Tuesday, February 20, 2018


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The Illinois Central Railroad and the Civil War presented by Don Chamberlain

Macon County History Museum

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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.

When Illinois was Louisiana: The Forgotten French Face of the Illinois Bicentennial

Woodstock Celebrates, Inc.

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Charles Balesi, author of The Time of the French in the Heart of North America, 1673-1818, now in its 4th edition, will talk about "When Illinois was Louisiana: The Forgotten French Face of the Illinois Bicentennial." The event will begin on Sunday, March 18, at 2 p.m. and last until 3:30 p.m., to allow for answering audience questions and signing books. 

Photo Preservation Workshop

St. Clair County Historical Society

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Learn how to preserve and protect your photographic memories. Join us for a fun, hands-on workshop with Curator Will Shannon. It all takes place at the Emma Kunz House (602 Fulton Street in Belleville; Lower Level) on Saturday, March 3rd from 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
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