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"Poling down the Kankakee River" 

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Map to Collier Lodge site

June 18, 2011: Collier Lodge archaeological dig site cleanup.  Good opportunity for new dig volunteers to meet past dig workers!


July 5th - July 22nd, 2011: Collier Lodge archaeological dig 2011. Dig information and application page


August 27 & 28, 2011: Aukiki River Festival More information....   Updated


September13, 2011: KVHS general meeting (open to the public) at 6:30 at the Kouts Library (101 E. Daumer Rd).

Program: Rita Duncan will do a presentation on Joseph Bailly (1774-1835): French fur trapper of Northwest Indiana. Rita Duncan, historical genealogical researcher for the Native American Nations of the Great Lakes Region will present a historical view of the lives of Native-American families of metis origin. Presenting a historical view of the Joseph Bailly homestead located within the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. The presentation will include his fur trading records, birth records, marriage records, family and homestead pictures, land records, school records, treaties and much more. This will be the first time these records have been presented for public view. These records will give us an idea of life in Indiana from 1820 to 1835 of French-Canadian and Native-American family life.

KVHS Highlight Section

2010 Aukiki River Festival video

2011 Collier Lodge dig t-shirt design 

2011 Collier Lodge excavation plan .pdf

Collier Lodge 2006-2009 archaeological dig excavation report .pdf (11 MB)

2011 Collier Lodge Dig news articles

Kankakee Valley Historical Society YouTube video link

Collier Lodge dig animal bones poster by Caitlin Monesmith  

2010 Aukiki River Festival photo gallery and news articles  

2010 Collier Lodge Dig Pictures  

2010 Collier Lodge Archaeological dig plan

2010 Collier Lodge archaeological dig articles

2010 Collier Lodge Dig T-shirt design


2009 Aukiki River Festival video 

2009 Aukiki River Festival Photo Gallery and News Articles Page

2009 Aukiki River Festival  Page  

2008 Aukiki River Festival Page  

"The Times" video link to Range Line Rd. Bridge #2 story  

Lake County Bridge #2 KVHS webpage  

KVHS T-shirt design and pricing  Collier Lodge t-shirt design by Wayne Cooper and Aukiki River Festival t-shirt added     

 Dunn's Bridge & Milford, IL Bridge

Revised KVHS bylaws


Kankakee River Potpourri  

Stories of the people, places and mystery's of the Kankakee River

Of Special Interest:

Porter County Sherriff David Lain historic police equipment collection pictures and video link 

Collier Lodge Restoration Images

Map showing location of Collier Lodge  

Collier family and early Collier Lodge pictures  

Archival Pictures of Baum's Bridge Hunt Clubs  

Our Kankakee Adventure-- by Joseph A. Singler  

The Kankakee in the Old Days--by Dr. F E Ling

They Say the Kankakee is Coming Back -- William Bridges  

The Kankakee "Marsh" of Northern Indiana and Illinois permission from "The Glenn A. Black Laboratory of Archaeology" 

An Anthropological Report on the Indians of the Kankakee River permission from "The Glenn A. Black Laboratory of Archaeology"