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Chicago Historian and Professor Revisits the Battle of Fort Dearborn at the GE History Center

Sunday, January 26, beginning at 2:00 PM, the Glen Ellyn Historical Society presents historian and  Professor Ann Durkin Keating in a discussion about the Fort Dearborn Massacre and information in her book, “Rising Up From Indian Country.”  The Glen Ellyn History Center at 800 N. Main Street is the location for this program.  Keating is a professor of history at North Central College in Naperville.  She is co-editor of ‘The Encyclopedia of Chicago’ and has authored several books including ‘Chicagoland: City and Suburbs in the Railroad Age,’ ‘Chicago Neighborhoods and Suburbs: A Historical Guide’  and ‘Rising Up From Indian Country.’  

     In August 1812, under threat from the Potawatomi Indians, Captain Nathan Heald began the evacuation of ninety-four people from the isolated outpost of Fort Dearborn to Fort Wayne, hundreds of miles away. They were attacked by 500 Potawatomi warriors and in under an hour, 52 members of Heald’s party were killed and the rest were taken prisoner.  “These events are now seen as a foundational moment in Chicago’s storied past,” stated Keating.  She discusses the 1795 Treaty of Greenville in which Native Americans gave up a square mile at the mouth of the Chicago River as well as the 1833 Treaty of Chicago when the American government and the Potowatomi exchanged five million acres of land west of the Mississippi River for a tract of land  the same size in northeast Illinois and southeast Wisconsin.

     Admission to this GEHS program is $5 for GEHS members, $7 for non-members, students are free.  Tickets are available at Stacy’s Corners Store, 800 N. Main Street, Glen Ellyn.  For information contact Jan Shupert-Arick, Executive Director at 630-469-1867 x 101, director@GlenEllynHistory.org. or visit www.GlenEllynHistory.org.  Stacy’s Corners Store will be open Sun. Jan 26 from 1-5 PM on the day of the program.  


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