Museum presentation relives family's dinner with Sitting Bull

Trickster Gallery presentation looks at immigrant family's experience

  • Native American warrior and political leader Sitting Bull.

    Native American warrior and political leader Sitting Bull. Library of Congress

Submitted by Cultural Historians of Northern Illinois
Posted8/16/2021 1:00 PM

More than a century ago, Sitting Bull was an unexpected dinner guest of a Dakota Territory family. An upcoming presentation at the Trickster Cultural Center in Schaumburg takes a closer look at this experience.

Food historian and author Sharon Hudgins will present "When Sitting Bull Came to Dinner, An Immigrant Homesteader's Experience" at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 24, at the Trickster Cultural Center, 190 S. Roselle Road, Schaumburg.


Young Elizabeth Dell, a talented cook, prepared Sunday dinner for her family and unexpected guests, members of the Lakota tribe, including Chief Sitting Bull. They enjoyed dessert first.

Hudgins reveals the documented lives of the Dell family, set in the Dakota Territory more than a century ago. Hear more about her family at the Trickster Cultural Center, 190 S. Roselle Road, Schaumburg, in person or via Zoom.

After Hudgins' talk, a short tour of the museum takes place.

For details or reservations, go to or The cost for CHNI members is $5; $7 for nonmembers. Specify whether you plan to attend in person or via Zoom.

The event is presented by the Culinary Historians of Northern Illinois in cooperation with the Trickster Cultural Center.

For programs at Trickster Cultural Center, visit

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