The Rice County Historical Society will hold its annual meeting in the Community Room of the Lyons State Bank at 7 p.m. on Monday. A brief business meeting will be conducted and followed by a presentation from Dr. Donald Blakeslee, Professor of Anthropology, Wichita State University.
He will be talking about the project WSU’s Department of Anthropology will conduct next summer in Rice County and McPherson Counties and the reasons for it. Dr. Blakeslee stated, “We know quite a bit about the proto-historic Wichitas who lived in Rice County, but recent new information has raised questions about long distance trade with the southwest, about the size of the Wichita communities, and about the meaning of the Council Circles.” Also, Dr. Blakeslee will express some of his personal ideas about the Serpent Intaglio that are a bit different from Clark Mallam’s interpretation.
Dr. Blakeslee is a well-known scholar with special interests in the archaeology and ethnohistory of the Great Plains, trade systems, native trails, and archaeological dating techniques. He received his doctoral degree in anthropology from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
For additional information about the Annual Meeting, call the Coronado Quivira Museum at (620) 257-3941.