Wednesday, August 04, 2010

Fireside Chats at The Elijah Iles House

A series of programs at the Elijah Iles House highlighting our city's heritage is slated for Wednesday evenings from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. on September 22, 29 and October 6, 2010.

Admission is by reservation. Contact Sue Massie at 652-7302.

The Underground Railroad in Lincoln's Springfield will be presented by Richard E. Hart on September 22. Hart will tell the stories --the names and biographies-- of the white and African American conductors on the Underground Railroad in Lincoln's Springfield. He will also tell several stories of real situations involving slave catchers, newspaper accounts of runaway slaves and the Lincoln neighbors who were involved as conductors on the Springfield Underground Railroad.

The Donner Family History will be presented by Don Springer on September 29. Don will tell the story of the Donner family's epic westward venture, its highlights and pitfalls. A Donner descendent himself, Don has several family items and heirlooms to show.

The Illinois Watch Company will be presented by Farrell Gay on October 6. Farrell will recount the beginnings of Springfield's own Illinois Watch Company. He will talk about the evolution of time pieces and watches and show examples from his personal collection. He'd enjoy seeing other Illinois watches people might care to bring along.