Past Event

Small-Town Heritage: Life in Illinois Communities, 1870-1920

A Road Scholar Program by John Hallwas

A fascinating look at the Illinois small town from the post-Civil War period through World War I; when most of the state’s more than 1,000 small communities flourished. Employing dozens of slides, John Hallwas discusses prairie, woodland, and river environments, townscapes and transportation, business activities, and social life during the fifty-year period when small Illinois towns were thriving economic centers, as well as deeply meaningful places for local residents.

This event is Free and Open to the public. For more information, please contact David J. Nelson, 847.742.4248.