Annual Meeting

Sunday March 19th, 2017 – 12:30 to 3:00 pm

Featuring a presentation from archaeologist Paul Reckner on the “History of the Sugar River”

Delphi Room on the Campus of Epic Systems in Verona, WI

Everyone is invited to attend the Upper Sugar River Watershed Association’s Annual Meeting on Sunday March 19, 2017 beginning at 12:30 pm.  The event will be hosted on the campus of Epic Systems in Verona in the Delphi Room, with parking located in the Tent Lot across from the Delphi Room.  Map of Epic Systems campus

2017’s annual meeting will feature a presentation of the history of the Sugar River by archaeologist Paul Reckner from the Wisconsin Historical Society-Museum Archaeology Program.

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Recent dig along Highway 69 near Paoli

The areas we now know as the Verona and Montrose Townships have been home to humans since the glaciers of the last major period of glacial advance began to recede between 12,000 and 10,000 years ago. The rich and diverse landscape they left behind in the Upper Sugar River Watershed has attracted people to the area ever since; high ridges and bedrock outcrops, prairie-covered terraces, rich floodplains, extensive wetlands, plentiful natural springs, and of course the Sugar River itself. This landscape has supported a wide range of human communities over the millennia, and all of these groups have left behind distinct traces.

The recent archaeological survey of the State Highway 69 corridor between Verona and Belleville has uncovered evidence of this deep history, from the first Paleo-Indian hunting bands to early nineteenth-century homesteaders. This talk presents some of the initial results of this ongoing research, and an overview of the geological and cultural history that makes the Upper Sugar River Watershed such a unique place.

Members and non-members of USRWA are invited to attend. Refreshments will be provided by Tuvalu Coffeehouse & Gallery in Verona

Annual Meeting Schedule:

12:30 pm: Sign in and reception begins with refreshments from Tuvalu Coffeehouse & Gallery

1:00 pm: Annual review of the Upper Sugar River Watershed Association

1:30 pm: Candle on the Water award recipient, Board of Directors voting

1:50 pm: Break

2:00 pm: “History of the Sugar River” by Paul Reckner, archaeologist from the Wisconsin Historical Society

2:50 pm: Question and answer session

3:00 pm: Adjurn