Stitches in Time: Discovering Libertyville History through the 1889 Union Church Signature Quilt (part 2)

In part 1 of this series on the 1889 Union Church signature quilt, we learned about signature quilts in general, explored some of the unique characteristics of this specific quilt, and revealed the history of the Union Church. Now that the groundwork has been laid, let’s turn to some of the individual squares and the Libertyville people…

The settlers that followed: Colonial encounters, Native American expulsions, and the founding of Libertyville, 1634 – 1836 C.E.

Welcome back to my somewhat belated second installment on the history of the Native American peoples of Lake County! When we left off in my last post, it was the early 1600’s. In what would become Illinois, the Inoca Confederation had risen to become the most powerful tribal group, while on the East Coast of North America, French, Dutch,…