Miller program features Native American history

Native Cherokee and Ojibwe, Dan Lybarger from Galesburg, Illinois, will share his knowledge of Native American history and culture at 6 p.m. Feb. 22 at the Windmill Cultural Center tourism event titled “Preparing for the Future by Touching the Past.” Submitted photo

FULTON, Ill. — The year 2018 celebrates the bicentennial anniversary of the state of Illinois. What better way to pay tribute to the state’s history than to start at its pre-history status.

Native Cherokee and Ojibwe, Dan Lybarger from Galesburg, Illinois, will share his knowledge of Native American history and culture at 6 p.m. Feb. 22 at the Windmill Cultural Center tourism event titled “Preparing for the Future by Touching the Past.”

Lybarger has presented flute music and story-telling programs throughout the Midwest. He has been a previous guest at Heritage Canyon to play his Native American flute. At this event, he will tell of his cultural background. He holds great interest in the preservation of Native American languages, history and culture.

He has been honored with the Peoria Falcon Award for his contribution to the Native American community. He also has spoken at several museums in Oklahoma City; Prairie du Chen, Wisconsin; and Genoa, Nebraska. He also has spoken at public schools and colleges. He has developed language and cultural teaching methods for whose who have been away from their tribal homes and wish to recover a sense of their language and culture.

The program is sponsored by the Volunteer Millers of de Immigrant Windmill with financial assistance from a D.S. Flikkema Foundation grant.

The presentation will be held at the Windmill Cultural Center at 111 10th Ave. in downtown Fulton, across from the authentic Dutch windmill. This event is free and open to the public. The facility is accessible to people with disabilities. Light refreshments will be served following the presentation.

For more information, visit the Windmill Cultural Center and de Immigrant Windmill Facebook page, the www.cityoffulton.us website or call (815) 589-3925.