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June 16, 2018
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
DeKalb Public Library, Yusunas Meeting Room
DeKalb, IL 60115
(815) 756-9568 ext. 1701
This FREE event is family friendly and requires no registration!
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Our Land Between the Rivers, Illinois in Story and Song with Barry Cloyd

Saturday, June 16, 2018

This newly commissioned program begins with a whirlwind trip back through time to the early days of the origins of Illinois and where its name came from, the Illiniwek Nation of Native Americans. Barry Cloyd is a touring singer, songwriting, multi-instrumentalist, and historian. He performs the original song “Inaji Wabli, Arise O’ Eagle” and takes us into the time of the French Voyageurs, the first Europeans, coming into this land in the late 1600’s. From there Barry gives a brief timeline through the 1700’s as the French give way to the British, who in turn give way to the growing class of people known as Americans. Songs of the period, such as the colloquially spelled “Elanoy” will appear and usher the audience into events such as George Rogers Clark’s part in winning the Revolutionary War from Illinois and the beginning of the settlement of Chicago. All of this amazing history will be presented with songs that are germane to the period.