A Road Scholar Program by Norman Moline
The Great Lakes are one of the great natural wonders of the world but surprisingly often are not included on such lists. They and their connecting channels and portages have been central in the settlement history and cultural geography of this region. While native Americans used the lakes extensively, we begin with the explorations and use of these connections by the French as part of its "crescent" of settlement in which Illinois Country had a significant role. Norm Moline will identify the many links within the Great Lakes watershed and with adjoining watersheds, elaborate on their historical significance for the nation and for our region, and focus on some of the current environmental and political issues which impact Illinois and other states bordering these lakes.
This event is Free and Open to the public. For more information, please contact Linda Gall, 815-946-2713.