Exploring Starved Rock: The familiar and the unfamiliar


LA SALLE - The LaSalle Public Library will virtually host park historian and author, Mark Walczynski on Tuesday, June 22 at 6 p.m. for a unique program about Starved Rock State Park. 

Starved Rock State Park is considered one of the state’s most beautiful destinations. Seasonal waterfalls, awe-inspiring bluffs, and rugged canyons dominate the storied landscape. Following the paths explored in Walczynski’s newest book, “Hiker and Visitor Guide to Starved Rock State Park,” the program will highlight the beauty, biodiversity, geology and human history of the park, and will explore familiar and unfamiliar places, as well as provide interesting facts about the park’s flora and fauna.

Walczynski’s book is available to purchase at the Starved Rock Foundation’s Le Rocher Gift Shop at the Visitor Center.

Walczynski is a park historian for the Starved Rock Foundation and his work has been published in historical journals including the “Journal of Illinois State Historical Society,” “Le Journal” and “Michigan’s Habitant Heritage.” His books include “Starved Rock State Park,” “The First 100 Years,” “Massacre 1769,” “The Search for the Origin of the Legend of Starved Rock,” “Inquietus,” “LaSalle in the Illinois Country” and “The History of Starved Rock: 1673 to 1911.” He is retired from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. 

The program is free and open to the public and will be presented on Zoom. Please register at https://bit.ly/3g1IUjp. For more information, please contact the LaSalle Public Library at (815) 223-2341 or e-mail Rachael Blomquist at rblomquist@lasalle.lib.il.us.