Film director Kelly Rundle (center), Omaha Tribe of Nebraska Wildlife and Parks Director Mike Tyndall (L) and Chief of Omaha Tribal Operations Marisa Cummings at an historic overlook on the Omaha Indian Reservation in Macy, Nebraska.
Fourth Wall Films of Moline, Illinois has been selected to produce a visitor center film for South Dakota's newest state park--Good Earth State Park at Blood Run near Sioux Falls. Mid-America Emmy® nominated filmmakers Kelly and Tammy Rundle successfully competed with 42 proposals by 36 other companies nationwide to win the contract from the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Department. A casting call for Native American actors for the 15-20 minute film is open June 1-June 19 (see details below).
The Good Earth State Park at Blood Run Visitor Center film will present the fascinating story of this historical and cultural site as told by a Native American grandfather to his grandchildren. The Rundles will coordinate the production with South Dakota GFP department officials and representatives from five American Indian nations.
Produced in 4K high-definition, the documentary will combine vivid present-day views of the park's vegetation, wildlife, and scenic vistas with dramatic historical reenactments portraying daily life in one of America's largest indigenous cities. The film also will feature commentary from tribal elders and representatives of the Omaha, Ponca, Ioway and Otoe-Missouria tribes, scholars and archaeologists. Most of the production will take place on the Good Earth site.
Award-winning documentary filmmaker Kevin Railsback will serve as the director of photography. Railsback’s extraordinary nature footage has been featured on National Geographic, Animal Planet, Discovery Channel and in commercials for companies like AT&T.
The Good Earth village site was occupied between 1300 and 1700 by ancestors of the present-day Omaha, Ponca, Northern Ioway and Southern Ioway and Otoe tribes, making it one of the oldest long-term habitation sites in the United States. At its peak around 1650, the site may have been home to as many as 10,000 residents.
Ponca Tribe of Nebraska Cultural Director Randy Teboe and film producer Tammy Rundle stand in an earth lodge recreated on the Ponca Tribe Educational Trail in Niobrara, Nebraska.
Good Earth was a thriving and important Native trading center for pipestone, bison hides, pottery, agricultural goods and culture. The once-vibrant city featured lodges of many different sizes, earthen mounds, and a one-eighth mile-long serpent effigy.
The National Historic Landmark is situated south of Sioux Falls where it spans the Big Sioux River in both South Dakota and Iowa. The Good Earth State Park at Blood Run Visitor Center will feature the film and a museum exhibit. The new facility is scheduled to open in April 2017.
Meeting with the Iowa Tribe of Kansas and Nebraska Tribal Elders and Ioway Tribal Historic Preservation Officer and Tribal Elder Lance Foster in White Cloud, Kansas.
A casting call for the film will take place this month for three Native American lead roles (professional actors: male late 50s-early 70s; male child age 8-12; female child age 8-12), and for twelve to sixteen re-enactment roles (Native professional actors of all ages, as well as Native people with no formal training; long hair a plus; fit; filming takes place in outdoor natural settings). Also casting one Euro-American male role (age 40s-50s, fit, with beard). All roles are paid. Auditions will take place in Sioux Falls, SD; Des Moines, IA; and the Quad Cities, IA/IL area in July, with production scheduled for August and September. All Native peoples will be considered, but special consideration will be given to members of the Omaha, Ponca, Ioway, and Otoe-Missouria tribes. Email Casting Director Kimberly Furness at Kimberlyann2771@yahoo.com for more information/details and to send headshots, resumes, and/or video samples to by June 19th, 2016. This is a non-union production.
Previous contract work by the Rundles includes "Letters Home to Hero Street" for WQPT-PBS and "Any Kid Anywhere: Sex Trafficking Survivor Stories" for Braking Traffik. The Rundles' independently produced award-winning films include "Villisca: Living with a Mystery," the "Lost Nation: The Ioway" three-part series, "Country School: One Room - One Nation" and "River to River: Iowa's Forgotten Highway 6." Their latest film "The Barn Raisers" is set for release in 2016.
Fourth Wall Films is an independent media production and distribution company formerly based in Los Angeles, California and now headquartered in Moline, Illinois.
A Free public screening of Fourth Wall Films' award-winning "Lost Nation: The Ioway 2&3" at Black Hawk State Historic Site in Rock Island, Illinois.
