About/Support Overview

MVAC's History

MVAC Mission

The mission of the Mississippi Valley Archaeology Center is to provide education about the science of archaeology and the ancient cultures of the upper Mississippi River Valley to the general public, educators, undergraduate students, and precollegiate students; to conduct research and exploration of archaeological sites and artifacts; to preserve archaeological artifacts of ancient cultures which flourished within the upper Mississippi Valley; and to provide a regional center to promote an understanding of the prior inhabitants of this region.

Supporting MVAC

To accomplish its mission, the Mississippi Valley Archaeology Center relies on the support of people like you.  When you become a member, or make an additional contribution to MVAC, you play a vital role in supporting our nationally recognized public education program.

Gifts to the non-profit University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Foundation for MVAC qualify as charitable tax deductions to the full extent of the law as applied to the individual circumstances of each donor.

Many employers will match gifts to non-profit organizations made by employers, retirees and spouses.  Perhaps you can increase the value of your gift through a matching gift plan.


Consider becoming a member of MVAC.  Benefits of your membership include Archaeology News, and e-News.  They will keep you posted on MVAC’s upcoming events and new discoveries.  In addition, you will receive invitations to “members only” events.

Memberships are available at the following levels:

  • Patron:  $1,000 +
  • Benefactor:  $500 – $999
  • Supporting:  $100 – $499
  • Contributing:  $50 – $99
  • Active:  $35 – $49
  • Student:  $10

Link to become a member with your online donation.

If you would prefer, you can call 608.785.8463, email mvac@uwlax.edu.

Endowment Fund

Friends of MVAC are also encouraged to consider making a donation to the MVAC Endowment Fund.  Interest earned from the endowment provides a steady base of support for our education program.  To date, more than $500,000 has been raised.

Other Giving Opportunities

  • Donate to a scholarship fund for archaeology students.
  • Make a contribution to MVAC’s Educational Endowment.
  • Make a special commitment to MVAC in the form of a planned gift.  Thoughtful financial, estate and charitable gift planning offer innovative ways to support MVAC’s future programs.

Additional Information

For additional information on membership or contributions contact Mississippi Valley Archaeology Center at:

Mississippi Valley Archaeology Center
1725 State Street
La Crosse, WI 54601
or mvac@uwlax.edu

For membership and other contributions, please make your check payable to UW-L Foundation for MVAC.