Illinois Territory Comes Alive During Living History Demonstration

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Attention history buffs, young and old: The Will County Forest Preserve District has planned a special event that no doubt will see to it that your curiosity is piqued.

The Isle a la Cache Brigade will bring insight into what life was like in the Illinois Territory during the mid-18th century during a “Living History Demonstration,” according to a news release from the Forest Preserve District of Will County.

The free program runs from noon to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 12, at Isle a la Cache Museum, 501 East 135th Street (Romeo Road) in Romeoville.

The Isle a la Cache Brigade is a volunteer group that demonstrates skills used in the 18th-century fur trade, according to Bruce Hodgdon, public information officer with the Forest Preserve District of Will County. He said the Brigade consists of re-enactors who represent voyageurs courier du bois, French women, Metis and Native Americans.

Demonstrations will be ongoing from noon-3 p.m., to the public can arrive at anytime to observe the demonstrations and talk with the Brigade about life in the wilderness. For information, call the museum (815) 886-1467.

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