Sunday, April 29, 2012

"NATIVE AMERICAN RECONCILITION DAY IN ILLINOIS" AS 2012 ILLINOIS STATE HISTORICAL SOCIETY SYMPOSIUM "CONTESTED LANDS:1763-1840" COMES TO AN END

Members of the Black Fox Singers from Abingdon Ill. play the Black Hawk drum during Drum and Dancing demonstrations by Native Americans on the final day of the Illinois State Historical Society Symposium in E. Peoria, IL.


Story and Photos by Tazewell County Museum's Website Director Ed Emmons


The 3rd and final day of the Illinois State Historical Society Symposium at the Embassy Suites in E. Peoria, with the theme "Contested Lands: 1763-1840", was filled with the reading of State House Resolutions, and also demonstrations by Native Americans.

The final day began as the first two with the Parade of Flags inside the Conference Center. Here flag bearer's hold flags from the time period of 1763-1840. Names of Flag Bearer's and Flags were read by Linda Rosenthal, vice chair of the War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission.

The 3 days of Conferences featured over 33 well known Archaeologist, Historians, Anthropologist, Philanthropist, and researchers in their fields of expertise, banquets, a voyageur Canoe, Exhibit hall, portrayal of Illinois Territorial Governor Ninian Edwards by Brian "Fox" Ellis, and many other activities.

This was the 32nd Annual History Symposium by the Illinois State Historical Society, with the theme this year being "Contested Lands:1763-1840." This is in conjunction of the 200th Anniversary of the War of 1812.

         Speaker for the breakfast sponsored by Friends of History Saturday morning was M.J. Morgan, Author of "Land of Big Rivers:French and Indian Illinois, 1699-1778

         Randy Saxon who is a board member of the Illinois State Historical Society talked first about the 3 day symposium

Tazewell County Museum and Educational Center President, and a Chair of the War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission introduces President of the Illinois State Historical Society Russell Lewis

President of the Illinois State Historical Society Russell Lewis talks about the Symposium,what it meant and upcoming events, he also introduced Mayor of E. Peoria Dave Mingus for the reading of the Proclamation

         E. Peoria Mayor Dave Mingus reads the Proclamation from E. Peoria

       State Representative Michael Unes reads the resolution of the Illinois House Commemorating the Symposium in E. Peoria, IL.

      Audience members listen as the Proclamation and Resolutions are read

     State Representative Michael Unes presents the House Resolution to Illinois State Historical Society President Russell Lewis and Christal Dagit

         State Senator Dave Koehler reads a letter from Illinois Governor Pat Quinn

State Senator Dave Koehler presents the State Senate  Resolution to Christal Dagit and Russell Lewis

Local Politicians pose together for posterity Saturday during closing ceremonies at the Symposium. Back Left: E. Peoria Mayor Dave Mingus,State Representative Michael Unes, State Senator Dave Koehler, Illinois State Historical President Russell Lewis, and Tazewell County Museum and Educational Center President and Chair of the War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission Christal Dagit

Elder Mel Grey Owl of the Crow Creek Reservation in South Dakota gave a blessing for the event Saturday morning

       Randy Starnes plays the flute during the closing day of the Symposium

     Adam Danner, President of 4directions Healing Foundation explains what the colors and directions on his medicine wheel represent. Adam also gave a talk on "Honoring in a Good Way", which is the name of his first book

Members of the Black Fox Singers put on a demonstration of Drumming ad Dancing as part of the closing ceremonies of the Symposium

     A member of the Black Fox Singers in full regalia explains to guest that each piece of regalia he wears represents something. Just like the drum represents heartbeat and mother earth. It is a living thing said Jerry Baker, who is keeper of the drum,it must be treated with honor and respect

With this the 3rd day of the Illinois State Historical Society Symposium came to an end. See you next year.





1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Ed fantastic coverage of this 3 day historical event. The Museum is lucky to have someone like you to volunteer your time for the betterment of the community.