News Release 120

Learn about Mississippian culture May 14 at Towosahgy State Historic Site

Volume 39-120 (For Immediate Release)
For more information: 573-751-1010

JEFFERSON CITY, MO., APRIL 21, 2011 –Learn about many aspects of the Mississippian Native American culture that flourished in this area 1,000 years ago at Mississippian Culture Day on May 14 at Towosahgy State Historic Site near East Prairie. The event will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

Visitors will have the opportunity to learn about this mound-building culture, tour the former village site, see various prehistoric artifacts from the area, and make cordage (small rope) from native plants. They will also be able to test their aim and skill with an atlatl and longbow. The atlatl is prehistoric hunting device that was used to throw large arrows, called darts, and was in use thousands of years before the bow and arrow. This event is open to all ages and is a great opportunity for the entire family to learn more about the lives of the Mississippian mound-building culture that inhabited the region.

Towosahgy State Historic Site is located approximately 15 miles southeast of East Prairie on County Road 502. To get to Towosahgy State Historic Site, take State Highway 77 south towards Dorena and turn west on CR 502 (look for historic site signs near CR 502). For more information, contact Big Oak Tree State Park at 573-649-3149 or Hunter-Dawson State Historic Site at 573-748-5340. For more information about Missouri state parks and historic sites, call the Department of Natural Resources at 800-334-6946 (voice) or 800-379-2419 (Telecommunications Device for the Deaf) or visit