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2013 Awards

Past Award Recipients


2013 Awards

2013 Award Ceremony

Left to Right: MVAC Director Timothy McAndrews; Award Recipients Joseph Tiffany, George Garvin, Bob Halseth, Margaret Cade, and Loren Cade




James P. Gallagher Award in Archaeology Excellence

Joseph A. Tiffany

This year MVAC’s James P. Gallagher Award for Archaeology Excellence is being given to Joseph A. Tiffany, who recently  retired from a joint position as Executive Director of MVAC and Professor of Archaeology at the University of Wisconsin–La Crosse. During Joe’s 11 years as Director, MVAC’s long list of accomplishments ranged from improving its curation capabilities to successfully completing a wide range of contract and educational projects, including receiving a 2012 Wisconsin Department of Transportation Tribal Award for Excellence for its work on Hwy. 35 in Onalaska. Joe made other significant contributions to archaeological excellence. For the past three years he served as editor of The Wisconsin Archeologist, the oldest continuously published archaeology journal in the nation, and compiled high-quality and well-received issues. He also served as president of the Wisconsin Archeological Survey, the state’s professional archaeological society, and played a key role in revising the statewide standards used in cultural resource management. In addition, he has enthusiastically continued his own research in the nearby Great Plains region, crafting high-quality studies and publications, including his popular Guide to Projectile Points of Iowa. In his retirement, Joe will undoubtedly continue to maintain the same high standards in his future research.  This award acknowledges his future endeavors as well as those conducted during his time at MVAC and UW-L.

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Regional Archaeology Award

Robert "Bob" Halseth

Bob Halseth has worked with MVAC's Regional Archaeology Program for over two decades. An avid artifact collector, Bob would often bring in artifacts he'd found in the La Crosse area for identification and to report new sites. He also introduced MVAC to several other local collectors, thereby helping us record more of western Wisconsin's Precontact heritage. Even though he lives in Madison, for many years Bob made the journey to Valley View Mall to display his collection at the Artifact Show. Bob loved explaining to the public what each artifact was and how people used it in their everyday life. He enjoyed his discussions with other collectors at the show even more! Bob is currently in the process of donating a significant part of his collection to MVAC. Materials he has donated include points, end scrapers, awls, grinding stones, stone axes, celts, and a bison scapula hoe, all in display cases he has hand crafted. Bob has also donated an exceptional modern reproduction of a stone blade with all the knapped flakes refitted, reproductions of pottery vessels, 1930s-era pipes, and numerous journals. MVAC is pleased to present Bob Halseth with this year's Regional Archaeology Award in recognition of his continued commitment to archaeology and his efforts to preserve the past.

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Archaeology Education Award

Loren and Margaret Cade


Loren and Margaret Cade have a long history of involvement with archaeology and MVAC. In 1994, MVAC awarded a Regional Archaeology award to Loren for his contributions to documenting this area’s rich cultural history. Loren’s careful recording of artifacts found on his family’s Vernon County land and his sharing of that information with archaeologists, led to listing of the 661 acre Cade Archaeological District on the National Register of Historic Places in 1988. More recently, 70 acres of the Cade District have been protected as Eagle Eye State Natural Area through a partnership between the Mississippi Valley Conservancy, MVAC, The Archaeological Conservancy, and the State of Wisconsin’s Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program. This year, MVAC’s Archaeological Education Award is being given to Loren and Margaret to recognize another major contribution: sharing their knowledge and appreciation of this region’s cultural heritage with members of the public. The Cades have hosted and participated in educational hikes and tours, public and university field schools, and other educational programs. They have had vital roles in MVAC’s National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institutes for Teachers. They have also been active participants in MVAC’s annual Artifact Show. Throughout these outreach activities, Loren has shared his knowledge of regional archaeology, traditional arrow-making and hunting techniques, and ethical collecting. Loren and Margaret are dedicated stewards of their land and its rich heritage, and they are gracious and generous in their involvement with students, professionals, and the public. We are honored to recognize their efforts by awarding them this year’s Archaeology Education Award.

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Distinguished Service Award

George Garvin

In its 31-year history, MVAC has given out only six Distinguished Service Awards, and this year we are awarding our seventh, to a very special recipient, George Garvin. George is a member of the Ho-Chunk Nation, and is the Repatriation Researcher for the Ho-Chunk Nation’s Heritage Preservation Department. For many years, George has worked on some of the most difficult and sensitive issues related to heritage preservation and archaeology, namely, those concerning burial sites, human remains, and objects of cultural patrimony. George is widely known and highly respected for this work, and his dedication is legendary, and a model for others. For those of us working at MVAC, he is a valued colleague. He has graciously shared with us his knowledge, his wisdom, and his perspective on these sensitive issues, and in doing so has changed and expanded our own perspective, contributing to better understanding, cooperation, and good will. We feel honored to be able to work with George, and we wish to honor him, in turn, by giving him this Distinguished Service award in recognition of his extraordinary accomplishments and commitment to his ongoing work.

