Wednesday, April 13, 2016

AUTHOR AND HISTORIAN DR. GEORGE GODFREY IS FEATURED SPEAKER AT MUSEUM'S ANNUAL MEETING

Left: Dr. George Godfrey (left), and the Revern Dan Lybarger (right) pose with some of the Native American items  items they brought to the Museum's Annual Meeting. Revern
Lybarger plays the Cherokee hand drum in the photo.

Dr. George Godfrey, a citizen Potawatomi was the featured speaker at the Tazewell County Museum's annual meeting this year.

The event was held at the Avanti's Dome on April 7. Dr. Godfrey spoke on the struggles and successes of the American Indians living in a changing, cultural landscape.

Along with Dr. Godfrey, Revern Dan Lybarger who is of German and Cherokee heritage played the Native American Flute.

Right: Revern Lybarger plays a song on the Native American Flute.

Dr. George Godfrey also spoke on the 1837 Removal of the Potawatomi Indians. He was attired in Native American clothing which would have been worn in 1837.

Dr. Godfrey has written many novels based on the history of a Potawatomi woman's experience in the 1800's. He was formerly a research scientist ( Illinois Natural History Survey), university administrator (Haskell Indian Nations University), and National Program Leader working with Tribal Colleges and Universities (U.S. Department
of Agriculture).