Virtual Author Series featuring John William Nelson

November 3, 2024

The Fort Ticonderoga Author Series features presentations by authors of books related to Colonial and Revolutionary War history.

In Muddy Ground: Native Peoples, Chicago’s Portage, and the Transformation of a Continent, author John William Nelson charts the many peoples that traversed and sought power along Chicago’s portage paths from the seventeenth to the mid-nineteenth centuries, including Indigenous Illinois traders, French explorers, Jesuit missionaries, Meskwaki warriors, British officers, Anishinaabe headmen, and American settlers. Nelson compellingly demonstrates that even deep within the interior, power relations fluctuated based on the control of waterways and local environmental knowledge. 

John William Nelson is an Assistant Professor of early North American history at Texas Tech University. 

Your participation in these online programs through the Center for Digital History supports Fort Ticonderoga’s mission to preserve, educate, and provoke an active discussion about the past and its importance to present and future generations.    

Event Details

Date & Time:

November 3, 2024 02:00 PM to 03:00 PM

Admission Price:

General Public: $10

Additional Information:

Fort Ticonderoga Members: FREE | To receive the Member discount, first register with our website by selecting the “Register” button in the upper right-hand corner. Already registered? Then select “Sign In.” Once signed in, your member discount will be applied.

You must register for this program by 5pm Friday, November 1st.

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