The new spring 2019 exhibit at the St. Charles History Museum entitled “Ordinary People - Extraordinary Actions” will explore newly discovered local connections to the Underground Railroad and the abolitionist movement of the mid-1800s.
The exhibit centers around local folk artist and radical abolitionist Sheldon Peck, exploring his previously unknown connections to regional abolitionist figures, whose work played a crucial role in providing freedom-seekers coming from southern slave states with a safe avenue to find new homes in Chicago and the Great Lakes area.
Peck’s artwork can be seen at museums around the United States such as the Art Institute of Chicago, the Chicago History Museum, and the American Folk Art Museum in New York City. The St. Charles History Museum is proud to have a prized original Sheldon Peck painting in its collection which will also be part of the exhibit.
The exhibit will be unveiled with a special grand opening event on Tuesday, February 12 at 5 p.m.. For more information, or to rsvp please fill out the form below or call the Museum at (630) 584-6967.