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    • October 16, 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Mendota State Mental Institute, Administration Bldg Parking lot at 301 Troy Drive, Madison
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    Registration will open September 18

    Free to PLATO members and guests.

    Registration is recommended.




    Our Tour Guide: PLATO member and Madison Trust for Historic Preservation docent Teri Venker.  Teri has a lifelong interest in history and has been reading Native American history for over 30 years.

    Indigenous Earthworks

    We know pre-historic people greatly valued our Four Lakes (DeJope) area, because they built roughly 1,200 effigy (animal/spirit-shaped) and other mounds on the high grounds overlooking the lakes starting about 800 BC. While the vast majority was destroyed through development, Madison Trust for Historic Preservation docent Teri Venker will lead us on a two-mile walk where she will help us see remaining conical, linear, and effigy mounds. She will also share the fascinating background of the indigenous people who lived, traded, hunted and fished the shores of Lake Mendota going back 10,000 years. By the end, you will know what to look for in finding the indigenous earthworks that we so often overlook in our midst.


    The Walk

    We will walk on relatively flat paths and roadway surfaces with some stretches of slight elevation will lead us to two outstanding Mound groupings..

    Optional Tour

    We will have an opportunity to be introduced to Governors Island as it adjoins the Institute property.  If time permits, we will walk onto the Island for some discovery.

    Accessibility:
    A three mile walk along a roadway and lawn makes this walk one of the more accessible we'll offer this year.

    Microphone:

    Our leader will have a microphone along to assist in delivering her message clearly as possible.

    Driving and Parking Information:

    Take highway 113 heading out of Madison.  Turn left onto Troy Drive and another left onto  Main Drive (Mendota Mental Health Institute Grounds).  Set back on the right is the Administration building.  Park in this lot under the shade trees, if possible..

    The trailhead begins at the  parking lot in front of the main Administration building on the grounds of the Mendota Mental Health Institute.

    We'll walk from there, mainly on road but at some points we will be on lawns, which may still be wet with dew at that time of day.




    • October 18, 2019
    • 11:30 AM - 1:15 PM
    • Oro's Executive Dining Room, 1st Floor, Fluno Center, 601 University Avenue
    • 24


    PLATO Lunch Group prior to Global Hotspots

    Reservations 

    Beginning at 11:30 am, we'll meet at Oro's Executive Dining Room on the first floor of the Fluno Center.  Ask for the PLATO table. 

    Please call ahead to let them know the dates that you plan to dine at the PLATO table.  Oro's staff appreciate knowing roughly how many people are coming so they can set aside tables for us.  For reservations call

    Tivvi Mauer at 

    (608) 441-7310 

    or contact the dining room 

    directly at (608) 441-7101.

    The Oros Executive Dining Room is open to the public and offers a buffet lunch serving locally fresh and sustainable seasonal fare. "Be sure to save room for our delectable house-made dessert selections". 

    The weekly luncheon menu can be found at LUNCH MENU.

    Following lunch, we will proceed to the Lecture Hall to attend the Global Hotspots Lecture, also on the first floor, across from the restaurant.  Most lectures are very popular and fill up the auditorium by 1:15 pm.  Please allow enough time to find seating.   

    REMINDER: Global Hotspots Lectures are offered by the UW Alumni Association and require a registration to ensure seating.  Sign-up through the UW Alumni Association: 

    Registration

     

     

    • November 15, 2019
    • 11:30 AM - 1:15 PM
    • Oro's Executive Dining Room, 1st Floor, Fluno Center, 601 University Avenue
    • 24


    PLATO Lunch Group prior to Global Hotspots

    Reservations 

    Beginning at 11:30 am, we'll meet at Oro's Executive Dining Room on the first floor of the Fluno Center.  Ask for the PLATO table. 

    Please call ahead to let them know the dates that you plan to dine at the PLATO table.  Oro's staff appreciate knowing roughly how many people are coming so they can set aside tables for us.  For reservations call

    Tivvi Mauer at 

    (608) 441-7310 

    or contact the dining room 

    directly at (608) 441-7101.

    The Oros Executive Dining Room is open to the public and offers a buffet lunch serving locally fresh and sustainable seasonal fare. "Be sure to save room for our delectable house-made dessert selections". 

    The weekly luncheon menu can be found at LUNCH MENU.

    Following lunch, we will proceed to the Lecture Hall to attend the Global Hotspots Lecture, also on the first floor, across from the restaurant.  Most lectures are very popular and fill up the auditorium by 1:15 pm.  Please allow enough time to find seating.   

    REMINDER: Global Hotspots Lectures are offered by the UW Alumni Association and require a registration to ensure seating.  Sign-up through the UW Alumni Association: 

    Registration

     

     

    • December 06, 2019
    • 11:30 AM - 1:15 PM
    • Oro's Executive Dining Room, 1st Floor, Fluno Center, 601 University Avenue
    • 24


    PLATO Lunch Group prior to Global Hotspots

    Beginning at 11:30 am, we'll meet at Oro's Executive Dining Room on the first floor of the Fluno Center.  Ask for the PLATO table. 

    Please call ahead to let them know the dates that you plan to dine at the PLATO table.  Oro's staff appreciate knowing roughly how many people are coming so they can set aside tables for us.  For reservations call

    Tivvi Mauer at 

    (608) 441-7310 

    or contact the dining room 

    directly at (608) 441-7101.

    The Oros Executive Dining Room is open to the public and offers a buffet lunch serving locally fresh and sustainable seasonal fare. "Be sure to save room for our delectable house-made dessert selections". 

    The weekly luncheon menu can be found at LUNCH MENU.

    Following lunch, we will proceed to the Lecture Hall to attend the Global Hotspots Lecture, also on the first floor, across from the restaurant.  Most lectures are very popular and fill up the auditorium by 1:15 pm.  Please allow enough time to find seating.   

    REMINDER: Global Hotspots Lectures are offered by the UW Alumni Association and require a registration to ensure seating.  Sign-up through the UW Alumni Association: 

    Registration

     

     


 

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