Online Event, Streaming on the Museum of the Grand Prairie Facebook and YouTube pages.
Over a hundred years ago, people with names like Osterbur, Duitsman, Busboom, and Behrens came to America from a place called Ostfriesland (also known as East Frisia), Germany. When they boarded ships to make the transatlantic journey, these intrepid travelers sought a better way of life and knew they would probably never see their homeland or some members of their family again. After arriving, many families settled in northeastern Champaign County, Illinois, to form unique East Frisian communities. To help preserve the heritage of these communities, the Museum of the Grand Prairie, then the Early American Museum, began the East Frisian of Illinois: A Field Investigation project in the 1990s. Its goal was to preserve Champaign County’s East Frisian Heritage through oral history collection. Join Curator Mark Hanson to learn more about the stories captured in this project and recent preservation work that has taken place with these oral histories. Also, preview content from a new traveling and online exhibit entitled Part of the Community: East Frisian Oral History in Champaign County. This work was funded in part by grants from the Illinois State Historical Records Advisory Board. FREE. For more info: (217) 586-2612 or email@example.com or on Museum of the Grand Prairie’s Facebook.