Sunday, April 26, 2015

Mural Installed at Isle a la Cache Museum in Romeoville

The Forest Preserve District of Will County's Isle a la Cache Museum in Romeoville documents the history of the 1700's in the land that is now Illinois.  The museum features exhibits on the Great Lakes Fur Trade and the Potawatomi Native Americans.  The museum recently added a mural by artist Jeanine Hattas Wilson.  

Museum Supervisor Chris Gutmann sent Wilson photos of items on display at the Museum, including its birch bark canoe, and she incorporated them into the mural. The scene is set on the Des Plaines River, as is the museum, and a Potawatomi summer lodge sits across the river in the mural’s background.

“That’s definitely my favorite thing to do, working in a museum and public spaces,” she said. “Using murals is a great way to tell historical stories. You want to capture a feeling for a moment. You’re capturing the story in one shot.”

The mural cost $9,900 and was paid for with funds from the Forest Preserve's operating fund.

Video of the mural's creation:

Hattas Public Murals: "Painting Fur Trade Mural" from Jeanine Hattas Wilson on Vimeo.

The mural can be viewed during museum hours: 

Tuesday-Saturday: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Sunday: Noon-4 p.m.
Monday: Closed

The Isle a la Cache Museum is located at 501 E. Romeo Road (135th Street), east of Route 53, in Romeoville.