1S151 Winfield Rd
Date with History
Wednesday, October 3
Doors open 6:45pm
Free Parking and Admission
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Join us as Jerry Crimmins discusses his novel, Fort Dearborn. Established in 1803 in Indian territory near the Chicago River and Lake Michigan, Fort Dearborn was home to 81 soldiers and their families. After 20 years of uneasy truce, Indian tribes in the Northwest Territory formed an alliance with the English and attacked vulnerable American frontier garrisons as the War of 1812 broke out. A coalition of tribes led by the neighboring Potawatomies set their sights on Dearborn. Crimmins’ novel, in addition to historical figures, includes two fictional characters: Jimmy Wheeler, the young son of one of the fort’s soldiers, and Jimmy’s friend Strong Pike, a young Potawatomie boy who lives nearby.
Jerry Crimmins has almost 40 years of experience as a reporter and editor in the Chicago newspaper business. As a reporter, Mr. Crimmins has won awards for investigative reporting, for deadline reporting and for non-deadline reporting, and for feature writing. In addition to Fort Dearborn, he is the author of Obits and Murders, a mystery novel about the Chicago newspaper business published in 1992.