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  Paul Mickey Science Series: LaSalle's Lasting Legacy in the Illinois Country   

Paul Mickey Science Series: LaSalle's Lasting Legacy in the Illinois Country

  • Location: ISM Research & Collections Center, Springfield
  • Date: Wednesday, February 12, 2014, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Presented by Mark Walczynski, Starved Rock Educational and Historical Foundation; Illinois Valley Community College

The legacy of French explorer RenJ de La Salle is alive and well in today’s Illinois. From the Great Lakes, and hence Canada and the Atlantic, to the Mississippi and the Gulf of Mexico, La Salle’s vision of commerce and trade has been realized. This presentation will examine the foundations of the Illinois trade at Fort Saint Louis, a French post established by La Salle that was located on the summit of today’s Starved Rock between 1683 and 1691. Some of La Salle’s writings will also be reviewed to see how Illinois’ strategic geographical location, abundant natural resources, and waterways combined to make Illinois the commercial and agricultural leader it is today.

One of our Paul Mickey Science Series

Discover Illinois' rich prehistoric and historic past by attending an ISM Paul Mickey Science Series Program. A different speaker and topic are featured each month. For more information on upcoming topics and speakers, please contact Nina Walthall at (217) 782-0061 or 217-785-0037.

  • Second Wednesday of Each Month
  • 7:00 to 8:30 PM
  • Held at the ISM Research & Collections Center, 1011 East Ash Street (enter the building from 10 ½ Street between Ash & Laurel Streets), Springfield, Illinois
  • Free Admission 

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