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POW of Camp Douglas Lecture

Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum, 411 Kent Street, Rockford, IL 61102
POW of Camp Douglas During the Civil war on February 14, 2015 at 1:00pm with David Keller. Opened in 1861, Camp Douglas was a Union training and reception facility for over 40,000 Union soldiers in Chicago. Camp Douglas became a prison camp, housing over 30,000 Confederate prisoners, from 1862 until it was demolished in 1865. Containing over 200 buildings on 60 acres, Camp Douglas was the most significant Civil War facility in Northern Illinois. Cost is $5 per individual, Members and active volunteers are free. Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum, 411 Kent Street, Rockford, IL 61102. 815-964-2424. www.tinkercottage.com.

Ashley Downing
815-964-2424



Domestic Servants in the 19th Century

Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum, 411 Kent Street, Rockford IL 61102
Domestic Servants in the 19th Century on February 21, 2015 at 1:00pm with Erika Holst. Having live-in domestic servants seems like the height of luxury today, but in the nineteenth century, "hired girls" were common in middle-class households in Illinois. In a society without electricity and running water, household chores were onerous, and in the nineteenth century, a wave of immigrants made labor cheap and plentiful. The result was a society that grew increasingly stratified as the century wore on and the social hierarchy became more entrenched. In domestic servant situations, working-class men and women lived and worked side-by-side with their employers yet were considered second-class citizens, often leading to tense relationships. Cost is $5 per individual, Members and active volunteers are free. Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum, 411 Kent Street, Rockford, IL 61102. 815-964-2424. www.tinkercottage.com.

Ashley Downing
815-964-2424



Mrs. Woodrow Wilson - Winter Lecture Series

Midway Village Museum, 6799 Guilford Rd , Rockford, IL
Ms. Jessica Michna will give a first person impression of Woodrow Wilson's second wife.
More information: www.midwayvillage.com


Midway Village Museum, 815 397-9112


War & Peace: Patton (W W II)

Cherry Valley Public Library District 755 E. State St. Cherry Valley
Patton, the 1970 film that examines the life of controversial general George S. Patton during World War II, won 7 Academy awards, including best picture and best actor for George C. Scott. Free

www.cherryvalley.lib.il.us
815-332-5161



War & Peace: The Longest Day (WW II)

Cherry Valley Public Library District 755 E. State St. Cherry Valley
Darryl Zanuck's 1962 blockbuster retelling of D-Day from both the Allied and Axis (German) points of view won Best Picture of the year, not surprising with actor John Wayne at the helm of a star studded cast as diverse as Richard Burton to Fabian.

www.cherryvalley.lib.il.us