In February of this year, I became the president of the Stephenson County Genealogical Society, which is a very cool volunteer job. For a genealogical society, we have a fairly good-sized membership with a great group of people and a small cadre of very active volunteers. And, we get to call the Frances Woodhouse History Room at the Freeport Public Library (100 Douglas Street, Freeport, Illinois) home. As local history rooms go, our library’s is one of the best (okay, the best) I’ve ever had the pleasure to explore.
SCGS meets the first Thursday of the month with the exceptions of January and July when there is no monthly meeting. The next SCGS meeting is Thursday, April 6th at the Freeport Public Library. The business meeting begins at 6pm and, though we usually follow our business meeting with a presentation, this Thursday we encourage all members and residents of Freeport to attend the Freeport Public Library’s One Book, One Freeport event, “Living History Portrayal of a Buffalo Soldier.”
You will hear of the experiences and challenges of life during Reconstruction from the son of a sharecropper of African- and Native-American heritage. This living history presentation reflects the life of a buffalo soldier in the U.S. Cavalry during the nineteenth century. Presented by Steven A. Cole. April 6, 6:30 p.m. at the Freeport Public Library.
At our June 1st meeting, SCGS welcomes back Scott Whitney, a retired math and science teacher, as President Ulysses S Grant with Peggy Whitney, elementary teacher, portraying First Lady Julia Dent Grant in public interview. All are welcome; there are no fees for SCGS events!
Scott Whitney, a retired math and science teacher, portrays Lt. General Ulysses S Grant Grant, or President Grant. Peggy Whitney, elementary teacher, portrays Mrs. Julia Dent Grant. The June 1st presentation for the Stephenson County Genealogical Society begins at 6:30pm (following the SCGS business meeting at 6pm) at the Freeport Public Library (100 Douglas Street, Freeport, Illinois) and will consist of a public interview of President and First Lady Grant.