Local environmentalist Dave Bendlin will begin with a prehistory of the river, then describe the settlement of the region by indigenous Native Americans, culminating with the arrival of European settlers. The talk will track the industrialization of the river front, including the increase of environment challenges as the river was being used to dispose of waste. Growing awareness of the waterway as a community asset in the late 20th century led to cleanup and restoration efforts, which continue today by a variety of local groups. The Beloit College Archives has generously provided historical imagery that tells the story of this ecological anchor of the Stateline Area.
Following the talk, Friends of Welty Environmental Center will hold their annual meeting. Feel free to stay and hear about our progress over the last year, and strategies for success in the future–perhaps you’d like to get involved in our work!
Both the talk and meeting are free and open to the public. Reserve your seat now!