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2013 Support and Volunteer Recognition

The following friends have providing in-kind donations and volunteer services.

Rich Althaus

James Losinski
Joe Ambrose Dan Maas
Jay Bittner Bill Meyer
Loren Cade John Morris
Steve Elwood Mark Pingel
Bill Gresens Keith Scearce
Gene Hynek Betty Steele
Jim Jordan Hoyt Strandberg
Robert Keiper Guy Wittenburg
Jeanette Laack  

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Past Award Recipients

Year James P. Gallagher Award in Archaeology Excellence
2013 Joseph A. Tiffany

A-1 Excavating, Inc.

2011 Constance M. Arzigian
2010 Prairie Sand & Gravel, Inc.
2009 James L. Theler
2008 Carole McGinley Edland
2007 Katherine Stevenson
2006 Kathleen Brosius
2005 Bill Gresens
2004 John Magerus
2003 Elmwood Partners
2002 James P. Gallagher
2001 Susan Motschman
2000 Robert Thorud
1999 Richard Hilliker
1998 Dr. Adolf Gunderson
1997 Ernie Boszhardt
1996 Frank Linder
1995 Jim Terman
1994 University of Wisconsin - La Crosse Sociology/Archaeology Department
1993 Wisconsin River Power Company
1992 Wisconsin Valley Improvement Company
1991 Gunderson Clinic
1990 United Fund for the Arts and Humanities
1989 Charles D. Gelatt
1988 Charles F. Mathy
1987 University of Wisconsin - La Crosse Foundation

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Year Regional Archaeology Award
2013 Robert "Bob" Halseth
2012 Dan and Judy Maas
2011 Mississippi Valley Conservancy
2010 Todd and Andrea Trocinski Family
2009 Robert Keiper
2008 John Ebersold
2007 James Losinski
2006 Fort Crawford Museum
2005 Mauston Panther Spirit Mound Project
2004 Steve Allen
2003 Todd Murphy
2002 Dan Wendt
2001 Bill Schneller
2000 Daniel Arnold
1999 Craig Malven
1998 Al Reed
1997 Jeff Woodward
1996 Todd Reichert
1995 LeVern DeVries
1994 Loren Cade
1993 Betty Steele
1992 Harland Stone
1991 Bill Gresens
1990 Paul Wiste
1989 Gary Steele
1988 Tim Blumentritt
1987 Steven Raith

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Year Archeology Education Award
2013 Loren and Margaret Cade
2012 Robert and Gretchen Chalsma
2011 John Morris
2010 Bill Gresens
2009 Robert "Ernie" Boszhardt
2008 James L. Theler
2007 Effigy Mounds National Monument
2006 Jim and Donna Rankin
2004 Susan Motschman
2003 LeVern DeVries
2002 James P. Gallagher
2001 Greg Walsko
2000 School on the River, Longfellow Middle School, La Crosse, Wisconsin
1999 Carol Ziff 
1998 Onalaska Middle School - 6th Grade Teachers
1997 Betty Hembd-Steele
1996 City of La Crosse Park and Recreation Department
1995 La Crosse North Woods Elementary School
1994 Marilyn Van Wyk
1993 Cooperative Educational Service Agency District #4
1992 La Crosse School District

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Year Special Awards
2013 Distinguished Service Award: George Garvin
2007 Distinguished Service Award: Dairyland Power Cooperative
2006 Common Ground Award: Chloris Lowe
2005 Common Ground Award:  Jay Toth
2004 Distinguished Service Award: John and Otto Swennes
2003 Distinguished Service Award: Jason Gilman
2001 Common Ground Award:  Ho Chunk Historic Preservation Office
Distinguished Service Award: City of La Crosse
1999 Special Award:  Connie Arzigian
Distinguished Service Awards:  Timme, Inc., and Mead and Hunt, Inc.
1998 Common Ground Award:  Mitchel Red Cloud Jr.
Distinguished Service Awards:  Dean Wilder and Paul Stoelting
1997 Salute: Jim Gallagher
1995 Salute: Bill Gresens
1994 Salute: Jim Theler

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