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“The 1730 Fox Fort in McLean County”
Keynote Address by Lenville J. Stelle at 2pm
Bring your preservation questions along with small, hand-held items or images of larger items for examination by preservation specialists whose expertise ranges from antiquities to textiles and musical instruments to modern digital media. The University of Illinois Preservation Working Group’s biennial Preservation Emporium—Heirlooms, Artifacts, & Family Treasures—takes place on Saturday, February 8 from 1 to 4pm in Spurlock Museum, 600 S Gregory Street in Urbana. Admission and parking are free; use University lot D22 on the east side of Spurlock Museum.
Preservation specialists —including Jennifer Hain Teper (photographs), Cher Schneider (flat paper), Henry Hébert (Books), Christa Deacy-Quinn (general materials such as stone, ceramic, plaster, metals, plant material, textiles/clothing), Laura Kozuch (archaeological artifacts), Pat Miller (artifact cleaning, storage, archival supplies), Jack Brighton (analog and digital audio and video), Christine Saniat and Kim Sissons (paintings, sculpture, decorative arts), Scott Schwartz(musical instruments), Tracy Popp (digital media), Joshua Harris and Ryan Edge (audio-visual materials), and Daniel Wiley (animal specimens)— will evaluate your treasures and help you find answers and solutions for preserving their quality.
Parkland College Archeology Professor Emeritus Lenville J. Stelle admits it was a bit of luck that led him to investigate an Arrowsmith farm in McLean County [Illinois] that has proved itself the Mesquakie or Fox Indian fort where one of the most significant battles of colonial France took place in 1730. Stelle offers an engaging presentation about this historic site, its artifacts, and its legacy of early 18th-century Mesquakie life, and the enslavement and genocide that resulted from the 23-day siege by French trappers and military on the Eastern Illinois prairie, not more than 30 minutes away from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
The Preservation Emporium is a presentation of the Preservation Working Group of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
For more information, please contact the PWG Chair, Jennifer Hain Teper (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Spurlock Museum, University of Illinois campus, 600 S Gregory St, Urbana
Free admission and FREE PARKING in lot D22, east of the museum