St. Charles Community College, 4601 Mid Rivers Mall Drive, Cottleville, will host events to celebrate Native American Heritage Month. “The Real Story of the First Thanksgiving” will be held on November 19 at 11 a.m., at SC Scooter’s Place. For a $5 donation or five canned goods, participants can enjoy an authentic lunch with recipes from the days of the pilgrims and learn what really happened at the first Thanksgiving. For more information, contact Kelley Pfeiffer at 636-922-8544 or [email protected].
Check out the Native American Special of the Month listings suggested by the St. Louis Public Library.
Missouri State Parks preserve sites of historic importance related to Native American cultures, including Towosahgy State Historic Site in East Prairie, where visitors can view earthen mounds built by Mississippian peoples living in Missouri between 1000 and 1400 C.E, and Trail of Tears State Park, in Jackson, where, in 1838 and 1839, thousands of Cherokee peoples crossed the Mississippi River in a forced migration from their native lands to the then newly-created Indian Territory, now Oklahoma.
Visit the only Illinois Indian Village site discovered in Missouri at Iliniwek Village State Historic Site. Visitors can pack a picnic and hike the short walking trial complete with an excavated Indian longhouse. Call 660-877-3871 for additional information.
Arrow Rock State Historic Site Visitor Center highlights the Osage and Missouri tribe presence in the area. Other nearby activities and attractions include guided town tours, camping, and dinner at J. Huston Tavern, the oldest continuously operating restaurant west of the Mississippi River. For more information visit online or call 660-837-3330.
Learn more about the Native American Community at the University of Missouri at Columbia with resources that include student organizations and research groups. Contact the Multicultural Center at 573-882-7152 or send email to [email protected].
Were your ancestors Native American? Research your family tree at the National Archives, Central Plains Region in Kansas City, 400 West Pershing Road. For hours and questions, call 816-268-8000 or e-mail [email protected].
Don’t miss the American Indian collection at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, 4525 Oak Street, Kansas City. The offerings include pottery, basketry, quill and beadwork, and sculpture. For more information, call 816-751-1278.
• Osage Indians were the first to discover a cavern they called "The Devil’s Den," which, hundreds of years later, is one of the state’s most visited underground attractions. Marvel Cave, one of the largest subterranean entry rooms in the United States is the start to the cave’s hour-long tours, which depart every half-hour from 399 Silver Dollar City Parkway, Branson. For details, call 800-831-4386.
• Imagine 18th century Osage village life in what is now a peaceful hilltop spot that once was the home of up to 3,000 Native peoples and about 200 lodges. Osage Village State Historic Site, located in Walker, features a trail and outdoor exhibits that help visitors visualize the former community. Print a site map and suggested walking tour to enhance your time at this state park. Call 417-751-3266 for details.