Saturday, November 20, 2004
Dear fellow researchers, friends, and newcomers to this newly-
created Internet `meeting place' called Ancient Waterways
I apologize for a slow response following the establishment by Stan
Rehm (MinnesotaStan) of the new Ancient Waterways Society web page.
One of my twins sons (Stephen) was married last weekend in
Minneapolis, I was in Madison mid-week, and am needing to maintain
twelve hour work days until August 31st on an Americorps assignment.
Wednesday, November 17th, Fred Rydholm (retired educator, former
three-time mayor of Marquette, Michigan, historian, author,
diffusionist researcher), UW Madison professor-Emeritus Jim
Scherz, author-researcher David Hoffman, retired educator Laurie
Zei, and I drove to Madison to attend the monthly meeting of the
Ancient Earthworks Society where Fred was guest speaker. Prior to
the meeting we visited several effigy mounds on the grounds at
Mendota State Hospital with Jim Scherz who is one of the founders of
the Ancient Earthworks Society. We also toured effigy and linear
mounds at a sacred site within Madison's Arboretum and provided
ancient teachings by Iroquois guide, Larry Johns, former student and
longtime friend of Dr. Scherz.
At dinner prior to the Ancient Earthworks Society meeting we met
Stan Rehm, a retired physician from Minnesota who generously
offered to set up a web page for an Internet-based "Ancient
Waterways Society" which several of us loosely affiliated
ourselves with so as to constantly consider ancient waterwau
passageways, shorelines, and waterlevels when doing diffusionist
research. Please read Stans's initial five postings and sound
suggestions for the new, no-cost web site, feel free to sign on as a
`member', and add your own postings, related links, chat
discussions, photos, data, etc. To vary a bit from the fine Pre-
Columbian Inscriptions site and other organizations, I suggest
Ancient Waterways Society include, yet extend beyond
"Pre-Columbian" and the Americas and include consideration of the
global impacts of ancient diffusion and trade between continents. In
so doing, our site would be enhanced by input from correspondents
living outside the Americas.
It is my hope this site will promote correspondence, field trips,
and even intercontinental travel along what were once ancient
waterway highways. I hope Ancient Waterways Society encourages a
friendly, intercontinental `membership' akin to the worldwide
tradition, freedom of passage, and spirit of what is
termed "international waters".
Please pass on the url address of our new Ancient Waterways Society
web page to others who might enjoy and add to the idea and substance
of an intercommunicative, intercontinental Internet 'meeting place'
to promote discussions and research along some of the guidelines
suggested by Stan who researched some related groups. Again, please
check out his letters, introduce yourselves within the site, and
feel free to add input.
The web page of Ancient Waterways Society is: .
It is my hope Ancient Waterways Society will not be competitive with
nor in opposition to other affiliations nor individuals, and a free
flow of ideas and mutual respect will transpire between members.
Thank you, Stan for starting this link and ask you to stay on with
us, as time allows you. Hopefully there is interest in this link,
and good, solid research as well as powerful friendships and
associations with other groups will transpire through our
M. Susan English .....connecting people to people and to resources
Ancient Waterways Society