People sometimes wonder what we do with the "millions" of dollars we make producing historical documentary films. The short answer is...nothing. Why? Because (surprise!) we don't make millions of dollars. In fact, we don't make a profit...at all. To our knowledge, even the people at the top of the profession aren't making millions of dollars. Well, maybe a couple of guys are. But the history business just isn't a "money" business for most who have dedicated themselves to telling stories from the past.
We fund our local history film projects with local humanities council grants and other small grants. Those funds cover a little less than half the cost of our productions. The balance of our film budgets come from our own piggy bank in cash and in the form of in-kind contributions (work we do but don't get paid for).
To be sure, we are fortunate to receive help toward the cash match from individuals and organizations who are supportive of our work in general, or of a specific project and topic. We are very grateful for that support, and without that help our film work would not be possible.
That said, we have never been able to raise the entire budget for any of our films prior to completion.
But what about broadcast rights? Don't you make "millions" of dollars on that?
Some people see our films at free public showings and on DVDs, but 90% or more see the films via FREE PBS broadcasts. Local PBS stations do not pay us a fee to broadcast our work.
What about DVD sales?
DVD pre-sales (sales before a DVD is officially available for sale) help us pay for the cost of creating and manufacturing the DVD version of the film. DVD sales that come after release, help us offset the portion of the budget that we weren't able to raise prior to the film's completion.
Long story short, we are lucky to be able to pay ourselves for the work we do, and to pay ourselves for work we have already done. Our films do not generate a profit. Thanks to DVD sales, and now streaming options, we might be able to offset the cost of our production over an extended period of time.
Why do you make films that are unlikely to make a profit? If it doesn't make a profit, does it have value?
We consider two things when deciding whether to make a film. First, is the subject an important story to tell? And second, can we raise the funds to make the project possible? Financially, we would be far better off choosing topics based solely on the prospect of profits. Plenty of producers do this by telling the same history stories over and over again. Other's do it by making so-called "reality shows."
A free public showing of the award-winning "Lost Nation: The Ioway" drew a packed event in Los Angeles at the National Center for the Preservation of Democracy. Representatives of the Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma and the Iowa Tribe of Kansas and Nebraska exchanged gifts with the Tongva Tribe of Southern California.
They may be making millions of dollars, but they are not telling Midwestern history stories. Stories from America's heartland are the stories we are committed to telling. We aren't making "millions", but we believe our films are making a difference.
Thank you for your support. We hope you will continue to help us make movies that matter!
A new exhibition opened at the State Historical Museum of Iowa today celebrating movies, movie stars and movie-making in Iowa.
"Hollywood in the Heartland" celebrates Iowa film-stars like Donna Reed, John Wayne, Cloris Leachman and Jean Seberg, among others.
And features Hollywood films made in the state, including "Field of Dreams" starring Kevin Costner, "Bridges of Madison County" starring Clint Eastwood and Meryl Streep.
Independent films also get a spotlight and include several documentaries produced by Emmy® nominated filmmakers Kelly & Tammy Rundle of Fourth Wall Films. Clips from their award-winning documentary "Lost Nation: The Ioway", the Emmy-nominated "Country School: One Room - One Nation" and their soon-to-be-released "Movie Star: The Secret Lives of Jean Seberg" are among those featured in the display.
The Dispatch-Argus highlights the new exibit in a story by journalist Jonathan Turner:
"Des Moines is 1,689 miles from Hollywood, but Iowa's prolific, enduring impact on the silver screen will be on display in the state capital in a new, free exhibit starting today.
"Hollywood in the Heartland" opens Friday, June 27th at the State Historical Museum of Iowa, 600 E. Locust St., Des Moines. It will be kicked off at 10 a.m. with a talk from Ottumwa native Tom Arnold, a writer, producer, actor and comedian. Mr. Arnold has been in more than 120 film and television projects including "True Lies," "Nine Months," and Mike Myers' new documentary, "Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon."
"'Hollywood in the Heartland' explores our legacy with the silver screen from the late 1800s to today's movies and filmmaking, and I invite all Iowans to visit the State Historical Museum to see this blockbuster exhibit," Gov. Terry Branstad said in a recent release.
"This exhibit not only showcases our past, it also points us to the future where new movie and media production technologies are generating more opportunities for creativity, growth and expansion," Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds said.
"Hollywood in the Heartland" is a 6,400-square-foot exhibit that shows how Iowa and Iowans have been portrayed on film, uncovers the beauty of Iowa's historic theaters and their role in communities, and the people who have made an impression on-screen and behind the scenes. The exhibit includes photos tracing Iowa's stage and screen heritage -- including Davenport's Adler Theatre (1931), Capitol Theatre (1920), and the former Burtis Opera House (1867).
