ELSAH — Local economist, historian and educator George Provenzano will be the featured speaker at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 25, in the Hosmer-Williams Lecture Series at Farley’s Music Hall.
The lecture is sponsored by Historic Elsah Foundation. The series is underwritten by Liberty Bank of Godfrey.
The conclusion of the War of 1812 opened Illinois and Missouri Territories to settlement by Europeans. Native American tribes that sided with the British in the war agreed in peace treaties to end attacks against settlers who encroached on their lands. These outcomes of the War of 1812 in the West were quite different from those in the East, where the conflict was about securing U.S. maritime rights. Although numerous bicentennial celebrations of the War of 1812 have occurred on the East Coast and in Canada, few commemorations have emphasized the events of that conflict that occurred along the Mississippi River.
Provenzano will discuss the War of 1812 on the Mississippi River from Cahokia to Prairie du Chien and the treaties with Native Americans in1815-1816.
The lecture is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served following the lecture. Reservations are not required. Parking is available.
For information and a digital copy of an informational flier, contact Tim Tomlinson of the Historic Elsah Foundation at (618) 374-1518 or text a request to (618) 513-7119.