Kankakee River documentary slated to be shown Tuesday

2013-02-07T19:00:00Z 2013-02-07T19:05:09Z Kankakee River documentary slated to be shown TuesdayTimes Staff nwitimes.com
February 07, 2013 7:00 pm  • 

KOUTS | The Kankakee Valley Historical Society will hold its general meeting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Kouts Library, 101 E. Daumer Road.

The program will include the showing of the "Everglades of the North" video. This one-hour documentary tells the history of the Grand Kankakee Marsh and how people have used and perceived this wetland for more than 10,000 years.

The Grand Kankakee Marsh may have been as large as 1 million acres in northern Indiana and Illinois, and was home to some of the highest concentrations of wildlife and waterfowl in North America.

Less than 5 percent of the Kankakee River marshes survived modern development, and the film explores the important role this wetland played in the history of the area.

The film looks at the natural and cultural history of the area and the different uses of the land from the earliest Native Americans to the European settlement to modern agriculture.

Patty Wisniewski and Jeff Manes produced the video and will be on hand to talk about the video's creation and answer any questions.

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