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Prince Maximilian Visits LLI 2/23

Don’t Miss Your Chance to Experience History Come to Life!

Prince Maximilian & Karl Bodmer: Touring the Wilderness of North America (LLI 6000)

Friday, February 23, 1-3 p.m., W218, Fees: $38 / LLI Member Fees: $19


Brian “Fox” Ellis returns to Harper College as Prince Maximilian, in a virtual tour of the North American wilderness. Ellis last appeared on our stage as Mathias Stritt, a German immigrant who enlisted in the Union Army and served with General Sherman as he burned Atlanta and marched to the sea. His riveting performance was a highlight of last year’s One Book One Harper series and we can’t wait to experience his next adventure as explorer Maximilian, the Prince of Wied, touring North America in the early 1830s.

Prince Maximilian & Karl Bodmer: Touring the Wilderness of North America (LLI 6000-100): Join the Prince of Wied, Maximilian, as he takes you on a tour of North America as he saw it in 1832-34. Using Karl Bodmer’s illuminating illustrations, Prince Maximilian will escort the audience on an adventure from the Grand Banks of Newfoundland to the Great Falls of the Missouri River, from New Harmony, Indiana to New Orleans, Louisiana. Travel with this intrepid explorer to meet America’s best scientific minds, explore the West in the wake of Lewis and Clark, and participate in traditional American Indian drumming songs. The audience will be immersed in the cultures and customs of the First American’s, including encounters with Black Hawk and Four Bears. Storyteller and author Brian “Fox” Ellis steps into the shoes of Prince Maximilian allowing the audience to step back in time. Much of the text for this performance comes directly from the Prince’s recently transcribed and translated journals. Fox brings a small museum of American Indian artifacts including drums, buckskin, buffalo robes, and peace medals. The backdrop includes the distinctive landscapes of the West, portraits of American Indians, and the scenes from everyday life painted by Karl Bodmer. (This program was jointly sponsored by the New Harmony Indiana Interpreters and The Joslyn Museum in Omaha, Nebraska.) Friday, February 23, 1-3 p.m., W218, Fees: $38 / LLI Member Fees: $19.

Brian “Fox” Ellis as Union Army Soldier Mathias Stritt

Brian “Fox” Ellis is an internationally acclaimed author, storyteller, historian, and naturalist. He has worked with The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, The Field Museum and dozens of other museums across the country. Fox is a highly sought keynote speaker at regional and international conferences including the International Wetlands Conservation Conference, National Science Teachers Association Conference and the North American Prairie Conservation Conference, et al. Fox is also the Artistic Director for Prairie Folklore Theatre a unique theatre company that celebrates ecology and history through original musical theatre productions. He is the author of 16 books including the critically acclaimed Learning From the Land: Teaching Ecology Through Stories and Activities, (Libraries Unlimited, 2011), the award winning children’s picture book The Web at Dragonfly Pond, (DAWN Publications, 2006) and Content Area Reading, Writing and Storytelling (Teacher Ideas Press 2010). Many of his stories are also available on one of 12 CDs. He and his wife run a Bed and Breakfast in Bishop Hill, Illinois, The Twinflower Inn.

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