March 17, 2022
James Strang, the most infamous American you’ve likely never heard of, was a self-proclaimed divine king of earth, heaven, and Beaver Island in Lake Michigan. From this stronghold he controlled a fourth of the state of Michigan, establishing a pirate colony where he practiced plural marriage and perpetrated thefts, corruption, and frauds of all kinds. In presenting this tale of utopian dreamers, frontier schemers, true believers, false prophets and the murder of an American Monarch, author Miles Harvey gets to the root of this American original, setting him in the boisterous pre-Civil War era that allowed con-men like James Strang to thrive.
Presented by the Woodstock Fine Arts Association.
Tickets are $27 and may be purchased through the box office
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Woodstock, Illinois 60098