The SIAM annual business meeting will be hosted by the Perry County Jail Museum at Bigham Farm on Saturday, August 4. The farm is located at 1899 State Rt. 13/12, eight miles south of Pinckneyvllle. Advance registration is required by August 1st. Registration begins at 11am, and the cost for the event is $10 which includes lunch.
The featured speaker is Brian “Fox” Ellis, an internationally acclaimed author, storyteller, historian, and naturalist. He has worked with The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, The Field Museum and dozens of other museums across the country. Mr. Ellis will present his Illinois Bicentennial presentation titled “Black Hawk’s View of Illinois History.”
Imagine sitting around a campfire with Ma-ka-taime-she-kiuk-kiuk, Black Hawk, listening to the stories of creation and the legends of his grandfathers. The audience is then lead down the path through time to an encounter with Black Hawk’s Band on the eve of the battle. There are traditional chants and drumming songs, including a chance for the audience to participate in a few social dances, celebrate the First Nations of Illinois, and see the world through Native eyes. Contact Vickie Devenport at (618)559- 0869 to register for the workshop. Deadline for registration is August 1st. SIAM is a consortium of museums in the lower 28 counties of the state, which promotes museums, creates networking and professional development opportunities for museums, and develops collaborative projects among museums for educational purposes. Visit our website at http://southernillinoismuseums.org.