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.





Friday, April 27, 2012

DAY 2 OF ILLINOIS HISTORY SYMPOSIUM"CONTESTED LANDS' 1763-1840

Parade Of Historical Flags this morning at the start of Day 2 of the 2012 Illinois History Symposium at the Embassy Suites in E.Peoria, IL.


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.

         This replica of a Birch Wood Bark Canoe was available for viewing

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.

Dr.Michael Wiant of the Dickson Mounds Museum was the guest speaker at the Illinois State Historical Society Luncheon today in the River Front Grand Ballroom.

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.

 The Tazewell County Museum and Educational Center had a booth in the Exhibit hall. Here Fred Altman and Jan Strubhar answer questions about the Museum.

This display by the Tazewell County Museum and Educational Center, shows the Flags of Illinois. The flags are United States, France, Canada, Quebec, Great Britain, and Spain

Guest of the Illinois State Historical Society Luncheon listen to President of the Society Bill Furry ( Far Right ), Bill thanked those who have helped put on the symposium









Thursday, April 26, 2012

2012 ILLINOIS HISTORY SYMPOSIUM (CONTESTED LANDS: 1763-1840) GETS UNDER WAY AT EMBASSY SUITES IN E.PEORIA

Randy Eggers blesses guest this morning at the blessing of the grounds, river and people, as the 2012 Illinois History Symposium (Contested Lands) got underway this morning at the Embassy Suites in E.Peoria

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

It was a crisp, cool and sunny morning along the Illinois river in E. Peoria, just right for a blessing ceremony, as the 2012 Illinois History Symposium "Contested Lands" 1763-1840 was kicked off at the Embassy Suites. Randy Eggers did the blessing of the grounds, river, and people. He was helped out by Kim Davis, and Danny Lybarger, who is Pastor of the Native American fellowship Day Spring Church in E. Peoria.

                    A beautiful sunrise this morning along the Illinois River

Randy Eggers performs a Comanche Memorial Song this song along the Illinois River as part of the blessing. He told me it was a thank you song for the creator, thanking him for everything.

As part of the blessing there is a pipe ceremony, in which a pipe is passed from one person to another. Randy said that the smoke is never inhaled, but instead sucked into the mouth. If one wished instead of the smoke, one can touch the pipe to your left shoulder, then right shoulder, and forehead.

Those participating in the pipe ceremony were ask to form a circle, and Randy explained to them what it was about

Photos cannot be taken once the pipe is out.

A beautiful morning from the E.Peoria side of the river looking towards O'Brien field in Peoria

The last song Randy performed this morning means, Storm coming of Biblical proportion.

A flag ceremony was held inside the Embassy Suites after a breakfast. Here Bill Wilcox of Fort Creve Coeur, displays a French fluerde Lis Flag. There were 11 flags all together, and each morning different flags will be presented. This ceremony shows the flags during the contested lands time period of 1763-1840.

The first session of the conference started at 8:45 on Native-American Issues and Perspectives. The first speaker was Adam Danner who is an Author and President of 4 Directions Healing Foundation. Adams topic was Honoring in a good way: Introduction to Native People and Culture.

      Speaker Adam Danner explains the symbolism represented on his drum

The next speaker was Dave Weiman, who is executive Director, Cultural Change Coalition of Peoria. His topic was Restoring Native American Rights: Understanding the Doctrine of Discovery and its influence Today.

    Executive Director, Cultural Change Coalition of Peoria speaks during the Conference today

There were sessions scheduled all day today at the symposium on different topics. This year marks the 200th Anniversary of the War of 1812, "Contested lands", 1763-1840


           This room contained Photos and History of the Kickapoo Indians

                                            This is the Vendor room

      In the vendors room you can find this Flags from the infancy of our Nation

                                                  Another Vendor Booth

The 2012 Illinois History Symposium is sponsored by the Illinois State Historical Society. www.historyillinois.org