PRINCETON — The Princeton Public Library will host Michael Kohr, Bureau County Board member and Selby Township clerk, at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Kohr will speak on the history of travel in Illinois before settlement. The Illinois River and the Galena Trail were Native American byways long before the arrival of European scouts and settlers. Kohr’s interest in Native American history and culture began as a young boy, fostered by years in the Scounting movement and by his mother, who encouraged him to read Dee Brown’s ground-breaking “Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee.”
Since 1994, he has spoken at local schools and civic organizations and he has published articles on Native history and interest in a number of Native oriented papers and publications, including, “Indian Country Today,” “The Lakota Times,” “The Lakota Journal,” “Native American Smoke Signals,” “In the Spirit of Crazy Horse” and others.
All programs at the library are free and open to all. The library is located at 698 E. Peru St. in Princeton. For more information, visit www.theprincetonlibrary.org or call 815-875-1331.
“Journey Stories” has been made possible at the Princeton Public Library by the Illinois Humanities Council, and is part of Museum on Main Street, a collaboration between the Smithsonian Institution and State Humanities Councils nationwide. Support for Museum on Main Street has been provided by the United States Congress. The “Journey Stories” exhibition continues at the library through Dec. 29.