Please join the Friends of the Chicago Portage on Saturday, March 7th, 2015, for the 3rd in their “Women of Early Chicago” series for 2015, “Rising Up! Women at the Birth of Chicago!!” Ann Durkin Keating, professor of history at North Central College in Naperville IL and one of the co-editors of the acclaimed Encyclopedia of Chicago, will talk about several of the women she wrote about in her recent book, Rising up from Indian Country: The Battle of Fort Dearborn and the Birth of Chicago (2012).
Meet Archange Ouilmette, who grew up in a Potawatomi village in the Calumet area and who helped anchor the trading outpost at Chicago with her husband Antoine Ouilmette from the 1790’s to the 1830’s. Seen thru her eyes, early Chicago was an island in the midst of Indian country! Professor Keating will introduce you to Archange’s neighbors including Catherine, wife of Jean Baptiste Point du Sable, Elanor, wife of John Kinzie and the wives of US soldiers at Chicago, including Rebekah Wells Heald, Margaret Helm, and Martha Leigh.
The presentation will be held at the Village of Lyons Community Center 4200 South Lawndale in southwest suburban Lyons Illinois.60534. Free and open to the public, the program begins at 1:00 P.M and will conclude before 3:00 PM. Groups should RSVP by calling 773-590-0710. Free parking will be available in the north lot.
This is a must see event for history lovers, educators, tour guides, and anyone else who communicates the stories of Chicago to others. For a complete listing of the 2015 lecture series please check www.chicagoportage.org
Friends of the Chicago Portage promotes the historic interpretation, ecological restoration and appropriate development of the Chicago Portage National Historic Site through volunteer advocacy, public events and other projects that raise public awareness of the site’s history and significance.