THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Archaeologist Speaker on Name "Peshtigo" Sept. 12
Issue Date: September 7, 2016
The Peshtigo Historical Society will sponsor a presentation by archaeologist Dave Overstreet on the history of the occupation of Peshtigo Point from the time of the prehistoric Menominee Indian through early European settlement of the site. The program will be held on Monday, Sept. 12 at 6:30 p.m. at the Drees Community Center. It is open to the public free of charge. Persons can speak with Overstreet at a coffee social following the presentation.
Among topics to be discussed are derivation of the name "Peshtigo". The early Indian settlement on Peshtigo Point was called "Usakewik" which means "village at the mouth of the river." The name "Peshtigo" is itself derived from the Menominee word "Apasitigo", but the meaning of this name is lost.
Overstreet is a retired professor from Marquette University in Milwaukee and since 2002 has been a consultant for the Menominee Indian Nation.