Fort St. Joseph Archaeology Summer Camps 


WMU and the City of Niles are excited to offer several summer camp programs for youth and lifelong learners, alike! These camps provide an opportunity for the public to engage in history and search for evidence at the Fort St. Joseph archeology site. Led by WMU’s Education Instructor Tim Bober, participants spend a week discovering the extensive history of FSJ and participating in onsite excavation with opportunities to wet screen, map, and analyze recovered artifacts. 

An approved continuing education program, the FSJ Lifelong Learner Camps are able to offer applicable students three (3) WMU Graduate credits, nine (9) State Board Continuing Education Units (Michigan), credits for recertification (Illinois), and/or credits applicable toward the Professional Growth Plan (Indiana). 

July 17-21- Middle School (Grades 6-8) - Click here to download application packet 

July 24-28- High School (Grades 9-12) - Click here to download application packet 

July 31-August 4 - Lifelong Learners and Educators- Click here to download application packet 

Summer Lecture Series 

During the 2017 field season the public is invited to engage in several interactive and educational programs, focusing on this year’s theme: Community Partnerships: Building Meaningful Connections Through Archaeology  

This year’s annual four-part lecture series, begins on Wednesday July 12, 2017 at 7 pm at the Niles District Library. 

July 12 - "Conversations and Collaborations; Objectives, and Obligations: Building and Sustaining Meaningful University- Community Partnerships in Context"
Dr. Johnathon Bush, Professor of English, Western Michigan University 

July 19 - "Braiding Knowledge: Community-Based Archaeology with Turkish and Native American Communities"
Dr. Sonya Atalay, Associate Professor of Anthropology, University of Massachusetts-Amherst

July 26 - "Negotiating Multiple Communities Surrounding (Literally and Figuratively) the Stone Street Recovery and Repatriation Project in Downtown Flint, MI"
Dr. Beverly Smith, Associate Professor of Anthropology, University of Michigan-Flint 

August 2 - " Archaeology and Communities, Past and Present"
Dr. Dean Anderson, Michigan State Archaeologist 

August 5-6, 2017: Fort St. Joseph Archaeology Open House 

Join us Saturday, August 5 & Sunday, August 6 10:00am – 4:00pm at the corner of Fort and Bond Streets in Niles, MI for our                   Fort St. Joseph Archaeological Project Annual Open House that is FREE and open to the public. 

People of all ages are invited to attend to:

- Meet WMU archaeologists working at the FSJ archaeological site
- Observe period demonstrations at the Living History Village
- Explore the active FSJ archaeological site
- Participate in children’s activities and crafts
- View recently uncovered artifacts
- Listen to period music and participate in period dance

For more information on how to get involved with the project, check out this site. 

Fort St. Joseph Archaeological Project Annual Newsletter

Click here to download the 2017 Fort St. Joseph Post newsletter