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"Our purpose is to encourage the science of genealogy, to help others gather genealogical information, to preserve, and publish material of historical and genealogical nature, all for educational purposes."
PROGRAMS FOR 2014:
Meetings are held at 1:30p.m. second floor Meeting Room at the Kewanee Public Library unless otherwise noted. Everyone is welcome, elevator at First Street Entrance.
HCGS Programs for 2014
April 25 (FRIDAY) - THREE ILLINOIS WOMEN DURING THE CIVIL WAR by Betty Carlson Kay
NOTE MEETING DAY CHANGE
BETTY will actually be three different women in the course of the 45 minute presentation. First, she will be Jennie Hodgers, also known as Albert Cashier, an Illinois woman who successfully hid her true identity and fought as a man for three years of the Civil War.
Changing a few pieces of clothing will transform her into being Mother Bickerdyke, an Illinois woman who nursed Union soldiers during the war so successfully that General Sherman said of her, she ranks me.
Changing a few more pieces of clothing, Betty will become Mrs. Julia Dent Grant as she attends the Victory Parade in Washington, DC in May, 1865.
This program is designed for adults interested in the the Civil War.
40th Annual Quad Cities Genealogical Conference
Saturday April 26, 2014
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May 19 - Scottish Roots in Scotland and Ireland by Ron Wallace and family.
RON WALLACE will present a slide show of places of interest from his trip to Scotland and Northern Ireland. Before the trip Ron had bits and pieces of information regarding his family in Scotland and Ireland. Ron, had picked out several cities where he wanted to go and he started in Ayr. He found that the Church he was seeking was in Fenwick.
In the church he found the Baptismal records for James Wallace in 1643. James Wallace is a direct ancestor of Ron's as well as that of William Wallace Braveheart. He visited Sterling, Scotland where he saw William Wallace's huge sword which is encased in glass. This sword is extremely long and could only be used by someone of William Wallace's 6 foot 7 inch stature. In Ireland he visited Bellymena as well as the cemetery at Ahoghill where he found members of the family. Ron brought home a tartan scarf and tie. There is much more and if you would like to know the rest of the story, see you at the meeting.
June – Chris Ratliff-Kewanee-First Baptist Church
July 28– Larry Lock Kewanee 100 years ago.
Larry Lock, president of the Kewanee Historical Society, will present a power-point program on Kewanee 100 years ago. It will include pictures of what Kewanee looked like on the eve of World War I and commentary on important events, including population growth through annexation of territory in 1910, the adoption of the commission form of government in 1911, and the prohibition of the sale of alcoholic beverages in the city in 1914 through a popular referendum.
August – David Peterson-Swedish ME Church of Galva
September – Ron Wallace-Early Surveying of Henry County
October –Floyd Ham
November - TBA
SEE YOU AT THE MEETING