The Verona Area Historical Society
Verona, Wisconsin
"Celebrating the story of Hometown U.S.A."

Check out our ongoing cemetery restoration project: Bringing Their Stones Home

Next VAHS Events: All events are free and open to the public!

*Saturday 1/20/17, 10:00am: "A Hundred Thousand Years, Give or Take", with guests John Hawks.  Verona Senior Center.

What does Verona, Wisconsin have in common with the bottom of a remote South African cave?  The answer is professor John Hawks!  This Verona resident spends part of the year teaching in the UW's Anthropology department, and the other part about as far away in space and time as one could get:  8,600 miles and 300,000 years, give or take.
    John has taught Anthropology at the UW for about 15 years.  Part of his work involves traveling and studying sites related to the study of human evolution and our early ancestors.  In 2013, he and a team of colleagues gained worldwide attention for their work discovering and studying a large collection of bones deep in a South African cave referred to as the "Rising Star" Cave.  This discovery has the potential to change and inform our future understanding of human evolution.
    Come and enjoy discovering how one of our Verona neighbors is traveling and doing work recognized by the scientific community around the world.  John will talk about his experiences and give us some insights into the exciting study of human evolution.

(Pictured:  A collection of  bones from the newly discovered "Homo naledi" species from the Rising Star Cave.  Photo from the Lee Roger Berger Research Team. )

About the Verona Area Historical Society:

President - Jesse Charles
Vice President - Art Cresson
Secretary - Ruth Jensen
Treasurer - Beverly Beyers
Board:  Lisa Olmsted

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