Fort St. Joseph Archaeological Project 

Fort St. Joseph was a mission, garrison and international trading post occupied from 1691 to 1781. The Fort St. Joseph Archaeological Project is a partnership between Western Michigan University, the City of Niles,  Support the Fort, Inc., and other community groups.  Interested? Join us at one of our public events during our field season!

With Covid-19 safety plans in place, Fort St. Joseph Curatorial Fellow and Field Director, Erika Hartley, will lead a group of Western Michigan University field school students in excavations at the site this summer!

SUMMER CAMPS:  The 2021 Fort St. Joseph Archaeology Summer Camp Program will be entirely virtual.  Click the links below to register online. 

Cost: $100; Need-based scholarships available 

2021 Fort St. Joseph Archaeology Virtual Camp dates:
Middle School (entering grades 6-8): July 19-23 
High School (entering grades 9-12): July 26-30 
Lifelong Learners and Educators: August 2-6


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Lecture Series:  Check back for information on the 2021 Summer Lecture Series 


Fort St. Joseph Archaeology Project Annual Open House - Check back for information on the 2021 Open House. 

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For information about WMU, the Project or archaeology at Fort St. Joseph:

Michael Nassaney, Ph.D
Principal Investigator, Fort St. Joseph Archaeology Program
Professor, Department of Anthropology
Western Michigan University
Western Michigan University Institute for Intercultural and Anthropological Studies