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ELIZABETH, Ill. — Apple River Fort State Historic Site will explore the lives of settlers at the frontier fort on the fateful day that it was engulfed by the Black Hawk War. “The People of Apple River Fort: June 24, 1832,” a presentation by Robert A. Braun, takes place at 7 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 23, at the Apple River Fort Interpretative Center. The event is free.
Using information drawn from local histories, period maps, genealogical resources and public and private collections, Braun will highlight these early Illinois settlers and offer a glimpse into their time along the Apple River leading up to the Black Hawk War. If time permits, Braun will also trace their lives after the war.
Braun has been researching the Black Hawk War for more than 15 years. In 2008, he published a monograph on a Black Hawk War engagement in Wisconsin titled “Bloody Lake.” He also provided assistance to Robert Birmingham for his recent publication Life, Death, and Archaeology at Fort Blue Mounds. Braun is preparing a book-length study of Apple River Fort titled Those Heroic Hearts Speak. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Marquette University in 1980, and his master’s degree from Cardinal Stritch University in 1991. He lives in Fort Atkinson, Wis.
Administered by the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency, Apple River Fort State Historic Site is a reconstruction of the 1830s civilian fort that was the site of a battle during the Black Hawk War. It is located along U.S. Route 20, at 206 E. Myrtle St., in Elizabeth, Ill., and is open for free public tours. For more information visit www.appleriverfort.org or call (815) 858-2028. Elizabeth is about an hour-and-a-half west of Rockford in Jo Daviess County.
Posted Jan. 22, 2014