A collection of video clips, called "Iowa Film Today," will show quality productions based on Iowa topics being done today and includes parts of the Moline-based Tammy & Kelly Rundle's Fourth Wall Films documentaries: the award-winning "Lost Nation: The Ioway", the Emmy® nominated "Country School: One Room - One Nation" and "Movie Star: The Secret Lives of Jean Seberg" (co-produced with partner Garry McGee of McMarr, Ltd).
The exhibit also has a graphics re-print of their "Movie Star: The Secret Lives of Jean Seberg" (a bio-pic on the internationally renowned Marshalltown native) as part of the "Iowa Film Today" section.
The "Hollywood in the Heartland" exhibit will be on display from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and noon to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, for the next two years. For more information, visit iowahistory.org or call 515-281-5111.
Mary L. Harvey
Mary L. Harvey, 77, of White Cloud, KS, passed away May 5, 2013 at Omaha, Nebraska. She was born February 26, 1936 at Rulo, Nebraksa to the late Joe and Mary E. (Campbell) Fisher. She married Archie Harvey in 1958 at Lincoln, Nebraska and they were later divorced. On September 25, 1997 she married Paul Kaiser in White Cloud, Kansas.
Mary was raised at Rulo and graduated from Falls City, Nebraska High School. Mary lived in Sacramento, California for 26 years and moved to White Cloud in 1984 and has lived there since. She was an Administrator for Sac & Fox at Reserve, Kansas and also worked in the Bingo Hall at the Iowa Tribe; she also served on the Enrollment Board for Iowa Tribe. She was a member of the Iowa Tribe of Kansas and Nebraska.
Mary is survived by her husband Paul Kaiser of White Cloud, sons, Mark Harvey of Sacramento, California, Matthew Harvey and his wife Lisa of Folson, California, sister, Freda White Bull and her husband Melvin at Pine Ridge, South Dakota, half-sister, Lynda Freeman and her husband Larry of Webber, Kansas and two grandsons.
Her funeral will be held on Wednesday, May 8, 2013 at 10:30 AM at George Ogden Building at White Cloud with Duane Scates officiating. Interment will be in Tesson Cemetery.
The family will receive friends on Tuesday from 7-8:00 PM at George Ogden building
Accompanied by his daughter Billie Campbell Exposito, Ioway Tribal Elder Emil Campbell, from the Iowa Tribe of Kansas and Nebraska, got up early on Wednesday morning, November 7, 2012 to board a plane at the Kansas City Airport. He joined 28 other WWII veterans from Kansas City and Wichita to take the final Honor Flight of the year to Washington D.C.
Emil was among those who fought in the Battle of the Bulge and his memories of losing Ioway friends during WWII run deep.
Ioway Tribal Elder Emil Campbell (Iowa Tribe of Kansas and Nebraska) appeared in the award-winning documentary "Lost Nation: The Ioway" by Kelly and Tammy Rundle of Fourth Wall Films. Emil will appear in the sequels "Ioway 2&3" premiering in early 2013. (Photo Fourth Wall Films, All rights reserved.)
The veterans will visit Ft. McHenry in Baltimore, the World War II Memorial, the Lincoln Memorial, the Vietnam Wall Memorial, the Smithsonian Museum and Arlington National Cemetery.
According to its website, the mission and goal of the Honor Flight Network is: "to transport America's veterans to Washington D.C. to visit those memorials dedicated to honor their service and sacrifices. Since America felt it was important to build a memorial to the service and the ultimate sacrifice of her veterans, the Honor Flight Network believes it's equally important that they actually get to visit and experience their memorial The Honor Flight Network is dedicated to helping every single veteran in America, willing and able of getting on a plane or a bus, visit their memorial." Visit www.HonorFlight.org for more information.
The Leary Site on the Iowa Tribe of Kansas and Nebraska reservation is a National Historic Landmark.
Slidell, LA--The Iowa Tribe of Kansas and Nebraska has achieved certification from the National Park Service for their Tribal historic preservation programs. The Iowa Tribe of Kansa and Nebraska Tribal Historic Preservation Office (THPOs) is certified to assume duties under the National Historic Preservation Act, including the surveying, protection, and preservation of important historic, archeological, and cultural sites; nomination of properties to the National Register of Historic Places; and the review of federal projects. The THPO designation, which also allows tribes to qualify for historic preservation grants, is granted by the National Park Service.
