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May 2017

Herb Gardening

May 21, 2017 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Madison County Archival Library, 801 North Main Street
Edwardsville, IL 62025 United States
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Master gardeners Julie Hamilton and Ellen Nore of the Edwardsville Garden Club will present a program on current and historical uses of herbs.

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September 2017

Steel and Solidarity in Granite City

September 10, 2017 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Madison County Archival Library, 801 North Main Street
Edwardsville, IL 62025 United States
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Gary Gaines

Local labor union historian Gary Gaines will give a program on the Steelworkers Unions on Sunday, September 10 at 2 p.m. at the Madison County Archival Library at 801 N. Main Street in Edwardsville, Illinois. Gary Gaines. According to Gaines, steelmaking in Granite City was almost an accident. The Niedringhaus brothers started their business across the river, but St. Louis leaders didn’t like the noise, dirt or the smell of the factories. When it was time to expand, the Niedringhaus…

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Lincoln Place Heritage Festival

September 23, 2017 @ 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Lincoln Place Community Center, 822 Niedringhaus Avenue
Granite City, IL 62040 United States
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Join MCHS at the Lincoln Place Heritage Festival on Saturday, September 23, 2017 from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM at the Lincoln Place Community Center in Granite City. Celebrate the varied cultures of the historic Lincoln Place neighborhood at this family friendly event.  Admission is free and parking is free.  Immigrant cultures represented include Macedonia, Bulgaria, Armenia, Hungary, Mexico, Croatia, Russia, England, Ireland, and Scotland. Some of what you can expect and appreciate include: Ethnic foods and pastries Ethnic folk…

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October 2017

Adventurers, Crusaders, and Entrepreneurs: The Women of Illinois Route 66

October 1, 2017 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Madison County Archival Library, 801 North Main Street
Edwardsville, IL 62025 United States
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Cheryl Eichar Jett will present a program on the bold women who became part of the Illinois legend of Route 66 for the Madison County Historical Society. The presentation will be held on Sunday, October 1 at 2 p.m. at the Madison County Archival Library at 801 N. Main Street in Edwardsville, Illinois. The women of Illinois 66 included entrepreneurs who ran theaters, ballrooms, motels and restaurants as well as many divergent personalities and talents from the adventurous Gypsy Coeds…

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Leclaire Parkfest

October 15, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Leclaire Park, 900 Hale Avenue
Edwardsville, IL 62025 United States
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Join MCHS at 26th Annual Leclaire Parkfest on Sunday, October 15th from noon to 5 pm at Leclaire Park on Hale Avenue in Edwardsville, IL. The festival features three bands: Dixieland Jazz by the St. Louis Levee Band Trio (Noon – 2:30 pm), followed by Bluegrass and other old time folk music from the Lodge Brothers (2:30 pm-5 pm) at the bandstand. On the east side of the park, Mike Zanger & Friends will play Americana music (1 pm-3:30 pm).…

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November 2017

Dining In History: Wood River Refinery Centennial

November 5, 2017
Rox-Arena, 2 Park Drive
Roxana, IL 62084 United States
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Click here for a PDF version of this flyer, including the reservation form.

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June 2018

Emancipation In Illinois

June 10, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Immanuel Methodist Church – Lower Level, 800 N. Main Street
Edwardsville, IL 62025 United States
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Many people assume that since Illinois was a northern free state, that there was no slavery here. But it’s a bit more complicated. Chattel slavery in the territorial years, indentured servitude, slavery exemptions in at least five counties, and gradual emancipation all meant that unfree labor was a constant in Illinois leading up to the Civil War. Dr. Bryan Jack (at left) will provide an overview of slavery and unfree labor in Illinois. Jack is an associate professor of historical studies…

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August 2018

Lewis & Clark In Illinois

August 19, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Immanuel Methodist Church – Lower Level, 800 N. Main Street
Edwardsville, IL 62025 United States
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Illinois was the "Point of Departure" on May 14, 1804, for the Lewis and Clark Expedition that left from the eastern banks of the Mississippi River at the Wood River confluence and began their two and one half year journey to explore the Louisiana Territory and search for a passage to the Pacific Ocean. Illinois is often not considered part of the expedition, but in fact the men spent more time in Illinois than any other state except North Dakota. Site Superintendent, Brad…

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