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‘Last Voyageurs’ author to speak at EHC

The author of The Last Voyageurs, about a reenactment of a 3,300-mile canoe trip in the 17th Century that passed by Evanston, is the Under the Buffalo lecturer at the Evanston History Center on Oct. 20.

A reception at 6:30 p.m. will precede the presentation at 7 p.m. at the Dawes House, 225 Greenwood St.

The speaker is Lorraine Boissoneault, who will sign books after the presentation.

The reenactment, in 1976, followed the route of French explorer La Salle, the first European to travel all the way down the Mississippi River. Over the course of the reenactment, participants battled storms on the Great Lakes, walked more than 500 miles across the Midwest during one of the coldest winters of the 20th century, and overcame near-death experiences to reach the end of their journey.

The lecture is free to EHC members and $10 for others.

Reservations can be made on the EHC website.

 

Charles Bartling

Charles Bartling

A resident of Evanston since 1975, Chuck Bartling holds a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and has extensive experience as a reporter and editor for daily newspapers, radio stations and business-oriented magazines.

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