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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.
Meetings are held at 1:30 PM on the second floor Meeting Room at the Kewanee Public Library unless otherwise noted.
EVERYONE IS INVITED TO ATTEND.
2017 MEETING SCHEDULE and PROGRAMS
April 24, 2017- The Henry County Genealogical Society has announced that Floyd Ham, a member from Toulon, will present and discuss a long ago "Murderous Riot in Downtown Kewanee." Ham says hundreds were involved and the reputation of Kewanee was seriously sullied when a riotous mob accosted, beat, bloodied and tried to "hang" a Geneseo provocateur. Ham will present the background leading up to the disgraceful event, the catalyst and the immediate aftermath; including the trial of the principals arrested and the heroes that saved the night when "Hoodlums Ruled." This is must see presentation if you want to know what happened, who was involved and how the event was reported both in Kewanee and the surrounding area.
May 22, 2017- Gena Schantz: HIGH FLYING WOMEN- The first women in Aviation some of which were trained locally.
June 26, 2017- Donna Klavon: SECOND HAND ROSE- Vintage Clothing
July 24, 2017- Bill Scott: M & M - MODEL T's and HENRY FORD
August 28, 2017- Kitty Humphrey: HISTORICAL JAMESTOWN, VIRGINIA- TRAVELOGUE
September 25, 2017- Harvey Johnson & Terry Brock: HISTORY OF THE HENRY COUNTY COURT HOUSE>
October 23, 2017- Maryann Wherry is going to give a program on The Utopians Communities of Henry County
November 27, 2017- Program by: Don Schmidt-The Great Chatsworth Train Wreck--The Titanic of the Prairie Not long after midnight on August 10, 1887, an excursion train headed to Niagara Falls from Peoria fell through a burning trestle across a small ravine east of Chatsworth, Illinois. The train crashed headlong into the opposite bank, causing the first few wooden coaches to accordion. An estimated 85 people died in the wreck. Rescuers struggled in the darkness of night during a steady rain to pull out survivors. Injured survivors lay in an oat stubble field awaiting help. Included among the dead were Samuel G. Brees and Millar Patterson, of Wyoming, Illinois. Stories from this tragedy appeared in Chicago Tribune articles and in the obituaries of victims and of survivors who died later in life.