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If this land could talk it would tell you about the people that cared for it, revered it, cried for it, dreamed of it, and shaped it over the millennia. The people of Ke-Chunk, a large Ho-Chunk village, tended crops in the rich soil. When they left in 1832, a fur trader built a small cabin for his two Native American wives and children to live in. Then settlers moved in, taming the land, including Irish migrant railroad workers who created a settlement here they called “Illinoy”. Later, an orphan lad left his home overlooking Turtle Creek to join the Army where he made the ultimate sacrifice through his heroic actions in battle. General Pershing later called him one of the greatest heroes of World War I.
Yes, if this land could talk, it would tell you about those who loved and cared for it, and those who, unfortunately, did not. Nature At The Confluence’s Executive Director, Therese Oldenburg will tell you about the fascinating history of this land and the people who lived here, and she’ll also share with you how she unearthed “dirty” family ties to it. You’ll also learn about how we’re making our own mark on this land by bringing it back to life, one shovel full at a time. Donations are appreciated so we can continue our work on restoring the land.
- Optional short walk about the property after the program to view specific sites discussed in the presentation.
- Free Event – The Time Traveler Series is sponsored by a Greater Beloit Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors Grant
- Due to spacing restrictions, registration is limited to 20 people. You must register below to secure your spot.
- For the safely of all, we ask that you wear a mask during this program.
- If weather permits, all doors at our facility will be open to allow for fresh air to circulate
About The “Time Traveler” Discovery Series – If this land could talk it would tell you about the people that cared for it, revered it, cried for it, dreamed of it, and shaped it over the millennia. The Time Traveler Discovery Series will explore the fascinating history of this land and the people who lived or worked near the confluence of Turtle Creek and the Rock River over the centuries. Learn more here
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