Story and Photos by Tazewell County Museum Website Director Ed Emmons
The 2nd day of the 2012 Illinois History Symposium "Contested Lands: 1763-1840", took place today at the Embassy Suites in E. Peoria, IL. First of beginning at 8:30 a.m. was the Parade of Historical Flags, in which flags from that time period are presented each morning of the 3 day event.
Starting from Right to left in the above photo are the flags and presenters. Flag 1-French Fleurdelis-presented by Bill Wilcox,Fort Creve Coeur, Flag 2- British Union-presented by Richard Cox, Legion Post 2, Flag 3- Canadian- presented by William Wilson, Rangers, Flag 4- Illinois State- Presented by David Ekstrand, Post #2, Flag 5- Quebec- Presented by Jeff Smith, Fort Creve Coeur, Flag 6- Us 15 Stars/15 Stripes- Presented by David Cook, Post #2, Flag 7- 21 Star U.S.- Presented by Bob Reidenour, Rangers, Flag 8- U.S. Daughters of 1812- Presented by Theresa Johnston, East Peoria Historical Society, Flag 9- 34 Star U.S.- Presented by James DeLoatchie, Post #2, flag 10- Virginia State- Presented by Lynn Hargus, Rangers, Flag 11- Betsy Ross- Presented by Bill Dwyer, Mackinaw Valley Longknwers.
As with previous days, Symposium Sessions were going on all day in the conference center rooms. Sessions ran from 8:45-10:30 a.m. At 12:15 a.m. A luncheon was held in the River Front Grand Ballroom, held by the Illinois State Historical Society and sponsored by the Tazewell County Museum and Educational Center. Guest speaker was Dr. Michael Wiant, Dickson Mounds Museum.
Symposium Session began again at 1:30 to 3 p.m. last until 5 p.m. Tomorrow (Saturday) will be the last day of the Symposium ending at noon. The day will begin with breakfast, then the Parade of Flags, and will consist of Resolution being read by local politicians.