2017 “HISTORY MATTERS” Winter Programs

February Programs Brian “Fox” Ellis, historical portrayer and story teller presents: John Deere: The History and Future of Agriculture

Saturday, February 4, 3 pm

Galena Territory Association, Owners’ Club, 2000 Territory Drive, Galena 

Historian, author and actor Brian “Fox” Ellis in character as John Deere, will cover a century of agricultural history and then lead a discussion on the future of farming. Raising issues such as the pros and cons of agriculture versus agribusiness, the roles of technology and mechanization, and the significance of small family farms, centennial farms, and community-supported agriculture, this program promises to engage the audience in a complex conversation about the directions that our ongoing efforts to feed the world might take.

Lynn Urban, Laura Ingalls Wilder historian presents: Laura Ingalls Wilder’s 150th Birthday, Life on the American Prairie

Sunday, February 19th at 3pm

Lynn Urban will give her presentation about Laura Ingalls Wilder and share her collection of artifacts and demonstratives. Cake will be served to commemorate the birthday of this important Midwestern figure.

Ramada Galena, 11383 U.S. Hwy 20, Galena, IL 61036

Click here for Resources to help celebrate the birthday of Laura Ingalls Wilder

March Program

Cliff Krainik, nationallly-known collector and historian presents: Black Hawk: From Frontier Terrorist to Advertising Icon

Saturday, March 25th at 7pm

Krainik will share some of his favorite pieces from his personal Black Hawk collection.

Ramada Galena, 11383 U.S. Hwy 20, Galena, IL 61036


April Program

David Krugler, aurthor and award-winning Professor of History at UW Platteville presents:

You Build the Shelters, We’ll Build the Bombs: How the Federal Government Prepared Galena for the Cold War

Saturday, April 8th at 7pm

This event will feature vintage candies, soft drinks, and snacks, reminiscent of America’s Cold War era. The presentation will be followed by a brief Annual Membership Meeting for the Galena-Jo Daviess County Historical Society.

Ramada Galena, 11383 U.S. Hwy 20, Galena, IL 61036

The Winter Program Series is sponsored by Illinois Bank & Trust with additional support from Marge and John Cooke, Mel and Vickie Gratton, GTA Board, Ralph and Mary Jo Losey, Kathleen Morgan and Jim Heck.