Celebrating 20 Years!

Celebrating 20 Years!


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Monday, February 24, 2014

Historic Metamora- February 21, 2014

OLLI toured two historic sites in Metamora. OLLI visited both the Illinois Mennonite Heritage Center and the Metamora Courthouse State Historic Site.

OLLI's tour of the Illinois Mennonite Heritage Center was led by Julie Hendricks the Administrative Coordinator. During the tour, Hendricks explained how the center's library was used and what it held. As OLLI viewed the museum filled with artifacts, Hendricks showed and explained the use of personal, household, school, and congregational items. Some OLLI members braved tetoured the center's restored Grandfather House and The Sutter Barn.

During OLLI's tour of the Metamora Courthouse State Historic Site, Jean Myers the Site Manager and Curator gave historical insight throughout the tour. Myers explained that the courthouse is one of two surviving courthouses where Abraham Lincoln handled cases. Jean Myers then shared details about one of Lincoln's more famous trials, the Melissa Goings case. OLLI members learned from Myers how the Eighth Judicial Circuit court met in Metamora during 1845 until 1895. Myers also took time to explain different artifacts that were located throughout the courthouse, such as the a musket with a bayonet used during the Civil War.

OLLI would like to thank Julie Hendricks of Illinois Mennonite Heritage Center and Jean Myers of the Metamora Courthouse Historic Site.

To learn more about the Illinois Mennonite Heritage Center, click here. To learn more about the Metamora Courthouse State Historic Site, click here.

2 comments:

  1. Thanks for the Blog Ashley! This was a fun trip with good food included from the Flame in Metamora. Seeing the artifacts like the more than one hundred hand corn planters and walking on the same floors that Abraham Lincoln walked was memorable.

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  2. Thanks Michelle & Ashley for Blog+ This was fun trip including the good food from Flame restaurant in Metamora. Viewing the more than one hundred hand corn planters plus husking pegs at Mennonite Museum and walking on the same floor at courthouse that Lincoln walked was memorable.

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