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September 4, 2018

Contact: Dennis Peterson
Spiro Mounds Archaeological Center, Oklahoma Historical Society
Office: 918-962-2062

Spiro Mounds Unveils New Trail Signs

SPIRO, Okla. — On Wednesday, January 24, 2018, the Spiro Mounds Development Association (SMDA) received a donation from Choctaw Nation Tourism to help with interpretive and promotional development at Spiro Mounds Archaeological Center. On August 26, 2018, the first project for this funding—replacement of the 19 trail signs at the site—was completed.

“The donation by Choctaw Nation Tourism has really been a lifesaver after many years of budget cuts,” said Dennis Peterson, manager and archaeologist at Spiro Mounds Archaeological Center. “The original fiberglass embedded signage was installed more than two decades ago and sunlight and natural corrosion had diminished the images. With the help of graphic artists at the Oklahoma Historical Society and printing done on special panels by Choctaw Printing, new signs were installed this week. This is just the first of several planned projects to enhance the visitor experience at Spiro Mounds. We are very glad that we have a partner in Choctaw Nation Tourism and a great support group like the Spiro Mounds Development Association.”

The Spiro Mounds Development Association, Inc., is a 501(c)(3) organization that helps promote and develop Spiro Mounds Archaeological Center. Memberships and information are available by contacting Spiro Mounds Archaeological Center at spiro@okhistory.org or writing SMDA at P.O. Box 624, Spiro, OK 74959. 

Spiro Mounds Archaeological Center is the only prehistoric American Indian site open to the public in Oklahoma. The center is open Wednesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday from noon to 5 p.m., and is closed for state holidays. Daily admission is $7 for adults, $5 for seniors and $4 for children older than six. The center is located three miles east of Spiro on Highway 9/271 and four miles north on Lock and Dam Road. For more information or to schedule a group or school tour, please call 918-962-2062 or email spiro@okhistory.org.

Spiro Mounds Archaeological Center is a division of the Oklahoma Historical Society. The mission of the Oklahoma Historical Society is to collect, preserve and share the history and culture of the state of Oklahoma and its people. Founded in 1893 by members of the Territorial Press Association, the OHS maintains museums, historic sites and affiliates across the state. Through its research archives, exhibits, educational programs and publications the OHS chronicles the rich history of Oklahoma. For more information about the OHS, please visit www.okhistory.org.


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