107 NE Monroe Peoria, Illinois 61602-1070

Illinois French Creole History and Culture

09/15/19 02:00PM - 03:30PM

Illinois French Creole History and Culture – North Branch

Beginning in 1699 with the building of villages like Cahokia and Kaskaskia, Illinois, along the Mississippi River, French colonists from Western France and Quebec would merge with the native populations of Illinois, Missouri, and Indiana to create a Creole culture that is still unique from its cousins in Louisiana and Canada even today. Well-known historian and fiddler Dennis Stroughmatt will take the listener on a fascinating trip through The Illinois Country from both a historical and modern perspective, highlighting the enduring French identity of places like Prairie du Rocher, Illinois and Old Mines, Missouri through ancient French folktales, haunting ballads, and foot-stomping fiddle tunes.

Location: Peoria Public Library - Peoria, Illinois
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