Monday, March 4, 2024


Jenni Dahl

Madison County's Indian Captivity Story, What Really Happened to theĀ Gillhams?

Madison County Historical Society

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On Sunday, June 5 at 2 p.m. the Madison County Historical Society (MCHS) Speaker Series will return to an in-person format. The June program will be held in the lower level of Immanuel United Methodist Church at 800 N. Main St., Edwardsville, directly across the street from the MCHS Library. The presenter, Library Research Manager Mary Z. Rose, will explore the facts about the only documented Indian captive narrative of Madison County.

The Jackson County Historical Society

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The Jackson County Historical Society is excited to announce it has added more than a dozen new indexes to its website. The indexes contain more than 159,000 names including vital records (births, marriages and deaths thru 1925) early courthouse records (divorces, criminal complaints and insanity petitions) and obituaries/death notices through 2020. Copies of the records can be ordered through the Historical Society’s website. Visit us today at

Four Score Speaker Series: Dr. Ted Widmer

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Join us for an in-depth conversation with Dr. Ted Widmer on his most recent book, Lincoln on the Verge. Following our wide-ranging conversation with Dr. Widmer in 2020, the feedback was clear: the audience enjoyed the discussion and wanted more time and discussion about his latest book. We’re delighted to bring him back to talk specifically about what publisher Simon & Schuster called, “the dramatic story of America’s greatest president discovering his own strength to save the Republic. As a divided nation plunges into the deepest crisis in its history, Abraham Lincoln boards a train for Washington and his inauguration—an inauguration Southerners have vowed to prevent. Lincoln on the Verge charts these pivotal thirteen days of travel, as Lincoln discovers his power, speaks directly to the public, and sees his country up close.”  


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