Forgotten Illinois

A Journey in Time

French Colonial Fort de Chartres, a Journey in Time is a 38-page line-art publication, by award-winning artist Tom Willcockson, focusing on the region’s little-known history of a colonial stone fort and exploring the complex reality of French colonialism in the 1700s.

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Book Release Event

A Les Amis du Fort de Chartres special book release event was held on Saturday, August 25, 2018, 11-2 p.m. at Fort de Chartres State Historic Site. The author & artist Tom Willcockson signed book copies.

At the event:

  • A special site tour was offered by former Fort de Chartres State Historic Site Supervisor Darrell Duensing
  • Public discussion with Dr. Margaret Kimball Brown, renowned Illinois historian
  • Eighteenth century refreshments were available.

A new publication created by award-winning artist Tom Willcockson, published by Les Amis du Fort de Chartres, with “Forgotten Illinois” grant support from the Illinois Humanities Council. Book proceeds benefit Les Amis’ educational projects throughout the area.

Former Fort de Chartres State Historic Site Supervisor Darrell Duensing leads a site tour of Fort de Chartres on August 25, 2018
Former Fort de Chartres State Historic Site Supervisor Darrell Duensing leads a site tour of Fort de Chartres on August 25, 2018
Author Tom Wilkinson signs copies of his book, A Journey in Time, on August 25, 2018
Eighteenth century refreshments available at the book event on August 25, 2018