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Studying past lives in Grayslake Cemetery

Studying past lives in Grayslake...

Raquel Harris's 5th graders used information from headstones to delve...

Studying past lives in Grayslake Cemetery

Studying past lives in Grayslake Cemetery

Raquel Harris's 5th graders used information from headstones to delve into the history of their community.
From origins in a small Robinson confectionary to mass production

From origins in a small Robinson...

Heath toffee bars satisfied WW II soldiers in the field and are still...

From origins in a small Robinson confectionary to mass production

From origins in a small Robinson confectionary to mass production

Heath toffee bars satisfied WW II soldiers in the field and are still made today, thanks to their demand.
Waiting for Johnny Appleseed Trees at the Strawbridge Shepherd House

Waiting for Johnny Appleseed Trees...

October 4th found several anxious recipients of Johnny Appleseed trees...

Waiting for Johnny Appleseed Trees at the Strawbridge Shepherd House

Waiting for Johnny Appleseed Trees at the Strawbridge Shepherd House

October 4th found several anxious recipients of Johnny Appleseed trees waiting for the delivery to arrive some two hours behind schedule.  Patient tree patrons were rewarded!

 

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2/25/1779

George Rogers Clark returns to Kaskaskia via the Wabash and Mississippi Rivers following his successful capture of Vincennes.

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Base Ball Comes to Decatur presented by Bob Sampson

Macon County History Museum

  • 4 February 2018
  • Author: Elaine Evans
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Event date: 4/21/2018 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM Export event

Join us on April 21 as we welcome guest speaker Bob Sampson who will present his program "Base Ball Comes to Decatur." Imagine a baseball field with a stream running through the outfield, a literal water hazard for ballplayers or a large crowd watching a game near the junction of Decatur’s two busiest railroads. If you can’t, Millikin University’s Dr. Bob Sampson of the Department of History and Political Science will explain this and more, including why the game was spelled as two words.

You’ll meet the young man who brought the game to the city and played in 1866 and 1867 under the flag of the “McPhersons.” Decatur’s role in the “base ball mania” that was sweeping across Illinois between 1865 and 869 will be discussed, as well as the high and low points of the “McPhersons” brief history and what happened in later life to their leading players.

The presentation is based on research Sampson has conducted for the past few years on this topic.

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Macon County History Museum
5580 North Fork Road
Decatur, IL (Map
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