Monthly Archive: September, 2013

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

Historic Sites of Alton – The Green Lantern restaurant

Right down the street from the Grand Theatre is the former home of the Green Lantern restaurant. It began as the Green Lantern Sandwich Shoppe in the 1920s. George “Red” Walker bought the… Continue reading

Collecting Depression Glass

Depression glass is mass-produced clear or colored translucent glassware that was distributed free, or at low cost, in the United States and Canada around the time of the Great Depression. Popular colors included… Continue reading

Historic Sites of Alton – Grand Theatre

The Grand Theatre was built in 1920 and was the largest theater in downtown Alton, with an original seating capacity of 1,400. In the 1920s it screened silent films and offered vaudeville acts.… Continue reading

Historic Sites of Alton – World’s Fair Building

Our most recent program at the Hayner Genealogy & Local History Library was a talk by Wayne Hensley titled “Historical Sites of Alton.” Wayne’s presentation was excellent, and I am now embarking on… Continue reading