The THPO designation is an important milestone in the preservation of the Iowa Tribe of Kansas and Nebraska culture. In addition, this designation can seek to assist the other tribes located nearby as the Iowa Tribe of Kansas and Nebraska has the only THPO designation in the state. Alan Kelley of the Iowa Tribe of Kansa and Nebraska will serve as the interim Tribal Historic Preservation Officer. Mr. Kelley is currently serving as the IT Director of the Iowa Tribe of Kansas and Nebraska and previously served as Vice-Chairman. During his tenure as Vice-Chairman, Mr. Kelley served on various committees relevant to the cultural and historic preservation of the Iowa Tribe. These committees include, Native American Graves and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA), Regional Tribal Operations Committee (RTOC) of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the Missouri River Recovery Implementation Committee (MRRIC).
The Iowa Tribe of Kansas and Nebraska Executive Committee will serve as the advisory review board for the THPO until a full-time Officer is hired. Once a full-time Tribal Historic Preservation Officer is hired he will, along with the Executive Committee, designate an Advisory Board specifically for the Tribal Historic Preservation Office. The Advisory Board for the Iowa Tribe of Kansas and Nebraska will include Tribal members that are knowledgeable in tribal traditions and culture.
The Iowa Tribe of Kansas and Nebraska requested technical assistance to seek the establishment of a Tribal Historic Preservation Office. Under a memorandum of understanding, the Iowa Tribe of Kansas and Nebraska contracted with Morning Star Consulting, a Native American owned grant consulting firm, to facilitate the application process.
Contact the Iowa Tribe of Kansas and Nebraska for more information about the Tribe's historic preservation efforts.
Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma member Shayla Miller will be featured on the RFD-TV "One Nation" float in the Rose Parade in Pasadena, California on New Years Day. More details in the press release below.
“One Nation,” a float dedicated to reconciliation honoring Native American culture, will be the RFD-TV entry in the 2011 Tournament of Roses Parade. The massive float, designed and built by Phoenix Decorating, will pay tribute to the sights and sounds of Native America and will feature Brule’-the award-winning contemporary Native American musical group. RFD-TV and Paul LaRoche, founder of Brule’, hope to create a historic endeavor that will shed a long overdue spotlight on the American Indian culture. Through this collaboration, both parties hope to connect our global cultures in friendship and in unity, in an effort to support the 2011 Rose Parade® theme of “Building Dreams, Friendships & Memories.”
The float, “One Nation,” marks RFD-TV’s third consecutive year as a Rose Parade float participant. Focused around a 35-foot “fancy dancer,” the float stretches an impressive 75-feet in length. The fancy dancer is the newest contemporary style of dance within the tribal pow-wow circuit and its characteristic upbeat, flashy and bright features make it a fantastic representation of the natural beauty within the Native American culture. Brule’ will be playing inspirational live music as they ride down the 5.5 mile parade route along Colorado Blvd. Additionally, fancy and traditional dancers wearing authentic regalia will perform Native American dances. An invitation has been extended to over 500 tribes across America to send a representative to participate with “One Nation” and decorate the float during the days leading up to the parade.
The History of Brule’ and Paul LaRoche
Paul LaRoche, founder of Brule’, is an enrolled member of the Lower Brule Sioux Tribe in South Dakota. Adopted at birth, LaRoche grew up in white, middle-class America and didn’t discover his true heritage until he was 38. On Thanksgiving Day 1993, LaRoche was reunited with his brother, sister, and extended relatives. Overwhelmed by the experience, he returned to the Lower Brule Sioux Reservation where Brulé was born, a musical synthesis of the two worlds he has lived. LaRoche has long since dreamed of bringing a message of hope and healing to worldwide audiences through the stirring music and dance of Brulé that has criss-crossed the country with him for 15 years. For his pioneering efforts bridging the two cultures together, LaRoche epitomizes what the “One Nation” float represents and at the same time, hopes to accomplish. RFD-TV is proud to name LaRoche as leader of “One Nation” as unique life journey is an inspiration to all.
“It has been a dream and mission of Brule’’ to work on reconciliation of the cultures, unity, hope and world peace” said LaRoche. “The ‘One Nation’ float represents the historical gathering of representatives from all tribal nations across the country. This cultural gesture of amity and unity along with the united gathering of tribal nations, presents an image of friendship, community and new beginnings expanding beyond the borders of America and echoing around the globe.”
