birmingham at (608) 241-4958 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
May - mid-June, 2016, and Mid-May - June 27, 2017.
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.