French Colonial Fort de Chartres:
A Journey in Time
A new publication being created by award-winning artist Tom Willcockson, published by Les Amis du Fort de Chartres, with “Forgotten Illinois” grant support from the Illinois Humanities Council.
Our new Les Amis 2018 educational project is a line-art publication, French Colonial Fort de Chartres, a Journey in Time, depicting “Forgotten Illinois” pre-statehood years of 1755-1756, in and around Fort de Chartres. A Journey in Time will be a 36-40-page line-art one color publication, created by award-winning artist Tom Willcockson and published by Les Amis du Fort de Chartres. Tom is the artist of the current interactive pamphlet available at the fort and among his many career accomplishments, his art is featured in two other publications, Twelve Moons: A Year with the Sauk and Meskwaki, 1817-1818 and Passage to Chicago: A Journey on the Illinois & Michigan Canal in the Year 1860. Both publications won the Illinois Association of Museums’ Superior Achievement Award. The style of this new publication featuring Fort de Chartres mid eighteenth-century history is unique to other currently published books about Fort de Chartres and will present a great visual perspective for young adults and the general public, filling a void in schools and libraries.
Les Amis thanks everyone for their willingness to support our efforts to expand educational projects dedicated to preserving and protecting Fort de Chartres physical and cultural traditions and helping spread the word of their importance in our region’s history.
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