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Three Sisters - A Native American Perspective
Brian “Fox” Ellis
Brian “Fox” Ellis is part Cherokee and has studied with Native Elders from several tribes. He has performed at Powwows and Native Gatherings across Turtle Island. In recent years he was invited to perform at the Apple River Fort for their commemoration of the Black Hawk War and for a group of Sauk and Fox Elders at the Black Hawk Museum in Rock Island. He has presented at the Trail of Tears Museum in the foothills of The Smokey Mountains and at the Assiniboine Reservation for a conference on Seeing the Prairie Through Native Eyes. The following programs give voice to the Native American view of American History, including much that is left out of your history books.
Tesla in Colorado
Tesla spent a year in Colorado (and then three other years in Long Island) sending lightning bolts (called “streamers”) into the skies, the streets, and even more than a few kitchen faucets as he tried to create the first wireless transmission of phone and electricity. This quixotic man was intent on creating a method for all people around the world to control their own lives with cheap and abundant power and communication. This is one of Tesla’s greatest stories.
Votes for Women: The 72-Year Struggle to Gain Women’s Suffrage
At a time when voting can feel more like an obligation than a privilege, we can easily forget that it took 72 years for American women to win the right to vote. This illustrated slide lecture examines the movement from 1848, when the first call was issued in Seneca Falls, New York, to 1920, when women finally gained the vote. In the ensuing years, women organized conventions, gathered petitions, gave speeches, lobbied lawmakers, marched in parades, and persevered in the face of strident opposition. Some were jailed and went on hunger strikes. Learn the story of this remarkable civil rights movement and the leaders who pioneered new forms of social activism.
Avery Tractor, John Deere, and Caterpillar: The stories of farm implements and industrial pioneers as told by Robert H. Avery
Brian “Fox” Ellis
Born in Galesburg in 1840, Robert Avery was an early industrialist and inventor who founded one of the big three manufacturers of Midwestern farm machinery. Come spend an hour with this brilliant designer who pioneered a lot of what modern industry now takes for granted. Though the program will focus on Avery Tractor, these insights will shed light on his competitors. He will also share stories of the Civil War and how time spent in the notorious Confederate prison camp of Andersonville lead to the foundation of Avery Tractor Company. Storyteller and author Brian “Fox” Ellis will step into Avery’s shoes to allow listeners to step back in time.