Logan County Genealogical & Historical Society
Previous LCGHS Programs &
Program on interpreters training presented at historical
by Marla Blair
Bringing history to life is not impossible when trained interpreters relate
to visitors with stories
and time-period conversation. Most of us have seen interpreters at
Postville Courthouse, New
Salem, the Davis mansion or other historic sites. Being an interpreter
isn’t magic, but it takes
practice and special skills to make it work.
Anne Mosley, Assistant Director, Lincoln Heritage Museum at Lincoln College,
program Monday night at the Logan County Genealogical and Historical Society
interpreters training. The opportunity could prepare several people to be
interpreters for local,
state or nation-wide historic sites.
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Black History Month
- will be recognized with a program
involving historic Allen Chapel, which has experienced restoration and upgrades over the last year. The program will
feature the portrayal of at least
one individual from the African-American history of Logan County and/or
March - Captain A.
H. Bogardus - Historians from
Mt. Pulaski and Elkhart came together to present a biography
and stories of mid-to-late
resident Adam Henry Bogardus, a Civil War officer, local legend,
inventor and world-renowned sharpshooter. Gillette Ransom discussed the Logan
County man, his family and his
life’s achievements. Phil Bertoni presented a power-pt.
presentation that coordinated with Gillette's talk.
References were made to the voluminous amount of information on
Capt. Bogardus that may be viewed on the Internet.
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Jack Burke, curator
Heritage in Flight Museum at the Logan County
Airport, discussed the in-door and out-door displays
that have been acquired since the early 1980's that
reveal both military and commercial aviation history -
military memorabilia and artifacts from all conflicts
dating back to WWI. Many local contributors
(veterans and their families) have made the museum ever
more personable with exploits recorded for all to read.
Some of the outside static displays noted: F-4B
"Phantom" II, T-33A "Shooting Star", C-45 "Expeditor",
UH-1H "Iroquois" Huey and several military vehicles
including a WWII ambulance whose interior has been
completely preserved. The museum building is
currently open only on Saturdays, 10 - 2. Jack
also discussed the current two-year refurbishing plans
made possible with a recent $112,000 grant from the
Illinois Dept. of Natural Resources.
May - LCGHS member Diane Osborne gave an overview of the book
she is compiling, with histories of old houses in
Lincoln and Postville. Also, representatives from
the Marbold Farmstead, Greenview, gave a slide show
presentation on the historic home and its former owners.
Executive Director at Main Street Lincoln,
gave an overview of Main Street's updated vision,
sharing the list of events and activities planned
for this year, and introduced the business workshops
that are scheduled this summer.
Bill Donath, President of the LCGHS, spoke on the
U.S. Sanitary Commission which provided medical
assistance to soldiers during the Civil War. He
focused on the contributions made by local groups.
There will be an article on this in the next
15 July, 2013 LDN:
Bill Detmers: Be
Careful Crossing the Hard Road
Aug - Lynn Spellman, retired Lincoln
College English Professor, will present a program on
the Underground Railroad. Ms. Spellman will share
the history of the Underground Railroad in Stark
County, Illinois, where she spent her childhood.
Ms. Spellman's research and findings will include
details from a journal written by a 19th
century pastor of her family's church. The pastor, a
conductor on the UGRR, wrote over the time during
which he and others assisted runaway slaves through
Stark County to safety.
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– Laura Walden, Coordinator, Old House Society,
Bloomington, shared the organization’s mission of
salvaging materials from vintage houses. OHS’s
warehouse is open to builders, renovators and others
interested in obtaining hardware, flooring and other
architectural items to use as replacement, matching
features or display. Sales from materials and
Society memberships support the hands-on activity of
a two-person staff. Walden’s presentation was
enhanced by her personal doorknob/hardware
– Sylvia Klokkenga, an Emden resident, shared the
German heritage of her community by telling the
intertwined stories of three families (Klokkenga,
Cross, Rademaker) who settled in northern Logan
County in the early 19th century. Sylvia
included several pictures and written material which
generated interest and conversation during and after
her program. Her in depth research was conducted at
the LCGHS and Emden Historical Society centers, and
enhanced with family records.
– Retired Brigadier
General Stewart Reeve (IL Nat’l Guard), Director,
Illinois State Military Museum, was the guest
speaker for the annual dinner meeting/program. This
year’s event was held at the Blue Dog Inn, downtown
Lincoln. Brig. Gen. Reeve stated that the ISM Museum
focuses on the Illinois
National Guard’s history, the first military force
established to protect early traders and settlers.
He took listeners back to the first militia
activity with French troops and Native Americans in
the territory which became the state of Illinois.
The story moved through history to include modern
wars in other countries, and the ING’s domestic work
after natural disasters and adverse weather.