15th Annual Henry Farnam Dinner


Friday, March 09, 2018


Jumer's Casino, 777 Jumer Drive, Rock Island, IL 61201, Illinois


5:00 pm - 9:30 pm


This year, Illinois celebrates its 200th year of statehood. Kaskaskia also celebrates the 200th anniversary of being the first capital of Illinois. Our featured speaker at the 2018 Farnam dinner will help us understand why Kaskaskia was the first capital by exploring the development of the area by the French around 1718, 100 years before Illinois became a state.  Dr. Carl Ekberg will discuss Kaskaskia, which was for more than a century the largest and most important town, not only in Illinois but in the entire American Midwest.   Dr. Ekberg is a professor emeritus at Illinois State University.

In addition, Elizabeth Carvey, recently retired curator of the Hauberg Indian Museum at Black Hawk Historic Site, will trace the movement of the Sauk and Meskwaki nations, the last two tribes of indigenous people who lived in the Quad City area, from their original home in Montreal to the Mississippi River Valley. She will expand on the commercial contact between the two tribes and their fur trading partners; the French, British, and Americans and how this influenced the settlement of Illinois.

The Farnam Dinner will include displays relating to the past and future of the region and the river.  Questions about the event may be directed to River Action at 563 322 2969.

Cost of Admission: $40

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