Past Event

In Fiddle Music and Tall Tales: French Creole Culture in the Illinois Country of Upper Louisiana

A Road Scholar Program by Dennis Stroughmatt

The first European culture to establish roots in il, French Creoles along the il, Wabash, and Mississippi Rivers would in many places be supplanted by later Anglo and German American settlers. Instrumental in winning il for the United States during the American Revolution and important to the success of the Lewis and Clark expedition, il Creoles have a strong cultural history that opens a door to their effect in the Midwest. This presentation will explore what brought the French here, their fiddle music, a few of their exploits, and their lasting influence on the il Country.

This event is Free and Open to the public. For more information, please contact Sue Habley, 708.749.1050 ext 121.