The March meeting of the Saginaw Valley Chapter of the Michigan Archaeological Society will be held at the Castle Museum Thursday, 3 March 2016. Kyle Bagnall will present In the Steps of Michigan Surveyors: 1805 – 1855.
The notes and maps created by Michigan’s early surveyors contain much data of interest to archaeologists. In addition to occasionally documenting the locations of trails, agricultural fields, and settlements, surveyors systematically noted tree species encountered along their survey transects and commented on aspects of the soils and hydrology. These data have allowed biologists to create detailed maps of early 19th century vegetation in Michigan, which can be accessed here.
As always, the public is invited and encouraged to join us for what should be an interesting and entertaining program on how the surveyors engaged in their work. The “official” meeting announcement is copied below.
Date: Thursday, March 3, 2016
Time: 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Location: Castle Museum of Saginaw County History, 500 Federal Ave,. Saginaw, MI 48607
Kyle Bagnall, Manager of Historical Programs, at Chippewa Nature Center. Will present: In the Steps of Michigan Surveyors: 1805 – 1855. Before local lands were settled, they had to be surveyed. Hear amazing tales of Michigan surveyors traversing wild lands as they completed their work. We’ll travel from the wilderness of early Oakland County to the far reaches of the Upper Peninsula together.