Watch On Television
The live broadcast on RFD-TV/RFD HD will begin on New Year’s morning with a one-hour special, “The Making of the ‘One Nation’ Float,” at 10 a.m. (Eastern), 9 a.m. (Central), 8 a.m. (Mountain) and 7 a.m. (Pacific). This program will give viewers a behind-the-scenes look at the start-to-finish process on designing, building and decorating of the float. RFD-TV will also feature on-location interviews with tribal members involved with “One Nation.”
Immediately following, RFD-TV’s two-hour live coverage of the 122nd Annual Tournament of Roses Parade broadcast will begin at 11 a.m. (Eastern). All three hours will once again be hosted by the broadcast team of Orion Samuelson and Pam Minick, Pam Minick providing her expert equestrian commentary at ground level along the actual parade route.
As is its tradition, RFD-TV’s Tournament of Roses Parade coverage will be broadcast with limited commercial interruptions and will feature all of the equine groups participating in the parade.
“We expect RFD-TV’s largest Nielsen-rated audience ever for our comprehensive carriage of this upcoming Rose Parade,” stated Patrick Gottsch, founder & president of RFD-TV. “The extensive coverage of the ‘One Nation’ float, combined with our broadcast team of Orion Samuelson and Pam Minick and limited-commercial interruptions is a package that will have all of rural America watching, as it cannot be duplicated by any other television network.”
RFD-TV will also provide a live streaming feed through its website (www.rfdtv.com) and offer repeats of its Rose Parade broadcasts, in addition to providing updates and details as the “One Nation” float evolves and is decorated leading up to the New Year’s Day broadcast. A DVD of the entire three-hour telecast will be offered for sale for those wishing to get a souvenir copy.
In addition to RFD-TV’s broadcast, the Tournament of Roses Parade will also be carried live or on tape delay by five additional national or cable television networks in the United States (ABC, NBC, HGTV, Univision, KTLA). The parade will be distributed into more than 115 countries around the world.
October 3-9, 2010 “Native Ioway History Week”
“Lost Nation: The Ioway” Documentary Set for October 3rd Broadcast Premiere
DES MOINES, IA—Iowa Governor Chet Culver has proclaimed October 3-9, 2010 the fourth annual Native Ioway History Week (full text attached below), honoring the Iowa Tribe of Kansas and Nebraska, and the Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma. The IPTV-PBS broadcast premiere of Lost Nation: The Ioway, the award-winning documentary by Kelly and Tammy Rundle of Fourth Wall Films, will launch the historic tribute.
“The special week reminds state residents and Iowa educators to remember the American Indian people whose name the state bears,” said “Ioway” producer Kelly Rundle.
The film takes viewers on an unforgettable and vivid journey into America's Native past and present. In 1824, during the twilight of Native American dominion, two conflicted Ioway leaders met with William Clark to sign a momentous treaty. White Cloud (Mahaska) saw cooperation as survival for his people, while Great Walker (Moanahonga) regretted the loss of their ancestral homeland. This pivotal moment led both men to different tragic destinies in their battle with epic change.
Ioway Elders join historians and archaeologists to tell the dramatic and true story of the small tribe that once claimed the territory between the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers from Pipestone, Minnesota to St. Louis. What was a quest for survival in the past, has become a struggle to retain a unique Native American culture and language in the present.
The documentary has drawn national attention to the tribes’ little-known history and a sequel project, currently in production, will be released in 2012. The two additional one-hour films will complete the Ioways’ epic story.
In addition to the broadcast premiere on IPTV October 3rd, at 6:00 p.m., Lost Nation: The Ioway will show on IPTV World on October 4th and 26th at 8pm and is slated for broadcasts in Illinois, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Wisconsin in November 2010.
Ioway was funded in part by Humanities Iowa, the Kansas Humanities Council, the Nebraska Humanities Council, the Oklahoma Humanities Council, and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and Smokestacks National Heritage Area.
Fourth Wall Films is a film and video production company based in Moline, Illinois. The Rundles, who focus primarily on Midwestern history subjects, previously produced the critically-acclaimed Villisca: Living with a Mystery and will release their documentary Country School: One Room – One Nation in November 2010. They are currently co-producing the documentary Movie Star: The Secret Lives of Jean Seberg with Emmy-nominated filmmaker Garry McGee.
Visit: FourthWallFilms.com or IowayMovie.com for more information.
