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18th Annual Conference on Ancient America
October 5,6,7 2023
Island Resort/Convention Center, Harris, Michigan
Looking ahead to 2024, also FIRST WEEKEND in Oct.
Ancient Artifact Preservation Society
Bringing together Diverse Pieces of the Ancient American Puzzle
Ancient Artifact Preservation Society Mission, Vision, Goals
- To collect and preserve evidence of ancient civilizations in North America, and the Great Lakes region in particular, in a manner that supports their study by amateur and professional scholars and to educate the public about the significance. As we come to realize, no man or continent is an island, so North America is broadly connected to other places, cultures and times, linking us and our Native Peoples to the Rest of the World.
- To create a repository of artifacts and published research that supports the investigation of pre Columbian history in North American. (a Diffusionist Museum.)
- To create a web site and educational materials that present the emerging thinking about pre-Columbian evidence of human activities in the Great Lakes region and beyond. The site also promotes-informs about AAPS Annual Conferences on Ancient America. www.aapsCopper.com
Our Goals and Dreams:
- A prominent goal was to raise the funds for the purchase of the largest remaining piece of float copper (21+ tons) discovered in the Copper Country of Michigan. Since AAPS had begun the huge challenge of fund raising, we have poured over $30,000 into contract payments to the owners, have paid to move it from the Copper Country to Marquettefor greater exposure and publicity, and then move it back again, when AAPS’s two contracts failed to raise the needed $350,000. A related group tried and could not raise the funds. But the generosity of our members DID keep it from being sold and melted down for commercial purposes. We consider the expense as RENT.
The owner of a large gem and mineral shop in Colorado discovered the copper while at a large mineral symposium at Michigan Technological University. He purchased, from the owners, the copper to PRESERVE-Not Melt. It moved the long and costly journey to China for the world’s largest Gem and Mineral Show, (Autumn 2016) where it caused a sensation. While there, it was purchased by a private museum north of Beijing where it now resides, and is much loved and visited by thousands. Though we could not anticipate this, the ultimate goal was always to SAVE IT, and that has happened.
- To create and implement a model of operation that will financially support our mission and be designed to be sustainable for decades.
- To create a database of artifacts, and a safe repository to protect them, and for researchers to access and study. The ultimate goal is to have a Pre-Columbian Museum that will enable the proper housing of artifacts and research work. Also to have a museum bookstore where appropriate books and items would be sold. And to make available our artifacts on loan to other cooperative institutions, such as museums and libraries. To aid acquisitions, pursue the donation and or loan of artifacts currently held by Michiganresidents (and beyond) to include in our collection.
Advancement (though temporary) toward this goal was a 3 year cooperative contractual association with the Hannahville (MI) Potawatomi Cultural Center. AAPS paid for construction and installation in the “Turtle Center” of 8 vertical, white oak cabinets with glass shelves and doors to exhibit the “AAPS Collection” which displayed artifacts and various ancient items donated to AAPS over the years. The tribe generously welcomed our presence and participation in this endeavor. All donated or purchased artifacts have been catalogued in detail and are now in safe, insured, storage. This was an important collaboration to show that ancient peoples came to North America to explore and to exploit valued resources, especially Michigan copper. We continually INCLUDE involvement with the already present Natives, while “the visitors” came from and went back overseas. Some stayed. As per agreement, AAPS donated the eight white oak display cabinets to the Center, for their continued educational exhibits.
- To create educational programs that introduce the evidence of pre Columbian activities in the U.P. and its significance. For several years we offered winter-time free programs to the public at Peter White Public Library. It’s not hard to get topics and speakers. What we need is a coordinator.
- To continuously update a web site www.aapsCopper.com to educate visitors about the artifacts, their significance, and other related information, including articles by members. To offer for sale on the web site books and media that educate about pre-Columbian research.
- To educate searchers about proper archeological practices when artifacts are discovered. Such informative papers are handed out annually at each conference and Free Programs.
Furthermore, we shall provide open forum for all serious researchers, professional and amateur, who have data to share so that it may be “laid out on the table,” to see how the pieces fit with those from other researchers. We do this via our Annual International Conference on Ancient America. 2023 is our 18th conference.
Disclaimer: Though the personal views, opinions, theories and conclusions expressed by individual researchers and presenters are not necessarily endorsed by AAPS, we wish to provide an open forum, where researchers and others finding curious ancient things, feel safe and free to share without fear of ridicule or censure. Our goal at our conference is Harmony, and that is what is achieved.
Notes on the images shown in our banner: The stones are from the controversial "Burrows Cave" AKA "Embarrass Caves" of southern Illinois. We have chosen the mapstone because it represented the area of the Great Lakes and Michigan where so much ancient copper mining and trade activity has occurred. We do not claim that the stones are authentic or ancient, and do not know who made them, or when. We hold a wait-and-see position to see if those caves contain valuable artifacts and evidences, until they are examined in a legal and scientific manner. We hope to see this happen within a few years...then the truth will finally be told.
President: Glenn E DeVlaminck
Vice President/Publicity: Jo Lorichon
2nd Vice President: Ray Meininger
AV Tech: Dana Kenneth Johnson
Secretary/Conference Mgr: Judy M Johnson
Treasurer: Cinde Nichols
Education Chair: OPEN
Cultural Advisor: Ken Meshigaud (retired
Tribal chairman, Hannahville Community)
Publicity: Denise Bouschor
Committee volunteers for conferences:
Cynthia Pryor & Sue Belanger
BOARD at Large
Fred K Rydholm
Dr. Lee Pennington
Anita Meyer Charlet
Wayne May (co-sponsor of AAPS conferences and publisher of Ancient American Magazine)
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