President, Robert Ridenour, called the meeting to order.
Treasurer LaVerne Bloemker
presented the financial report for the period ending March 31,
Librarian/Researcher Elsie Wasser reported that we had several new books donated by Life Member Terry Harmon of Granite City, Illinois. She reported that she had received research requests from several people for the following families: Boyles, Busse, and others. She reminded those present that they should fill out a surname card in the genealogy room so that others researching the same families would be able to contact you.
Two guests were present: Mary Ann Bonneville, from Maryville, Illinois; and the speaker, Bill Wilson of Albers, Illinois.
Bill Wilson, President of Hill's Fort Society, presented a program titled Forts and Blockhouses in Illinois: Then and Now.
Mr. Wilson talked about the 160 plus known forts and blockhouses in Illinois. He first gave a definition of a blockhouse as either a fortified cabin or the structure, used as a lookout post, built in the corner of a log fort. The structures covered by Bill's presentation date from very early Native American "stone forts," which are generally just piles of stones used as shelter during battles, through the structures of the French and British eras, to the last ones built during the Blackhawk War of 1832. The presentation was illustrated with a computerized slide show of many sketches, models, old photographs, and modern photographs of the original sites and some reconstructed forts and blockhouses. His presentation was extremely informative and enjoyable.