STATE OF IOWA
In the Name and By the Authority of the State of Iowa
WHEREAS members of the Ioway Tribe and their ancestors were the stewards of more than 60,000 square miles, including all of what is now known as the State of Iowa, for nearly 1,000 years; and
WHEREAS the Ioway Tribe has made significant cultural and historical contributions to Iowa and the United States of America; and
WHEREAS the Ioway and all other Native American tribes were removed from the territory before Iowa became a State; and
WHEREAS the State of Iowa is named for the Ioway Tribe; and
WHEREAS Iowans are generally unaware of the historical and present-day contributions of the Ioway; and
WHEREAS there is no formal instruction in Iowa public schools regarding the role of the Ioway people in American history; and
WHEREAS The Ioway people presented gifts to the people of the State of Iowa on October 12, 2007 at the State Capitol; and
WHEREAS the broadcast premiere of "Lost Nation: The Ioway" will be October 3, 2010 at 6:00 p.m. on Iowa Public Television with November broadcasts to follow on IPTV and stations throughout the Midwest; and
WHEREAS Fourth Wall Films has begun production on two one-hour sequel documentary films that will complete the story of the Ioway nations; and
AND WHEREAS October 7, 2010 is the 173rd anniversary of the No Heart Map, a hand drawn map presented to officials in Washington, D.C. by the Ioway to support land claims showing Ioway migration from the Great Lakes area to their ancestral home in the State of Iowa;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Chester J. Culver, Governor of the state of Iowa, do hereby proclaim October 3-9, 2010, as Native Ioway History Week.
A group gathers at the Iowaville village site in connection with the premiere of "Lost Nation: The Ioway" in October 2007. The field trip was planned for visiting Iowa tribal members and others who attended the premiere and related events.
From the Iowa Office of the State Archaeologist in Iowa City:
I am very pleased to announce that the Iowa Office of the State Archaeologist (OSA) has been awarded a grant to work on archaeological site 13VB124, better known as the 1765-1820 Ioway Village or Iowaville, near Selma, Iowa. The goal of the project is to understand the size and depth of the site deposits, to assess how well the village deposits are preserved after 150+ years of cultivation, and to create a site management and preservation plan. With any good fortune, this project will serve as a step toward the eventual protection of the site.
Most Iowans are, sadly, ignorant of the Iowa Tribe and the tribe’s key role in the state’s heritage. The upcoming work at Iowaville will help raise the profile of the tribe: tribal participation in the project can show that the Ioway people are not just historical figures but are part of the modern world, too. In addition, this project may give Ioway people a chance to help rediscover and preserve their own history.
This very important site was first identified by archaeologists in 1971. No professional excavations have been conducted at the site. The site is very well known among a few artifact collectors, who have demonstrated that considerable artifacts remain at the village, which is now a cultivated farm field. The landowner normally does not allow folks on his land, so it is considered a rare opportunity that we will be allowed on his property for this investigation. I would consider this perhaps the one and only chance to conduct archaeological work on the property in the foreseeable future.
This work will be partly funded through Iowa lottery proceeds (specifically, the REAP/HRDP program of the State Historical Society of Iowa), and partly through volunteer effort. The OSA invites your involvement in all aspects of the project, including but not limited to providing comments, feedback, and advice; participating in field and laboratory work; and working toward the creation of the final site preservation plan document. As per the landowner’s wishes, all our field work must be conducted in 2010, after the crops have been harvested, and within a four-week window. This means the work will take place sometime between October 15 and December 30, 2010. We plan to work one week, doing ground penetrating radar in an effort to identify features without digging, have a week-long break to process that information, then work three consecutive weeks, including two or three weekends during this period. In the three week period, we will be mapping, interviewing collectors, doing controlled surface collection, 8-inch diameter auger testing, and excavating a very limited number (perhaps, three to seven) of test units, roughly 3 x 3 ft in size. We know there is interest in volunteering among the professional archaeological community. Bill Green, now of Beloit College and formerly the Iowa State Archaeologist, will be working with the OSA on this project.
I would be happy to provide a copy of the successful grant application to those that request it, but the document is 3.3 MB and I didn’t want to fill up mailboxes! I will be providing more details about the fieldwork as the date becomes more secure; I will probably know more in late September or early October. In the meantime, please feel free to contact me regarding any comments or suggestions you may have. Ideally, I would love to have responses about who might like to volunteer, what type of volunteering they would be interested in, and how long they might be available. I would not consider this an obligation or commitment, only your best estimate. These responses would help me greatly in planning the project. Also, if you are aware of others who may be interested in volunteering or providing comments, please forward this email as you see fit.
Office of the State Archaeologist
The University of Iowa
Iowa City, IA 52242
(319)384-0768 (fax) http://www.uiowa.edu/~osa/