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Meetings & Programs
Meetings in 2013 will be held quarterly (March, June, September, and December) on the first Tuesday of those months at 7:00 p.m. at the Piatt County Offices Building (next to the Piatt County Nursing Home). A greeter will direct you to the room where the meeting will take place. Programs are normally presented at the meetings on topics of interest pertaining to history and genealogy. The public is welcome and parking is free.
Calendar of Events and Meetings
5th -- CANCELLED - DUE TO SNOWSTORM - RESCHEDULED FOR APRIL 2nd
April 2nd -- Quarterly Meeting and Program -- Old Monticello Cemetery - presented by Cochran Keating
Please join us in learning about the history of the Old Monticello Cemetery.
4th -- Quarterly Meeting and Program -- Dighton Family History - presented by Melissa Dighton
Melissa Dighton will speak about the Dighton Family History highlighting her story with images of many of the Dighton family homes around Monticello, IL.
Please Note - This meeting will be held at 7:00 pm at the FS Meeting Room at 417 W. Marion, Monticello, IL.
3rd -- Quarterly Meeting and Program -- For the Love of Cemeteries - presented by Angie Johnson
Please join us for a SPECIAL Quarterly Meeting in Atwood, IL at the United Church of Atwood, located at 210 N. Main Street, Atwood, IL, at 7 pm. Angie Johnson of Bement and formerly of Atwood, will speak about her local cemetery restoration efforts, cemetery travels throughout Illinois, her involvement with the Illinois Chapter of the Association for Gravestone Studies, and information on other programs our state has to offer regarding cemeteries. Johnson writes about her cemetery travels in her column “Central Illinois Cemeteries Revised” in the Southern Piatt - Record Herald. Refreshments will be provided. For questions about this special meeting, please call or email the Historical Society.
3rd -- ANNUAL Meeting and Program -- Potluck Dinner to be held at 6:00 pm at the FS Meeting Room at 417 W. Marion, Monticello, Illinois.
Program: To be announced.
6th -- Quarterly Meeting and Program -- Monticello Township Cemetery: Then and Now - presented by Chris Cravens
Please join us in learning about the history of the Monticello Township Cemetery.
5th -- Quarterly Meeting and Program -- How Railroads Brought "Standard Time" to America - presented by Rob Doyle
Mr. Doyle is a retired Physical Education professor from Eastern Illinois University (EIU) and a volunteer at the Monticello Railway Museum.
15th -- Special Program -- In Their Own Words - written by Linda Record
In celebration of the 175th Anniversary of Monticello, enjoy a virtual walk among the gravestones of the Monticello Township Cemetery in the NEW Phoenix Theatre. Hear stories of the early days of Monticello from the founders, early settlers, mayors, and other fascinating citizens. View their gravestones, portraits, homes and more as the actors take you back in time with their portrayal of each citizen. There are 2 performace times, 10 AM and 2 PM on Saturday. The theatre is located at 1406 N Market St, Monticello, IL 61856. Advertisement Flyer
Here is the program from the event if you would like to go on your own cemetery walk. Program - Self Guided Cemetery Walk
Here is the video of the stage performance. In Their Own Words
Here is the video of the slideshow from the stage performance. Slideshow
FYI - There will be no quarterly meeting in regards to minutes being read or status reports from our committees. If anyone would like to know about the current status of anything going on at the Society please feel free to contact us and we will gladly answer your questions.
4th -- ANNUAL Meeting and Program -- Potluck Dinner to be held at 6:00 pm at the FS Meeting Room at 417 W. Marion, Monticello, Illinois.
Program: Brave Men in Desperate Times - presented by Gene Schnierle. Please bring a dish to pass and your own table service. Meat will be provided.
1st -- Quarterly Meeting and Program -- Miniature Horse Collection (1940s & 50s) - presented by Alice Boylan and Brad Knisely
A history of the collection will be presented along with a few figurines.
Sun 5th -- Quarterly Meeting and Program -- Potluck Picnic and History of Suhre House - presented by Maynard Suhre
Please join us for a special Quarterly Meeting on Sunday, June 5th, 4 PM, at 618 E Washington Street, Monticello, IL. Maynard and Marion Suhre have graciously invited everyone to their home for a potluck picnic. Mr. Suhre will be presenting a history about the property and the homes previous owners.
6th -- Quarterly Meeting and Program -- Lincoln and the Civil War - presented by Dan Guillory
Please join us at the Allerton Public Library for our Quarterly Program Meeting on Tuesday, September 6th at 7pm. Dan Guillory, author and retired Millikin University professor, will speak about Lincoln and the Civil War. Guillory is the author of "People and Places in The Land of Lincoln" and has many stories to share with us.
6th -- ANNUAL Meeting and Program -- Potluck Dinner to be held at 6:00 pm at the FS Meeting Room at 417 W. Marion, Monticello, Illinois.
Special Program: Making of a hero: People in history who were labeled as hero's (or should have been) - presented by Gene Schnierle. Please bring a dish to pass and your own table service. Meat will be provided.
6th -- Monthly Meeting and Program -- The Rosetta Stone: The Key to Egyptian Hieroglyphs - presented by Dr. Leonard Rumery
Dr. Rumery will discuss the discovery of the Rosetta Stone in the early 19th century; the application of the Stone’s inscriptions to the problem of the translation of Egyptian hieroglyphs; and the basic principles of the hieroglyphic writing of the Middle Egyptian language, with examples of inscriptions on objects dating from circa 2800 B.C. to circa 100 B.C.
4th -- Monthly Meeting and Program -- The History of Central Illinois Manufacturing Company of Bement - presented by James Ayers
James Ayers of Monticello, born and raised in Bement and President since 1995 will present his family's contribution to the area.
1st -- Monthly Meeting and Program -- A Collection of American Flags - presented by Lee Scofield
6th -- Monthly Meeting and Program -- The Hindenburg - presented by Hugh Finson
August: no meeting this month
**11th** -- Monthly Meeting and Program -- Tour of Bryant Home and Bryant Cottage (note special date & time) - presented by Marilyn Ayers and Pat Hunter
This program will be presented at 2:00 P.M. in and about the two Historical sites of Bryant Cottage and the Bryant Home, nearby.
Bring lawn chairs for an afternoon of history, tours and lawn party.
5th -- Monthly Meeting and Program -- Robert Allerton: The Private Man and the Public Gifts - presented by Martha Burgin and Maureen Holtz
2nd -- ANNUAL Meeting and Program -- Potluck Dinner to be held at 6:00 pm at the FS Meeting Room at 417 W. Marion, Monticello, Illinois.
Special Program about the Stoddard Family in Piatt County - presented by Paul Stoddard.
7th -- Monthly Meeting and Program -- Tombstone Rubbings - presented by Ron Nolte
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