Released August 9, 2017

Angel Mounds to host ‘Solar Eclipse Viewing Party’


Contact: Elizabeth Bostelman, 812.853.3956, [email protected]

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – The public is invited to attend a Solar Eclipse Viewing Party on Monday, Aug. 21 from noon to 2 p.m. at Angel Mounds State Historic Site.

According to the NASA Total Solar Eclipse Interactive Map, Angel Mounds State Historic Site will be at 98.99 percent obscuration, which is the fraction of the sun’s area covered by the moon. The site will remain open through the duration of the solar eclipse. There will also be eclipse-themed activities for guests to enjoy.

“We’re very excited to share this rare occurrence with the public at a place where the sun and moon were very important to those who originally inhabited the site,” said Mike Linderman, Angel Mounds State Historic Site manager. “A total eclipse of the sun would have been an enormous event in their lives.”

Demonstrations include a Moon Crater Experiment where visitors will learn how moon craters are created by throwing marbles into moon sand and an activity featuring Solar System Geography where visitors will create their own solar eclipse model and learn why the United States will not witness another total solar eclipse until 2024.

Admission is $5 per person and proper eyewear will be provided. T-shirts to commemorate the event will also be available for $15 each.

For more information, please contact Elizabeth Bostelman, Angel Mounds State Historic Site program developer at 812.853.3956 or [email protected].

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Angel Mounds State Historic Site is located in southern Indiana in Evansville. Part of the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites, Angel Mounds was a thriving ancient metropolis for Mississippian Indians more than 500 years ago. Today, it is an important site for excavation and research on one of Indiana’s native cultures. For more information, call 812.853.3956 or visit