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Library to hold program about the history of Pearls in the Midwest

The Morris Area Public Library will be hold a program titled, “A History of Pearls in the Midwest” presented by Elise Kendrot, an instructor in the Fine Arts department of Joliet Junior College.  The program will take place at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013.

Natural American pearls are among the oldest and rarest of universal gems.  These pearls are found in many different species of mussels in American rivers and lakes. The Mississippi River is known to the world for providing some of the rarest of gems. 

Elise Kendrot will talk about the history of the pearl as jewelry, as well as the various mussels from local rivers.

Freshwater pearls were once harvested in our own backyard for the button industry and are still used in cultured pearl production. There will be a show and tell about the care of pearls as well as how to assess their quality. This program is sponsored by the Edward D. Hatcher family. 

This program is free and open to the public. Please visit the library or call (815)942-6880 to register. 

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