Author of Rising Up From Indian Country to Address War of 1812 at Mitchell Museum of the American Indian

Ann Durkin Keating, author of a new nonfiction book about the Battle of Fort Dearborn and Chicago’s early history, will speak at an hour-long public seminar on the War of 1812 at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 11, at the Mitchell Museum of the American Indian in Evanston, Illinois.

Keating wrote Rising Up from Indian Country: The Battle of Fort Dearborn and the Birth of Chicago, published this summer by the University of Chicago Press. Publishers Weekly said, “Keating’s well-researched book rights some misconceptions about the old conflicts, the strategies of the whites and Indians to keep their land, and how early Chicago came to exist.”

Author Frederick E. Hoxie said Keating’s book “paints a compelling picture of Chicago’s Indian Country origins.”

Keating will sign copies of the new book at the event.

Keating is professor of history at North Central College in Naperville, Illinois. She has authored several other books, including Chicagoland: City and Suburbs in the Railroad Age and Chicago Neighborhoods and Suburbs: A Historical Guide, both published by the University of Chicago Press.

Leading the discussion will be Paul Friesema, professor emeritus of political science at Northwestern University and Mitchell Museum board member.

The event ties into the Mitchell Museum exhibit The War of 1812: Fighting for Their Homeland, which opened September 15 and will be on view through August 25, 2013.

Admission to the seminar is free with Mitchell Museum admission, which is $5 for adults, $3 for children, students, seniors, and school teachers. Admission is free for Mitchell Museum members and tribal members.  For information and program reservations phone 847-475-1030, e-mail visitor.services@mitchellmuseum.org or visit the website: MitchellMuseum.org.

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