Potawatomi Removals in 1837

Wednesday, August 15, 2018 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Location: 

  • Research & Collections Center, Springfield

Event Venue: 

Special Programs Room

Event Audience: 

Adult
Teen

Fee: 

Free, donations appreciated

Brown Bag Program presented by George Godfrey 

In the early 1800s, the presence of the Potawatomi tribe and its desire to maintain control of ancestral lands, was seen as an impediment to growth by the newly-minted State of Illinois. Finally, combination of sociological, political, and cultural differences and weather-related factors led to the removal of the Potawatomi from Great Lakes region. Though the removal efforts took several decades, two occurred in 1837: one from north central Indiana and one that started in southwestern Michigan. The latter became more populated with Illinois Potawatomi than Potawatomi from Michigan. Current research on this removal and its route, which led to both eastern Kansas and western Iowa, will be shown and discussed. 

Bring your lunch and join us for a different speaker and topic on the third Wednesday of each month. Brown Bag Lectures are held at the ISM Research & Collections Center at 1011 E. Ash St. in Springfield.* For additional information, please contact events@illinoisstatemuseum.org or (217) 558-6696. 

*The Collections Center cannot currently be reached from Ash St. due to construction. You can access the facility's entrance on 10 1/2 St. from Laurel St. 

George Godfrey

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