“History Matters” Winter Program Series


“Following Ulysses S. Grant Through our National Parks System”
Sunday, January 12, 3 p.m.
Galena Middle School
1230 Franklin Street, Galena
David Kroese, a Northwest Illinois native, made it his mission to visit over 400 national parks, monuments, historic sites, preserves, memorials, rivers and waterways, and recreation sites. Once completed, he turned his stories into The Centennial: A Journey Through America’s National Parks System (the book will be available for purchase at the program). Kroese will be sharing both his experiences with the National Parks Service and the experiences of Ulysses S. Grant as he moved through the system during his lifetime.

“Slavery, Freedom and the Kansas-Nebraska Act”
Sunday, February 23, 3 p.m.
Galena Methodist Church

125 S. Bench Street, Galena

As territories became states, the question of slavery versus free was on everyone’s mind. In the mid-1850s, the Missouri Compromise of 1820 that determined what territories would be free and which would be slave states would be decided based on latitude was falling apart. As Kansas and Nebraska territories were moving toward statehood, the debate was on everyone’s mind. In mid-October 1854, Frederick Douglass arrived in Galena to deliver a political speech concerning the Nebraska Question, working in cooperation with Salmon P. Chase, Joshua Giddings, Cassius M. Clay, and other political abolitionists. Historical reenactor, Steven Cole, will share through Frederick Douglass’ eyes the events and his speech in Galena.

“Women’s Suffrage and the League of Women Voters”
Sunday, March 22,  3 p.m.
Galena Middle School, 1230 Franklin St, Galena
Bonnie Cox, former President of the Illinois League of Women Voters and founding member of the Jo Daviess County chapter of the League, will be presenting about the fight for women’s suffrage, the League of Women Voters founding and existence, and the role our of town and state in that fight.

“Vietnam from a Boots on the Ground Perspective”
Sunday, April 5, 3 p.m.
The Galena Territory Owners’ Club
2000 Territory Drive, Galena

Members of the Galena Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2665 will present a Boots on the Ground perspective of Vietnam. All presenters were deployed and served in Vietnam. Immediately preceding the presentation will be the Historical Society’s Annual Meeting of Members. Following the presentation, all are invited to a potluck. Entrees, drinks and the table service will be provided.  The public is encouraged to bring a side dish or dessert to share.