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Fullersburg Historic Foundation Presents 12th Living History Series Program August 18th

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Barb Kennedy

The Fullersburg Historic Foundation invites you to "Commemorate the 200th Anniversary of the Fall of Fort Dearborn During the War of 1812", the 12th program in its Living History Series presented on Saturday, August 18th, 1:30 pm at the Oak Brook Library, 600 Oak Brook Rd, Oak Brook, by speaker, Jack MacRae, Naturalist with the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County. 200 years ago, before Illinois was a state and Chicago was a city, Fort Dearborn was the furthest outpost of the government of the United States on the wild North American frontier.

In 1812, the United States was at war with Great Britain and Native American tribes loyal to England. The Illinois territory became a fierce battleground over land and resources.

Jack's presentation will focus on the actual events which led to the building of Fort Dearborn, why the August attack on the Fort's garrison by native forces took place and the fate which befell American soldiers and their families. Learn why the Pottawatomi engaged in the battle and what years of decline followed the battle which impacted the beginnings of the new city of Chicago.

Join us for an in-depth look at one of the key stories of Chicago's birth at the shores of Lake Michigan on the Illinois prairie and what led to the Chicago we know today.

For more information about this free educational program call: 630-512-7336 or 708-865-8736