John Deere: a Discussion of the History and Future of Agriculture
The program will be presented March 31st at 6:30 PM. Using the format of a first person dialogue, Brian Ellis will portray Deere in the setting of a private board meeting as Deere announces his retirement from John Deere & Company. During the portrayal, Ellis will show the founder of the company reflecting on his life of successes and struggles. Ellis is an internationally acclaimed author, storyteller, historian, and naturalist who lives in Bishop Hill, Illinois. He has worked with the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield and the Field Museum in Chicago. The Friends of the Watseka Public Library group is hosting the program which is free and open to the public . The Illinois Humanities Council has provided funding for the program: Ellis is a participant in the Council’s Road Scholars Speakers Bureau.