Native Peoples of Illinois by Meg Bero
Wednesday, March 23, 2016 from 7:00 – 8:30 PM in the Lower Meeting Room at the Geneva Library, 127 James Street, Geneva, IL.
Long before Europeans “discovered” the Americas, indigenous people, commonly referred to as Native Americans, populated what is now the United States of America. Native Americans have lived in the Midwest, including the portion that became the state of Illinois, for at least 10,000 years. In 1673, French explorers and missionaries met Native American tribes living in what the French called “the Illinois country.” The name, Illinois, comes from the French translation for Illiniwek. The French built forts along the principal river of the region, which they also called “Illinois.”
By 1835, less than 200 years later, all native tribes had been removed from the newly established State. The name Illinois remained.
Join the Geneva Library Foundation and its guest, Meg Bero, as it journeys to the past for a look at the history and culture of Native Americans in our state.
Meg Bero is the Executive Director of the Schingoethe Center of Aurora University, which works to preserve Native American cultures, and an instructor in Museum Studies. Ms. Bero received her undergraduate education at the University of Missouri in art education and her Master of Arts in teaching from Aurora University. She has one numerous awards and has been a museum professional for over twenty years holding positions of curator of education, curator of collections, and director.
The evening will include an introduction of the Geneva Library Foundation, the presentation, and a Q&A session. This is a free event.
The Geneva Library Foundation was established in 2005 as a charitable organization to provide support for current and future library materials, services and facilities. It is recognized by the IRS as a 501(c) (3) charitable organization. The GLF is committed to providing a substantial, permanent, and stable source of funds to support the Geneva Public Library.
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