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Illinois Antislavery and the Struggle for Freedom - Presentation by Jeanne Schultz Angel
Apr
27
11:00 AM11:00

Illinois Antislavery and the Struggle for Freedom - Presentation by Jeanne Schultz Angel

Join us a the St. Charles History Museum and learn more about the Anti-Slavery movement and the Underground Railroad.

Illinoisans played prominent roles in antislavery movements preceding the Civil War. Understanding the wide range of motivations that might lie behind any given individual’s opposition to slavery – commitment to human rights, belief in racial equality, economic considerations, and religious convictions – is important to understanding the escalation to war. Angel explores the role that the Underground Railroad played in the lives of Freedom Seekers and includes information about several significant slavery and antislavery sites in Illinois, including sundown towns. Her presentation will demonstrate the complexity of responses to the idea of slavery in the early days of statehood and link it to the impact of human trafficking in present day Illinois.

Jeanne Schultz Angel’s work on the antislavery movement has continued since she wrote an award-winning graduate thesis on the topic in 2005. She previously served as the Executive Director of the Lombard Historical Society, where she managed the Sheldon Peck Homestead, listed on the National Park Service Underground Railroad Network to Freedom. Angel has extensive experience in museum management, including work as Executive Director of the Illinois Association of Museums. She is currently Executive Director of the Nineteenth Century Club and Charitable Association in Oak Park, Illinois.

Registration is required as space is limited. Members are free and non-members are $5 per person.

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Screening of "Sheldon Peck, Portrait of an Ordinary Man in Extraordinary Times"
Mar
2
11:00 AM11:00

Screening of "Sheldon Peck, Portrait of an Ordinary Man in Extraordinary Times"

The Lombard Historical Society and Tim Frakes Productions Inc. present a new documentary on the life of Lombard, Illinois’ Sheldon Peck, a 19th century primitive portrait artist, radical abolitionist, conductor on the underground railroad and advocate of progressive temperance and public education.

Largely forgotten and unknown in the century and a half after his death in 1868, Sheldon Peck and his legacy are only recently receiving belated appreciation and recognition of his talent, passion, courage, activism and accomplishments. Sheldon Peck, Portrait of an Ordinary Man in Extraordinary Times, tells the story of a family man who did the “right thing” when confronting the horrors of slavery and whose personal choices honored his sense of moral obligation to his fellow man; a story that will resonate with today’s viewers. Sheldon Peck embraced the important issues of his day in the time of manifest destiny, and was not afraid to speak out or actively pursue justice.

Join us for this special screening and celebration of the local legacy of Sheldon Peck and our local abolitionist figures as part of our Spring 2019 temporary exhibit: Ordinary People, Extraordinary Actions: St. Charles and the Underground Railroad.

Source: Lombard Historical Society Press Release

Please join us for this fascinating and FREE program for members and $5 for non members. Refreshments will be served.

As seated in limited registration is required, please fill out the form below or call 630.584.6967.

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A Look Back at Belgium Town
Nov
9
6:30 PM18:30

A Look Back at Belgium Town

Join us as presenter Cynthia Foster looks back at the lives of our Belgian immigrants from the 1890's until now.  Learn more about the Belgium community,  their civic responsibilities, contributions to local business, and daily lives. Many descendants of the original inhabitants still live in Belgium Town and as part of the evening's program, their stories will be shared.  

Belgium Town Map, c. 1930.

Belgium Town Map, c. 1930.

Registration is Closed

FEE: $5 Members   $10 Non-Members

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Brown Bag Lunch: Honoring the Soldiers of St. Charles
Aug
31
12:00 PM12:00

Brown Bag Lunch: Honoring the Soldiers of St. Charles

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Join us for our brown bag lunch program where our Excutive Director Alison Costanzo will discuss our new fall exhibit Home Front: Echoes of the Great War and take a more in-depth look at the events that began WWI but also explore the lives of the men and women who served from St. Charles. 

Light refreshments will be provided and feel free to bring your lunch. RSVP is encouraged by calling 630.584.6967, emailing info@stcmuseum.org, or fill out the form below.  

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