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Monday night program to feature Tiskilwa’s role in early Bureau County

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The traditional dwelling of the Potawatomi of this area was similar to this Algonquian summer house, made of saplings, bark and reeds. At Tiskilwa's Museum on Main, young visitors enjoy crawling in and out of a similar wigwam, made in 2009 by our local Boy Scout troop. (Photo from National Archives).

TISKILWA — Almost 200 years ago, the first European settlers were moving to this frontier where the Potawatomi had a long-established home. What happened next?

On Monday evening, Carolyn Workman of Princeton will guide her audience along a pictorial journey through the county’s early history, with a special focus on Tiskilwa’s role from the 1800s to the 1840s. Hosted by the Tiskilwa Historical Society, the program begins at 7 p.m. in the Museum on Main, 110 E. Main St., Tiskilwa.

A history buff and past president of the Bureau County Historical Society, Workman has put together a story of the sights and legends of the European settlers as well as Native Americans who found a good home in the countryside’s fertile land and plentiful water sources.

Workman’s family roots in Tiskilwa go deep into the village’s history, with the early 1840s arrival of her ancestor, John Stevens, in the “Gem of the Valley.” Her great-great grandparents and their sons, Calvin and B.N., kept a large general store on the northwest corner of Main and Galena Streets in the days when boardwalks were a practical solution to dirt roads that frequently turned into mud.

The historical society welcomes community members of all ages to attend this program at the Museum on Main. Following the program, refreshments will be served in the museum’s galleries. There is no admission charge and the museum is handicapped accessible.


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