Janesville’s Hedberg Public Library will host two programs in honor of Native American Heritage Month after the Janesville City Council proclaimed November as National Native American Heritage Month.
The Janesville area is the homeland of several Woodland Native American peoples including the Winnebago, Ho-Chunk, Potawatomi, Sauk and Fox.
The first event, "The Black Hawk War: Landmarks, Battlefields, Museums, & Firsthand Accounts" will be held at the library from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 16. Author Ben Strand will talk about his interest in the Black Hawk War and how his book can be used to find museums, wayside markers and parks to learn more about Black Hawk, the Sauk leader who was a key figure in the Black Hawk War. There is no registration necessary for the event, which is for adults only.
The second event is "We’re Still Here: The Legacy of Indian Boarding Schools in Wisconsin and the U.S." The event will be from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 18. Melinda Young, healing and wellness administrator for the Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians, will discuss the more than 350 Indian boarding schools in the U.S., including 10 in Wisconsin. This event is for teenagers and adults. Registration is not needed.
More information on the library program and events can be found at its website, hedbergpubliclibrary.org.