ESRARA welcomed 43 members from ten different states for its 2022 Conference in Missouri and Illinois. The three-day conference (October 6th, 7th, and 8th) turned out to be a huge success.
Thursday evening, October 6th, was our Welcome Reception at the conference hotel, The Clayton Plaza Hotel in St. Louis. Attendees picked up their name tags, T-shirts, commemorative canvas bag, and program.
Friday morning, October 7th, bright and early, attendees boarded a 50-passenger Wind-Star bus for a tour of two petroglyph sites in southeast Missouri. The bus ride allowed for lively conversation, laughter, and interesting personal petroglyph histories (answering the question, how did you first become interested in rock art?).
Saturday morning, October 8th, we gathered in the Sutton conference room at the hotel for a short business meeting, followed by 13 presentations on rock art research by 13 of our attendees. The keynote was presented by Jim Duncan, who gave an overview of Picture Cave, ending with the note that since it had been auctioned off to the highest bidder by the landowner, it has been placed on the top 11 Most Endangered Sites in North America by the National Trust for Historic Preservation!
We thank all those who made the trip to St. Louis to attend our 2022 Eastern States Rock Art Conference. We look forward to seeing everyone at our next biennial in 2024. The plan is to hold the 2024 Conference in Pennsylvania, by the kind offer of attendee Kenneth Burket.
Read more and see the photos in the Winter 2022-23 ESRARA newsletter.