Past Event

Pere Jacques Gravier, SJ: Illiniwek Connection in the 17th Century

A Road Scholar Program by Dan Hechenberger

In a first person, living history presentation, Dan Hechenberger will assume the character of Pere Jacques Gravier, a Jesuit missionary who came to the “Illinois Country” not long after the explorations of Marquette and Joliet. Gravier spent many years and had strong ties with the Illinois people, compiling a written dictionary of their language, experiencing firsthand the wars between the Illinois and Iroquois and sharing in Illinois daily life and ritual.

A question and answer session will follow the presentation.

For more information contact Marcia Stang, 815.932.7567.