TISKILWA — The Tiskilwa Historical Society will celebrate its 13th anniversary Sunday, July 14, with a Native American program and an old-fashioned picnic.
As part of its continuing efforts to mix education with entertainment and socializing, the Tiskilwa Historical Society invites the community to come on down and be part of the fun.
Beginning at 4 p.m. in the Community Room at Tiskilwa’s Museum on Main, the Rev. Dan Lybarger will be presenting a program of Native American history, music and storytelling, based on his own Cherokee and Ojibwe heritage, in a program that promises to be both engaging and informative.
In addition to projecting images that highlight customs and stories, Rev. Dan will also share his research about the U.S. government’s removal of the Potawatomi people from this area in 1836 and 1837. On their way to assigned land on the Western frontier, the Potawatomi passed through Princeton, Tiskilwa and Boyd’s Grove, gathering more kinsmen as they traveled. According to Mary B. Steimle’s “When Tiskilwa Was Young,” Tiskilwa’s tribe made a final visit to their dead at the Indian Mounds, falling on their knees and chanting to the Great Spirit, before loading their ponies and singing a farewell song through their tears.
Rev. Dan will also be playing a wooden flute and explaining its importance in the Cherokee and Ojibwe cultures. As pastor of Peoria’s Native American Church (Dayspring United Methodist Church) prior to his retirement, he has been active in Native American ministries for many years, presenting flute music and storytelling programs throughout the Midwest. He is currently the Chief of the Free Traditional Kituwah (Cherokee) of North Carolina.
Immediately following the program, around 5 p.m., a picnic supper will begin on the west lawn. If it’s too rainy or too hot, the Tiskilwa Public Library will provide a cool, dry spot across the street. THS members will serve up a menu of all-beef hot dogs with fixin’s, baked beans, chips, lemonade and ice cream. A free-will offering will be accepted to defray the cost of the picnic spread.