Flood Update

It’s been one week since our post announcing the museum’s closing as a result of flooding. At the time, none of our buildings were affected, but NWS predicted the flood to crest at 37.5 ft. We closed the museum and began preparing for high water immediately.

The river is currently at 37.85 ft.

Flood stage and prediction as of 3:30 pm at the Hardin gauge.

Our hope is that this is the beginning of the end of the 2019 flood, however it is possible that the rivers could begin to rise again. Here are some pictures of what’s happening in Kampsville:

CAA Museum and Maynard building during the 2019 Flood on Monday, 6 May.

The current prediction is for the flood to hang around for a few days and then begin to drain. The Mississippi River at Grafton has already crested and is draining…for now.

Let’s hope it continues to do so!


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Jane Buikstra Elected to the American Academy of Arts & Sciences!

Dr. Jane Buikstra, CAA President and newly elected member of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences.

Congratulations to Jane Buikstra on her election to the prestigious American Academy of Arts and Sciences! Jane is a member of the 239th class of new members being recognized for their achievements in science, the arts, government, and other fields. She will be inducted October 11-13, 2019 at in Cambidge, MA.

The Academy was founded in 1780 by John Adams, John Hancock, and others who believed the new republic should honor exceptionally accomplished individuals and engage them in advancing the public good. The Academy’s dual mission remains essentially the same 239 years later with honorees from increasingly diverse fields and with the work focused on the arts, democracy, education, global affairs, and science.

“With the election of these members, the Academy upholds the ideals of research and scholarship, creativity and imagination, intellectual exchange and civil discourse, and the relentless pursuit of knowledge in all its forms,” said President Oxtoby.

The new class will be inducted at a ceremony in October 2019 in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and join the company of Academy members elected before them, including Benjamin Franklin (elected 1781) and Alexander Hamilton (1791) in the eighteenth century; Ralph Waldo Emerson (1864), Maria Mitchell (1848), and Charles Darwin (1874) in the nineteenth; Albert Einstein (1924), Robert Frost(1931), Margaret Mead (1948), Milton Friedman (1959), and Martin Luther King, Jr. (1966) in the twentieth; and more recently Antonin Scalia (2003), Michael Bloomberg (2007), John Lithgow (2010), Judy Woodruff (2012), and Bryan Stevenson (2014).

Source: 2019 Members Announcement Press Release

Congrats Jane on this impressive accomplishment!

Don’t Miss Out!

Application deadlines are approaching for several opportunities. Submit your applications now so that you don’t miss out!

2018 Golden Eagle crew hard at work.

See individual program pages for details, or send us an email f you have questions.


Feed the Arkies!

We’re raising money to build a new kitchen at the Center for American Archeology! Please support our effort by donating and sharing the link to our GoFundMe.

The new kitchen will be built inside the Kampsville School.