July 2 – Nineteenth Annual Platform Lecture
E.J. Neafsey: Marquette and Jolliet’s Voyage to the Mississippi in 1673 – 350 Years Ago – (in their own words!)
7:00 PM, Auditorium
E.J. Neafsey will speak about the The Jolliet and Marquette Expedition of 1673-1675 on the 350th anniversary of that voyage. The story of these events will be told in the words of the Jesuit Relations, annual reports sent back to Paris by the Jesuit missionaries in New France at that time.
His talk will include a description of 17th century North America, brief introductions of Marquette and Jolliet, a detailed description of their 1673 voyage, and explorations of Jolliet’s trip to the Governor of New France in Montreal in 1674 and Marquette’s final trip to the Illinois village of Kaskaskia (Starved Rock). “In their own words” refers to the fact that Neafsey will quote extensively from Marquette’s journals and other Jesuit Relations documents and from a letter by Jolliet.
We look forward to learning more about this important expedition that passed by the site of our Chautauqua three and a half centuries ago.
E. J. Neafsey was born in Chicago. He graduated from Loyola University Chicago and then went to UCLA where he obtained his PhD in Anatomy/Neuroscience. He was a professor at Loyola University Chicago’s Stritch School of Medicine for 33 years, teaching and doing research in neuroscience. He retired in 2012. He has spent many years doing prairie restoration at Wolf Road Prairie in Westchester. And, after high school he spent nine years as a Jesuit seminarian.