Hawthorn Hollow to host ‘Keepers of the Fire: A Potawatomi Experience’ June 4

Expert Skip Twardosz to lead educational one-day program


Hawthorn Hollow grew out of love for the land. As a nature sanctuary and arboretum, Hawthorn Hollow has been connecting people and nature through environmental education for more than 50 years. Hawthorn Hollow is owned and operated by the Hyslop Foundation, Inc., a non-profit 501 c3 organization formed in 1964.

Hawthorn Hollow Nature Sanctuary and Arboretum is proud to be offering a new Potawatomi cultural education program called Keepers of the Fire: A Potawatomi Experience set for 5:30 p.m. Saturday, June 4. 

Participants in this unique program will walk part of the Old Jambeau Trail, an original trade route from Chicago to Green Bay, visit Hawthorn Hollow’s Wigwam, participate in a Tipi raising with traditional music, a chance to view Potawatomi artifacts, and leave with a sacred gift of thanks. The Tipi will be available for public viewing and photos for a limited time throughout the summer in the southwest corner of the restored prairie at Hawthorn Hollow. 

Keepers of the Fire will be led by expert Skip Twardosz (Two Doors). Skip is a singer and traditional dancer of Potawatomi descent who presents for schools, historical groups, museums, libraries, scout troops and community organizations. Skip is a former member of the Chicago American Indian Center and was Spiritual Elder for Sacred Circle Native Student Organization at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside. He is a historian of native woodland culture. He has functioned as Storyteller, Fire Keeper, and Elder for many Native gatherings in Wisconsin, Illinois and Indiana.

The Keepers of the Fire program is in honor of Keith Jones, an advocate and expert of Native American history.  The program would not be possible without the generous help from Sue Jones and family.

Registration is required for this outdoor, two-hour event. Register for $10 plus fees at www.hawthornhollow.org or https://hawthornhollow.ticketspice.com/keepers-of-the-fire-a-potawatomi-experience-at-hawthorn-hollow