Legends and Lore of Pioneer Illinois

Time: 1 hour 30 minutes (15 minutes for questions)
Fee: Negotiable

What can the folk stories and ghost stories of the early 1800s tell us about the history and life of pioneer Illinois? In this presentation, Michael Kleen explains how rough and tumble men and women from the South shaped the early history of Illinois as they settled along the Ohio and Mississippi rivers and came into competition with American Indians and French traders. Topics include Illinois ghost stories, tales of witchcraft and highway robbery, and folk wisdom from 1790-1850, and readings from Charles Neely’s classic Tales and Songs of Southern Illinois.

To schedule this presentation
please e-mail makleen2@gmail.com

or write to:

Michael Kleen
c/o Black Oak Media
PO Box 773
Macomb, IL 61455


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