The Time Traveler Discovery Series at Nature At The Confluence explores the fascinating history of the land and the people who lived or worked near the confluence of Turtle Creek and the Rock River over the centuries.  Seating is limited, so register now for these free programs.

Sunday,  July 11, 1:00 p.m. “This Land Is Your Land”  features Illinois Folk Singer Bucky Halker who will have the audience spellbound as he musically weaves the story of the people who labored and lived at the confluence land. This musical program with commentary features folksongs of Illinois and songs from Woodie Guthrie. This will be held outdoors, bring your own chairs. 

Sunday, July 25, 1:00 p.m., “Discover The Women Of The Confluence” reveals for the first time the lives of the women who lived at the confluence of the Rock River and Turtle Creek from 1800-1880. From the Ho-Chunk women who made their homes here until they were forced to leave, to the Native wives of French fur traders, and the settlers who arrived by wagon to build their home in the new frontier. This free program, presented by executive director Therese Oldenburg, will also be held on Sunday, September 11, 1:00 p.m. for Beloit Heritage Days. Held indoors.

Saturday, September 11, 1:00 p.m., “Mammoths to Mounds: 13,000 Years of Native American History” is presented by Dr. Bill Green who recently retired from Beloit College where he was Adjunct Professor of Anthropology and Chair, Museum Studies Program. He’ll share the fascinating history of this land and how the latest archaeological discoveries are adding to our understanding of the area’s ancient residents. Dr. Green actively conducts archaeological studies of Woodland communities occupied 1000-2000 years ago in the Mississippi River valley. This free program will be held indoors and is part of Beloit Heritage Days held September 10-12.

Sunday, November 7, 1:00 p.m., “Black Hawk’s View Of History Featuring Brian Fox Ellis”, this program will have you imagining sitting around a campfire with Ma-ka-tai-me-she-kiuk-kiuk, Black Hawk, listening to the stories of creation and the legends of his grandfathers. Storyteller and historian Brian “Fox” Ellis begins the program with his family’s connection to the Trail of Tears and the forced removal of the Cherokee Nation from their ancestral homeland. The audience is then lead down the path through time to an encounter with Black Hawk’s Band on the eve of the 1832 battle. Weaving true history with folklore to create a tapestry of symbolic language he draws the audience into the world view of this respected leader of his people. This free program is presented in honor of National Native American Heritage Month.

Seating is limited for these free programs and registration is highly recommended.  

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