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Our Land Between the Rivers, Illinois in Story & Song

June 16, 2018 @ 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

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.

Barry provides an in-depth focus, both through narrative and song, into some of the most important events and people who have shaped the amazing history of our State. Some of the “stops along the way” include Abraham Lincoln’s appearance in Illinois, The Black Hawk War, the creation of the Illinois & Michigan Canal, The Lincoln-Douglas Debates and The Civil War, Ulysses S. Grant’s contributions, The Great Chicago Fire, the First Skyscraper, The Columbian Exposition, The Pullman Strike, Frank Lloyd Wright’s genius, the Springfield Race Riots, “Lucky Lindy” in Illinois, Al Capone, Everett Dirksen, and Carl Sandburg.

All of this amazing history will be presented with songs that are germane to the period, performed on guitars, banjo, Dobro, and other stringed instruments.

Our state has been witness to and a participant in many of our nation’s most important historical events. The audience will have an opportunity to step back in time for a “long-range” look at the state of Illinois.

This FREE event is family friendly and requires no registration!

For additional information, please contact Samantha at or at (815) 756-9568 ext. 1701.


June 16, 2018
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
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