McHenry County Historical Society & Museum
Norman Moline, a historical geographer from Rock Island, will provide a broad survey of the development of Illinois’ connections since 1818. After noting how our state’s shape was determined, learn about the Illinois and Michigan Canal and the Hennepin Canal, railroad expansion, significant highway connections and the evolution of postal service – including free urban delivery and then rural delivery. Moline earned his doctorate at the University of Chicago, focusing on the impacts of the automobile and good roads from 1900 to 1930. He taught for 45 years at Augustana College in Rock Island.
Macon County History Museum
Join us on March 10 as we welcome guest speaker Don Chamberlain who will present his program "The Illinois Central Railroad the the Civil War." The building of the Illinois Central Railroad changed the population and culture of Illinois citizens as it was built. After establishing rail connections from Cairo, Illinois south to Mobile, Alabama and New Orleans, Louisiana, the IC expected even more profits. Then the Civil War began and the southern routes were compromised. The IC continued to be very important for the Union cause during the Civil War in several unexpected ways. This program explains why.