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Betsey Means will bring to the life the strong educated pioneer woman of Juliette Magill Kinzie who was a pioneer writer, historian and wrote much is now considered important accounts about early mid western life and the emerging of Chicago as we know it today. Born in September 1806 and hailing from Connecticut she married John Kinzie in 1830, lived in Wisconsin at Fort Winnebago and moved to Chicago in 1834. She became an authoress in 1844 after her writing of the Narrative of the Massacre at Chicago, an 1812 account of the Fort Dearborn massacre that she had complied from first hand accounts of the Kinzie family. She also wrote a travel memoir, Black Hawk War experiences at Fort Winnebago and personal pioneering experiences in a book entitled Wau-Bun: The Early Days in the North-west published in 1856. Her accounts became the bedrock for early Chicago, Native American and mid western historians that was used for many years. She died in 1870 at the age of 64 in New York. FUN FACT: Their grand daughter would become Juliette Gordon Low, founder of the Girl Scouts!