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Our Illinois Bicentennial Story Brian Fox Ellis

Wednesday May 2 at 7:00pm

Two Faces of Illinois’ History

Spend an hour with two of the most pivotal and dynamic personalities in Illinois History.

First meet Illinois’ Territorial Governor Ninian Edwards as he speaks on his role in The War of 1812, the burning of Peoria, and the Cahokia Council with the Indians. Then hear Pottawatomie Chief Gomo as he shares his side of the story in the rescue of the French women and children of Peoria, his relationships with the other principal chiefs of this region, including Black Partridge, Tecumseh and The Prophet, and his speech responding to the Governor.

Much of the text is taken directly from the speeches these two men delivered to each other as they squared off to determine the future of this region. Storyteller, Brian” Fox” Ellis steps into each of their shoes to bring to life a controversial story in this vital moment in the birthing of Illinois. This program explores American History unvarnished and promises to inspire a lively discussion!

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The Henry Public Library is in the process of digitizing our newspaper microfilm. This will allow for easier and more efficient access both for researchers and our staff. The digitization includes making the text of the newspapers searchable. In some cases, the quality of the microfilm makes this impossible, these items are still available for viewing. The archives are available at henrypublic.advantage-preservation.com.

Currently the earliest newspaper is from 1896 and the latest is in 1965 (there are gaps - both because we have more reels to digitize and because we do not have all of the historical newspapers).

This is an ongoing project of the Henry Public Library and is being funded by donations and the Library Per Capita Grant from the Secretary of States Office.

Please call the library at 364-2516 with questions or to schedule a demonstration.

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