Michael Betsinger is from Apple Valley, MN, just south of Minneapolis/St. Paul. He attended Minnesota State University of Moorhead (MSUM) for his undergraduate degree in anthropology with an emphasis in archaeology. Along the way, he also acquired a certificate for GIS. During his time at MSUM, he worked primarily on prehistoric sites throughout the Red River Valley for CRM and academic projects with his adviser. As part of a large scale project for the construction of a walking path in Moorhead, Michael and his advisor recovered thousands of artifacts deposited by the Midway Saloon from 1891-1915. Since then, he has been fascinated with the study of this period, saloons, and alcohol consumption within the United States. He plans to continue his research on Moorhead Saloons while at the University of Maryland. Outside of research and schoolwork, Michael enjoys spending time fishing, kayaking, biking, hiking, and taking photos. 

Areas of Interest

  • Historical Archaeology
  • History of Alcohol and Drinking
  • Saloons, Taverns, and Bars
  • U.S. Prohibition
  • Illicit Activity
  • Labor History
  • Landscapes
  • Cultural Resource Management


  • Degree Type
    Degree Details
    Anthropology with an emphasis in archaeology, Minnesota State University of Moorhead, 2019
  • Degree Type
    Degree Details
    Geographic Information Systems, Minnesota State University of Moorhead, 2019
Research Topics
Betsinger, Michael
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Department of Anthropology
mikebets [at] umd.edu
Office Hours
Tuesday and Thursday 2-3 pm or by appointment