Highlights of the Hayner Art Collection

The Hayner Public Library District has existed in some form since 1852, and construction of the Hayner Memorial Library, today the Hayner Genealogy & Local History Library, was completed in 1891. The library has had many… Continue reading

Meals on Wheels: Great Migration Recipes Ride the Rails North

Next week, we will welcome Donna Pierce, a Road Scholar with the Illinois Humanities Council, for her program “Meals on Wheels: Great Migration Recipes Ride the Rails North.”  Donna’s website http://donnapierce.com/ has recipes,… Continue reading

Happy holidays from the Genealogy & Local History Library!

Happy holidays, everyone! A fun part of my job is decorating the Genealogy & Local History Library for the holidays.  Kinzels Flower Shop brings in the greenery, and I’m in charge of putting up… Continue reading

150th Anniversary of the Gettysburg Address

Today marks the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address. On November 19, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln delivered brief remarks at the dedication of Soldiers’ National Cemetery in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Lincoln spoke for only… Continue reading

Art, Music, History, and Dessert

This weekend the Alton YWCA will honor two of Alton’s racial justice pioneers: The Alton Museum of History and Art and New Bethel Rocky Fork A.M.E. Church. The Art, Music, History, and Dessert… Continue reading


“I remember one game I got five hits and stole five bases, but none of it was written down because they didn’t bring the scorebook to the game that day.” —“Cool Papa” Bell… Continue reading

12th Annual Vintage Voices: “Faith, Hope and Charity”

Every October for the last twelve years, Alton Little Theater has shared the stories of former Alton residents through Vintage Voices. Guided tours are held each Saturday in October at Alton City Cemetery,… Continue reading

Goodbye Groundhog, Goodbye Fox

This Friday, two of my very favorite items in the display cases have to go back home. The mounted fox and groundhog in The Nature Institute display will be making their way back… Continue reading

Field trip to Nilo Farms

I recently had the pleasure of visiting Nilo Farms as a guest of Olin expert and local radio host Larry Reid. In 1950, John M. Olin established Nilo Farms (Olin spelled backward), a… Continue reading

Historic Sites of Alton – YMCA

The Alton Young Men’s Christian Association began in 1883. The members used various meeting places until 1907, when an elaborate new facility was completed at the corner of Third and Market Streets. Fire… Continue reading