Program to showcase area islands

Submitted photoThe arrow points to the ADM gold dome to provide perspective to the size and location of Beaver Island. Beaver Island is the largest island in the Upper Mississippi River region. It is 4 miles long and about 2 miles wide at its widest section. Measuring about 1,900 acres, its land mass surpasses the Arsenal Island at Rock Island, which is 946 acres. The circumference is 9 miles. At one time, there were 128 residents living there. These and other historical events surrounding the many islands that share both Fulton, Illinois, and Clinton, as neighbors will be presented at Sunday’ program.

FULTON, Ill. — A program this weekend will take participants back in time to showcase the many area islands of the Mississippi River.

The program will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Fulton (Martin House) Museum. Lanie Lass, of Clinton, will showcase a PowerPoint presentation featuring photos, maps and history of the area of the Upper Mississippi River, including not only Beaver Island, but many islands, such as Willow Island, Little Rock Island and Joyce Island. 

Her research also includes Albany Island, Swan Island and Stamps Island. 

Early history reveals that Zebulon Pike was instructed by President Thomas Jefferson in 1805, along with the Lewis and Clark expedition, to explore the Upper Mississippi River region. It is documented that Pike camped on Beaver Island on Aug. 29, 1805.

These, and other historical activities, will be included in the sketches and snippets of those early Island settlers, scenes and sloughs that are geographically located between Fulton, Illinois, and Clinton. Each year, the Fulton Historical Society presents at least one program on the Mississippi River, but this is the first time this topic will be presented. 

Lass’s Master’s thesis at Iowa State and doctoral studies at the University of Illinois focused on historical research. As a volunteer in Clinton, she enjoys sharing those gifts and experiences in her historical presentations.

Refreshments will be served. 


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