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Reservation deadline Monday for 'Wildflower Nature Walk Weekends' in Elkhart

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[April 20, 2010] ELKHART -- Tickets are limited but still available for the Elkhart spring events April 16-17 and April 23-24.

InsuranceThe Elkhart Historical Society's 2010 Evening Dinner Lectures on April 16 and 23 will feature Bill McClain speaking on "Elkhart Hill: The Biological and Cultural History of a Prairie Grove."

McClain will describe the early Native American use of Elkhart Hill and vicinity, including the old Indian trail also known as Edwards Trace. The early use of Elkhart Hill by Europeans including James Latham and others is an important part of the history. Finally, the biological features of the hill will be compared to other sites in Illinois. The hill has a unique floral assemblage compared with other sites in Illinois.


McClain is an adjunct research associate in botany for the Illinois State Museum in Springfield, an adjunct research scientist for the Illinois Natural History Survey in Champaign, and former program manager for the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. McClain has studied the flowers and history of Elkhart Hill for over 25 years.

The dinner lecture series is at The Wild Hare Cafe in historic downtown Elkhart, 104 Gov. Oglesby St. Dinner begins at 5:30 p.m., with the talks from 7 to 8 p.m. Reservations and prepayment are required, and space is limited. Cost is $17.99. The dinner package price includes the meal, dessert, drink, tax and gratuity. The reservation deadline is Monday. For the online, printable reservation form, see www.elkharthistoricalsociety.org or call 217-947-2046.

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To complement the Friday evening lectures, McClain will lead the popular Wildflower Nature Walks on Elkhart Hill on the following Saturdays, April 17 and April 24. Walkers will meet in historic downtown Elkhart at the Bluestem Bake Shop, 107 Gov. Oglesby St., for the 9:30 walks and at Birdsong Books & Vintage, 111 Gov. Oglesby St., for the 1:30 walks.

Master Gardeners in Macon, Sangamon-Menard, McLean, Peoria, and Logan Counties can obtain continuing education credit for the walk. Contact your Master Gardener coordinator directly for credit.

Reservations are required for the walks. Tthe cost is $7.50 for adults, and $5 for children 12 and younger. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Registration closes on Monday. Each outing will last approximately 90 minutes, and each group is limited to 15 people. For more information and the online, printable reservation form, go to www.elkharthistoricalsociety.org.

[Text from file received from Abraham Lincoln Tourism Bureau of Logan County]

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