The theme for this year’s series is local history in the Riverbend in the years immediately after Illinois became a state in 1818.

A Conversation between Benjamin Godfrey and James Semple

Accomplished re-enactors John Meehan (playing Captain Godfrey) and Kerry Miller (playing General Semple)
March 25, 3028, 7:30 p.m.

Dr. Silas Hamilton, George Washington, His Freed Slave, and the First Free School in Illinois

Beth McGlasson, Vice President of the Jersey County Historical Society
May 3, 2018, 7:30 p.m.

From History to Hollywood:
The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum and the Making of
the Movie, Lincoln

Ian Patrick Hunt, Historian at Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation
September 20, 2018, 7:30 p.m.

At Last we are a State:
Illinois Territory’s Quest to enter the Union in 1818.

Jon Parkin, Superintendent of the Madison County Historical Museum and Archival Library in Edwardsville
November 15, 2018, 7:30 p.m.