Saturday, December 10, 2022


Dining in History

Event date: 11/6/2022 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM Export event
Elaine Evans
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Dining in History

Madison County Historical Society

Dining in History is an annual Madison County Historical Society event held at an historic property in Madison County where guests can enjoy a meal and learn about the venue through a program and guided tours. This year the Society is hosting the event at the Old Bakery Brew Company in Alton that is in the former Colonial Bakery building

In earlier years participants have explored the Wildey Theatre, learned about the Alton Dam, and dined in the rotunda of the Madison County Courthouse to celebrate its Centennial. The Dining in History event also serves as the Society’s Annual Meeting for the purpose of electing Board members.

The 2022 DIH event will be held on Sunday, November 6, at the Old Bakery Beer Company in Alton.  The Old Bakery Beer Company is a certified organic craft brewery and restaurant that occupies a century old building that was used as a commercial bakery from 1903 to the 1980s. It opened as a brewery in 2015. Tours of the modern brewery are offered at noon and 12:30. They are followed by a buffet luncheon at 1 p.m. Immediately after the meal there will be a brief Annual Meeting, held for the purpose of electing members to the Society Board.

With business settled, the event will continue with a presentation called “Beer and Bread: The History of Breweries and Bakeries in Alton” by Alton historian Don Huber and Lacy McDonald, Manager of the Hayner Genealogy and History Library. McDonald will discuss the story behind local bakeries with a focus on the Alton Baking Company, Noll’s Bakery, and Colonial Bakery, all of which were once housed in the Old Bakery Beer Company building. Altonians may remember going to Colonial Bakery for elementary school field trips and leaving with a hat and loaf of bread.

Huber will discuss the history of breweries that once flourished in Alton. One of the largest and longest lasting was the Yaeckel Brewery that later became known as Bluff City. The building of the old brewery still exists on Pearl Street. Although there were a half dozen breweries in Alton at one time, Bluff City was the only one to survive Prohibition.

Tickets for DIH are $45 for MCHS members and $55 for non-members. To order tickets or for additional information, call 618-656-1294 or visit the Society’s website at The last day for reservations is October 26.

The Old Bakers Beer Company
400 Landmarks Blvd.
Alton, IL (Map)




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