Academic journal article Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society

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Academic journal article Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society

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This Fall 2011 issue begins with an examination of the French colonial period in Illinois and American history. It is well known that French Jesuit missionaries, such as Father Jacques Marquette, explored the Great Lakes and Illinois Country. Not only did members of the Society of Jesus help map the region and seek converts among the Indians, Jesuit priests also acted as the first ethnographers of native cultures. Key to this process was the compilation of Native American-European language dictionaries to enhance communication and understanding between vastly different peoples and cultures. Michael McCafferty in "Jacques Largillier: French Trader, Jesuit Brother, and Jesuit Scribe Par Excellence" provides new scholarship on this little known French Jesuit's contribution to the MiamiIllinois-French dictionary that is a key source to our understanding of Indian language and culture in Illinois.

In "Raymond Jonson and the Chicago Little Theatre, 1912-1917," Herbert R. Hartel, Jr. provides a theatrical and cultural history of the role Raymond Jonson, a native of Portland, Oregon, played in developing modern stage production. Hartel states that "early in his life Jonson received considerable attention and acclaim as a cutting-edge designer in the simple-stage theater movement that spread across Europe and the United States in the early years of the twentieth century. …

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