Thursday, September 07, 2006

Dickson Mounds plans revitalization
Dickson Mounds Museum Director Michael Wiant plans the ultimate expansion of the facility - one in which there are no walls at all.

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When the museum's centerpiece burial exhibit was open, attendance at Dickson Mounds was steady. It was closed in 1992 in response to an outcry from the local American Indian community that the open display of human remains was disrespectful.
In the decades leading up to the closure of the burial, about 70,000 people visited the museum annually. Now that figure lingers between 30,000 and 35,000, Wiant said.

Sad, but true. Well, maybe not "sad" exactly, but people are fascinated by skeletons and mummies. Hopefully, they'll be able to make up for it.