In this issue, Lincoln scholar Dr. Stephen Hansen writes about Abraham Lincoln’s numerous journeys to Madison County where he met political friends, conducted business and a participated in a famous debate.
Since 1965, thousands of students at SIUE have attended classes in the Peck Building, named for John Mason Peck, but few knew of his contributions to education in Madison County nearly two centuries ago.
Museum Superintendent Jon Parkin tells about the early settlement of Illinois, where in many cases the military veterans were rewarded for their service and sacrifice with a land grant in Illinois.
Laborers in Madison County History
with Mark Twain & Friends Recap
October 3 – Staff of the Madison County Historical Museum have just installed a new exhibit at the Madison County Courthouse on the history of Madison County schools. The exhibit is located in a large display case in the Courthouse rotunda and in a nearby flat case. Visitors will learn what it was like to attend Madison County schools in the past, from kindergarten to Common School graduation to high school. Highlights include an easel, a school bell, and photos of one-room schoolhouses throughout the county. If you plan to go, you may want to leave your cell phone behind, otherwise you’ll need to get a locker (free) since cell phones are not permitted in the courthouse. Photos courtesy of Lynn Engelman.
in Madison County Courthouse
A pictorial exhibit at the Glen Carbon Heritage Museum was the inspiration for this newsletter that tells the story of early Glen Carbon through artifacts and photographs on a timeline of history.
The Wood River Refinery that today produces nearly two per cent of the nation’s petroleum processing capacity was established here in 1917 on the leasing edge of an energy revolution.
The Montgomery Station was once a thriving farm community where families gathered at the country store, met for platform dances and relied on the railroad to take their crops to market.
On Easter Sunday of 1917, St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church held the first service in their new church, the third building for the small congregation, founded in 1841, that held the status of “mission” for many years.