The Archaeological Institute of America (AIA)-Milwaukee Society is one of 110 local societies throughout the United States and Canada, with two in Europe. The AIA-Milwaukee Society was founded in 1968 and now has a membership of almost 100. Each year between September and May the Milwaukee Society sponsors at least six lectures by professional archaeologists who are eager to share the results of their fieldwork and research with the general public. Three of these lectures are provided annually by the international AIA office and are funded through membership dues and contributions. At least three additional lectures and occasional other programs or field trips are organized locally. All of our lectures are free and open to the public. All lectures are illustrated and intended for a general audience.
Members of the international AIA may elect to join the Milwaukee Society at no extra charge. Membership privileges include subscriptions to AIA’s colorful, popular, and informative Archaeology Magazine, as well as to the national and local newsletters. Members are eligible to participate in the Annual Meeting and register at a discount, and may take part in national and local governance and other volunteer opportunities, and they receive all mailings and announcements by the Milwaukee Society. Members are also eligible for discounts on locally sponsored field trips, tours, and may purchase print or online subscriptions to the AIA’s prestigious scholarly journal, The American Journal of Archaeology, at discounted rates.
AIA members have the satisfaction of joining with over 200,000 others in supporting the AIA’s mission to promote archaeological inquiry and public understanding of the material record of the human past to foster an appreciation of diverse cultures and our shared humanity. The AIA supports archaeologists, their research and its dissemination, and the ethical practice of archaeology. The AIA educates people of all ages about the significance of archaeological discovery and advocates the preservation of the world’s archaeological heritage.
Twice a year the Milwaukee Society publishes a local members-only newsletter called The Artifact which includes notices of upcoming events, previews of forthcoming lectures, reports from the field by our professional members, news from the Central Office, Fieldwork Opportunities and other items of interest to our members. If you have news items you would like to share with the members of the local society, please send them along to Jane C. Waldbaum.
AIA-Milwaukee Society By-Laws (pdf 20k)