GLEN ELLYN — The Glen Ellyn Historical Society is announcing two events in April: a lecture and a concert, which begin with author Ann Keating’s presentation on “The World of Juliet Kinzie: Chicago Before the Fire” at 2 p.m. on April 23. , in the history of Glen Ellyn Center.
Kinzie was an American historian, writer and pioneer as well as one of Chicago’s forgotten founders, according to a press release. Keating takes her audience through the lives of the women who worked to create an urban, urban world. She explains Chicago’s rise from the perspective of one of its founding mothers.
Keating is a professor of history at North Central College in Naperville and a specialist in 19th-century Chicago. Like her lecture, her book is titled “The World of Juliette Kinzie: Chicago Before the Fire”.
The program costs $5 for adults and is free for students. Tickets will be available at the door of the History Center, 800 N. Main St., and refreshments will be served. For details, call 630-469-1867 or visit www.gehs.org.
“O Freedom! Songs of the Civil Rights Movement” will begin at 7 p.m. on April 29 at the History Center. It celebrates the 50th anniversary of the civil rights movement and features award-winning folk singer Chris Vallillo, performing essential songs that have inspired generations. The program is a combination of music and Vallillo’s first-hand account of the historic struggle, and will highlight the impact of music on the social cause. The songs became the backbone of the nonviolent civil disobedience movement led by the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. and other leaders.
The free program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Council for the Arts Agency. Refreshments will be served.