Friday, April 19, 2019



Slavery in Illinois: Slave Owners, Abolitionists, and the Underground Railroad

The Chicago History Museum and the Illinois Holocaust Museum

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Join Darrel Dexter, author of Bondage in Egypt: Slavery in Illinois, and Owen Muelder, author of The Underground Railroad in Western Illinois, as they discuss slave owners, abolitionists and the efforts to aid escaping slaves in Illinois. The Chicago History Museum’s Director of Curatorial Affairs, Charles Bethea, will moderate.

LeTourneau Steel House Historical Marker Dedication Ceremony

Wheels O'Time Museum

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On May 4, an ISHS historical marker will be dedicated at the site of the LeTourneau steel house. The restoration of the LeTourneau steel house was a cooperative project involving the Central Illinois Landmarks Foundation, the Peoria Historical Society and Wheels O’ Time Museum. 

Unveiling of Freeport City Hall Time Capsule

Stephenson County Historical Society Annual Meeting and Dinner

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This year saw the demolition of Freeport’s old City Hall, built in 1899. It was a sad event for many historically-minded citizens. Fortunately, the original time capsule was located, saved, and donated to the Stephenson County Historical Society. At this year’s Annual Meeting and Dinner, the Stephenson County Historical Society will reveal those contents for the first time since they were tucked away and sealed within the walls of that building 120 years ago.

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