You are cordially invited to join in a magical evening following the Benjamin Godfrey Legacy Trail on Thursday, October 12, 2017, from 6–10 p.m. at Trimpe Hall, Lewis & Clark College.
Watch as Benjamin Godfrey’s life unfolds before you.
Stroll the trail. Enjoy a libation from the cash bar, as you see and hear about the nine trail sites, followed by a delicious period dinner.
Listen to the stories of Captain Godfrey and Reverend Theron Baldwin as they relate the “ups and downs” of their lives.
Purchase and enjoy:
- Coasters portraying two of the sites,
- A book titled, “Seymour Bluffs and Benjamin Godfrey,” by two local authors,
- A video telling the Benjamin Godfrey story.
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Advance Reservations Required
$50 per person, offered at the following locations:
- Liberty Bank, 2403 Homer Adams Parkway, Alton
- Alton Regional Tourism Bureau
Or by mail:
Benjamin Godfrey Legacy Trail
PO Box 306
Godfrey, IL 62035
Make checks payable to, “Benjamin Godfrey Legacy Trail.”
October 5, 2017
Beth McGlasson, Vice President of the Jersey County Historical Society, will speak on Cemeteries, Public and Private, in Our Midst. Beth and her husband have spent a great deal of time researching old records in Jersey County, and in cataloguing public and private records. When driving the back roads of the County it is not unusual to come across a small group of gravestones. What’s the story behind them? The talk will be followed by a question-and-answer session. Refreshments will be served.
March 23, 2017, 7:30 PM, Farley’s Music Hall, 37 Mill St., Elsah, Illinois.
The Hopewell culture was the first pan-american culture that stretched from Kansas to New York, Canada to Florida from 200BC to 500AD. It was an enormous culture with many local expressions that traded ideas and artifacts with each other over vast distances. The people who lived in Elsah were at the very southern edge of the Havana Hopewell – one of these local expressions, but also one of the main cultural centers, together with the Ohio Hopewell – in North America. Artifacts from as far as Yellowstone, the Great Lakes, the Gulf of Mexico and Florida were found in elaborate burial mounds that lined the Illinois and Mississippi Rivers along the bluffs. The talk will explain a bit about the development and history of the Havana Hopewell and touch on few of the possible reasons why it was so prominent in North America. [Map source]
Dr. Andrew Martin is an associate professor at Principia College, teaching archaeology, anthropology and art history. He received his PhD from Cambridge University in England, having done his research on the Hopewell mounds along the Lower Illinois Valley near Kampsville.
This talk takes place Thursday, November 17, at 7:30 p.m. in Farley’s Music Hall, and is part of the Hosmer-Williams Lecture Series, sponsored by Liberty Bank.
This talk which will be given by Joe Ringhausen, local orchard owner in Jersey County on October 20 at 7:30 p.m. at Farley’s Music Hall, 37 Mill Street, Elsah. A question-and-answer session follows the talk.
The Jerseyville orchards were purchased by the Ringhausen family in 1929. The orchard’s signature, award-winning, sweet cider is blended from equal amounts of tart apples, such as Jonathans, and sweet apples, like Fujis. The sweet cider is a mainstay at the Apple House from September until Christmas time, routinely selling out by the first of the year.
During the peak cider season, the orchard makes between 500 and 700 gallons per week, which they also sell to other stores, growers, and markets.
What is your favoite apple? How does it grow? What about heritage apples? Learn from Joe Ringhausen.
Free refreshments are available after the talk. With the theme of “apples,” refreshments will feature apples and things that go well with apples – unbeatable combinations. All are welcome to attend.
Sponsored by Liberty Bank of Godfrey, Illinois, this free lecture is part of the Hosmer Williams series given by the Historic Elsah Foundation. This year’s theme is “nature.”
For more information, contact Jane Pfeifer, 618.374.1565 or firstname.lastname@example.org.