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Audubon society to hear about early settlers

LIBERTYVILLE – The Lake County Audubon Society welcomes all to attend its April 2 general meeting at the Libertyville Village Hall.

The speaker, Jenny Barry, will offer the opportunity to learn about “Early Settlement Along the Des Plaines River.” The focus will be on the history of the area, the personalities who settled here, as well as the plants and animals they might have seen on their path of the river. The program is from 7:30 to 9 p.m. 

As settlers moved into the area, the Des Plaines River was a natural path to follow. Barry also will follow the river north as she profiles a few of those early settlers and marks the progress of settlement up the Des Plaines River.

Attendees will get a look at the early settlement along the Des Plaines River in Lake County from present-day Half Day Road to north of Libertyville. Pioneers Daniel Wright, Hiram Kennicott, Ransom and Richard Steele, George Vardin, Elconah Tingley and Archimedes Wynkoop will be profiled. 

The native people of the northern Illinois area had been using the Des Plaines River as a travel route for ages when the land was ceded to the United States in the Treaty of 1833. Even before the land was surveyed and for sale, some hardy souls made their way west and north. 

Barry is a local history librarian at the Cook Memorial Public Library and president of the Libertyville-Mundelein Historical Society. She is a Libertyville native and holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Augustana College and a master’s degree in library science from Indiana University. 

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