In July, 1840, New York writer Eliza Steele traveled by stagecoach from Chicago, through Cook, DuPage, Will, Kendall, and LaSalle Counties, to Peru where she boarded a river packet to the Mississippi. Recounted in her 1841 book, “A Summer Journey in the West,” she provides vivid details of the people, and of the prairie, on the cusp of disappearing under settler’s plow. Join Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie, USDA, Forest Service Archaeologist Joe Wheeler as we retrace her journey, and also try to determine what her account can tell us about restoring the tallgrass prairie to “The Prairie State” today. Registered participants will receive a unique Zoom link to access the program. Hosted by the Oswegoland Heritage Association in partnership with the Oswegoland Park District. Suitable for ages 16+. Free. Pre-registration through the Oswegoland Park District, program #20368.
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