Mark Walczynski


Illinois Valley Community College

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Researcher, Author, Traveler, Adjunct Educator


Massacre 1769, the Search for the Origin of the Legend of Starved Rock, Center for French Colonial Studies, William L. Potter Publication series, vol. 10 (2013)

Starved Rock State Park the First 100 Years (Outskirts Press, 2011)

Peer Reviewed Journal Articles:

“Réne Robert Cavelier’s Legacy in the Illinois Country,” a paper presented to the 2013 annual conference of the Center for French Colonial Studies, Austin, TX (2013) published in Le Journal, publication for the Center for French Colonial Studies (2014)

“La Salle's Fort Saint Louis of the Illinois: Documentary and Archaeological Evidence for Its Actual Location and Specific Considerations for Why It Was Built Where it Was,” Le Journal (2010)

“The Starved Rock Massacre of 1769: Fact or Fiction,” Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society (2007)

Other Publications/Contributions:

“Starved Rock State Park, IL;” American Indian Places, A Historical Guidebook, Frances Kennedy ed. Houghton Mifflin (2008)

Contributor to The Early History of the Illinois Indians, DVD by Daniel Hechenberger (2006)

Historical Consultant for Starved Rock and the Illiniwek, Richard Applegate, Tate Books (2006)

Introduction to Starved Rock Through the Centuries, J. B. McDonnell and Lloyd Eric Reeve (2003 reprint of 1924 work) published by the La Salle County Historical Society

Mentioned in Native American Place Names in Indiana, Michael McCafferty, University of Illinois Press (2008)

Work Cited in:

Myths and Mysteries in Illinois, True Stories of the Unsolved and Unexplained, by Richard Moreno, Morris Book Publishing (2013) 

Founding St. Louis: First City of the New West, by J. Frederick Fausz, History Press (2011)

Where the South Lost the War: An Analysis of the Fort Henry-Fort Donelson Campaign February 1862, by Kendall D. Gott, Stackpole Books (2011)

 “Starved Rock Fort,” Upper Midwest Archaeology, Illinois Archaeological Survey, Inc., Illinois Archaeology, vol. 22 (1), pp. 240–255 (2010) Fred A. Finney


Affiliate of the Illinois State Archaeological Survey, Prairie Research Institute, Champaign, IL

Presented papers at the Conference on Illinois History, sponsored by the Illinois State Historic Preservation Agency, Springfield, IL (2005-2014)

Member of the Board of Directors, Center for French Colonial Studies

Park Historian, Starved Rock Educational and Historical Foundation, Utica, IL

Honors and Awards

Volunteer of the Year, Illinois Department of Natural Resources (2011)

Distinguished Service Award, Illinois Valley Archaeological Survey (1992)

Life Saving Award, La Salle County Sheriff's Office (1997)

Merit Award, Illinois Department of Natural Resources (1992)

Certificate of Merit, Illinois Department of Natural Resources (1993)


Letters of Commendation:

U.S. Coast Guard

Illinois State Police

Illinois Department of Natural Resources

La Salle County (Illinois) Sheriff's Office

Lee County (Illinois) Sheriff's Office

Mercer County (Illinois) States Attorney's Office

Illinois Emergency Management Agency

Mendota (Illinois) Police Department