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The Historical Society is pleased to invite members and non-members to join us for our annual meeting. After the short business meeting, we will be treated to a program about thy Native American expert, Michael, D. Wiant, Ph.D., who will present a program entitled, “Native American History in Central Illinois: The journey from the Ice Age to the present and beyond.”
Michael Dennis Wiant has studied Native American history for over 50 years and is devoted to sharing his knowledge with the public. He was educated at Illinois State University (B.S., M.S.) and Northwestern University (M.A., and Ph.D.). Following several years of archaeological fieldwork with the Center for American Archeology, Wiant joined the staff of the Illinois State Museum in 1982, where he served in both curatorial and administrative positions. He retired in 2017, but anthropological and archaeological research and public lectures still occupy much of his time. In 2004, Dr. Wiant expanded his research to include 18th and 19th-century Native American history in Illinois, especially land cessions and Native American resistance to American settlement. He developed a series of presentations about William Henry Harrison, who governed the Northwest Territory from Vincennes and negotiated a series of land cessions that transformed the midwestern cultural landscape, the challenges of Native American tribes in the Midwest during the early 19th century, and the Sauk warrior Black Sparrow Hawk, all of which resonate with increasing strength in contemporary society’s discussion about Native American heritage.
Doors open and refreshments will be served at 6:30. The meeting will begin at 7:00 p.m.