November 6th Program – Hunting Wild Mushrooms

Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail you. Frank Lloyd Wright

Shannon Pump joins us this month to share her knowledge about the hunt for mushrooms. Shannon will talk about 12 different species of edibles, their relationship with tree species, the poisonous look-alikes, some dos and don’ts of collection and storage methods of preservation and the medicine of mushrooms. Her program is designed to give enthusiasts a jumping-off point on hunting for consumption.

Shannon Pump has been picking wild mushrooms since she was a child. She is a part time naturalist and a commercial picker with a combined education in plants, trees and fungi. She has worked in landscaping and owned a tropical plants and atriums service business. Her fascination with mushrooms has followed her in all her endeavors, she currently teaches classes and does private and public hikes for mushrooms in the Door County and Eastern Wisconsin area.

Niles Historical & Cultural Center is about a tenth of a mile Southeast from the Golf-Mill Shopping center. The former sheriff’s office has parking behind the building. The meeting room is on the third floor and is accessible by elevator as well as a large staircase. Restrooms are available on first and third floors. A museum volunteer will open the building for us this evening. For public transport from the city, take the Blue Line to the Jefferson Park CTA Station, from there it is 20 minutes on the PACE #270 bus to Milwaukee and Elizabeth. The museum is open to the public Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 10:30 AM to 3:00 PM.

MUSEUM TOUR: Come early for a narrated tour of the museum. The tour will begin at 6:30pm; 1 hour before our IMA meetings on all of the days we have meetings there. So, if you cannot make the tour for the next meeting, maybe you can make it for a later IMA meeting date. No worries, if you get there a little late, we will direct you to where the tour has progressed. The tour is FREE. Niles Historical and Cultural Center is a 501 (C3) non-profit, any small donations are gladly accepted. You will not be disappointed you came a little early to make time for the tour.


Niles Historical Society
8970 Milwaukee Avenue
Niles, IL 60714

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