Our presenter assumes the identity of “A Resident living in Kaskaskia around 1817” in period dress to share with us historical information, events and experiences as Kaskaskia is slated to become the first capitol of Illinois.
Doors open 6:00pm; Buffet Dinner-Reservations –call Sue Watters at 618-939-5545.
Reservations may also be mailed to:
Waterloo Museum Society for the History Museum of Monroe County
724 Elaine Dr. P.O. Box 28, Waterloo IL 62298
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The first civilization to establish a city, as we know it today were the Mississippians – North America’s greatest ancient culture was established at Cahokia Mounds. Several other smaller cities or villages were part of this great civilization. Information will show the occupation of Pulcher Mound Group, the second most significant site, next to Cahokia Mounds. This new information was gathered using ground penetrating radar which shows clearly the village structures and density of the population. Today, we are still learning how the people lived and interacted with each other.
Miles Cemetery and the mausoleum sets on a bluff overlooking the American Bottoms in Monroe County. Our program highlights the history of the cemetery, the restoration of the mausoleum after years of neglect and plans for future work to be accomplished. The art of “Dowsing” will be explained and demonstrations given illustrating how Dowsing comes in handy even in cemetery work. Doerr, one of three trustees for Miles Cemetery, is interested in history and has worked hard to preserve and improve the cemetery for continued use.
Route 66 – This phrase alone inspires images of road trips, classic cars, quirky roadside attractions, and Mom & Pop diners. Millions of people around the world have heard of Route 66 but how much do YOU actually know about it? This presentation will provide the history of Route 66 in Illinois and famous attractions along the way to inspire you to embark on your own Route 66 journey! Ms. Land is an architectural historian working for the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and diligently works to save Illinois’ historic resources from adverse effects of transportation projects, including Historic Route 66.
The presentation will feature many never seen before early 1900’s photo images from Monroe County. In the early 1900’s postcards were used daily as a way to communicate among friends by writing a simple note on the backside of the card. This was in the days before the telephone was widely available in most homes. Early photographers such as Lafayette Fults from Waterloo and others put their photos on postcards which were then sold at local drugstores and general stores. Luckily over time some of these postcards were saved in albums by their original owners. Randy will share many of these local images from his collection during the presentation.
Judy Jennings had been looking to move to Monroe County for some time and was shown a house from the 1900s in Merrimac. Interested in history and archaeology since childhood she researched the area, learned a lot about the history and bought the house! Her program will focus on the history of Merrimac, the house she owns and the progress and experiences during the restoration of the home to its original beauty in 1915.
Today’s program focuses on the forts and block houses of Illinois during the War of 1812, specifically Whiteside Station here in Monroe County. Kevin is a direct descendant of this pioneer family who came to this area in 1793. His Revolutionary grandfather is John Whiteside who is buried here in the Moore Cemetery part of museum’s historical surroundings. Kevin has been presenting on Illinois History for 35 years and is currently president of the Bond County Historical Society in Greenville.
Quilters and non-quilters will enjoy the unique way of telling the story and history behind a quilt collection. Stacked and displayed on an antique bed each quilt is revealed as the story is told.
Join us if you are interested in making your own “Cotton Covered Christmas Tree”. There is plenty of time to get ready for and complete a new personal project for a family Christmas memory or tradition! Join us for directions, tips, and a little “cotton” practice. We’ll have everything you need!