Each month speakers present topics that have shaped Sangamon County history. The society also offers a number of guided bus tours and special events such as picnics, dinners, and re-enactments. Browse our calendar and register today!
Back by popular demand, this program is about the massive munitions operation that in the early 1940's rose on the farm fields of Illiopolis.
This powerful and comprehensive audio and visual presentation gives historical context to the U. S. government's decision to build a nearly 32 mile-square city on prime farmland virtually overnight during World War II. While the operation displaced hundreds of local farms and families and brought unwanted congestion to a once bucolic village, it had a broader impact on Springfield. The city supplied much of the munitions plant labor force -- most of them women -- and changed social and business patterns that are will with us today.
This program was first presented to a standing room only crowd last fall at the Buffalo Public Library, and again at a township hall in Illiopolis. Because of the munitions plant's impact on Springfield and the surrounding area and because many people did not get the opportunity to see the program, it is being presented again.
The Society kicks off its fall meeting season with a members-only tour of this unique, privately run museum that charts Springfield's history through its signage heritage led by ACE president Dennis Bringuet.
Some of Springfield's most colorful individuals who are buried in Oak Ridge Cemetery will be depicted through creative presentations by actors in period costume, so as to better acquaint visitors with the rich heritage that makes Springfield unique. This stroll through history had been a regular occurrence and, only last year, was returned to the schedule of annual events following a brief hiatus. The walk is free to the public.
Scientists Glenn Freimuth and Gary Sternberg will share findings on their Tree Ring research toward which the Society provided a $1,000 Special Projects grand in 2015. By analyzing tree rings, they have been trying to resolve debate over the first structures in Sangamon County by accurately determining date and establish settlement chronology and settlement patterns.
Plcease join us for this very special presentation.