Past Event

The Underground Railroad in Illinois: A Talk and Bus Tour

At 9:30 AM, join Glennette Tilley Turner, author of The Underground Railroad in Illinois, for an illustrated talk followed by a bus tour of centers of anti-slavery activity in Chicago’s western suburbs.

The tour will include the Graue Mill in Oak Brook, the Sheldon Peck House in Lombard, Wheaton College, and sites as far west as Aurora. Come and learn of little-known local links in the underground railroad.

This program is part of a series in conjunction with two exhibitions commemorating the 200th anniversary of the birth of Abraham Lincoln: “With Malice Toward None: The Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Exhibition”, a Library of Congress exhibition, and “Honest Abe of the West”, an exhibition of the Newberry Library’s collections about Lincoln. Both exhibitions are free and open to the public. For more information visit

Tour Details

  • Tickets: $65 / $55 for Author level and above Associates of the Newberry Library (price includes a box lunch)
  • Bus: Board the bus at 10:15 AM from the front steps of the Library
  • Capacity: The tour will not run with fewer than 25 registrants
  • Refunds: full refunds will be given if the tour is canceled; 50% of the registration fee will be refunded for cancellations up to two weeks in advance of the tour; No additional refunds will be given

To Register

  • Send a check payable to the Newberry Library to Newberry Library Public Programs, 60 W. Walton St., Chicago, IL 60610, Attn: Underground Railroad Bus Tour
  • Register online at

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