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NewsTribune photos/Genna Ord Heather Wickens assembles large banners detailing Abraham Lincoln’s experiences with the Illinois and Michigan Canal Wednesday at Lock 16 in La Salle. Wickens is the project coordinator for the exhibition about Lincoln, and programs about it and the Civil War that can be viewed through February at the visitors center at First and Joliet streets.
Bob Aplington sets up a banner showing a map of northern Illinois at Lock 16 as part of an exhibit on Abraham Lincoln’s involvement with the I & M Canal. Aplington was volunteering to help with the setup, and said he has been working on the canal since 1972.
Exhibit from Springfield
To Kill and To Heal: Weapons and Medicine of the Civil War has been designed and constructed by staff at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum and is sponsored with the Looking for Lincoln Heritage Coalition, in recognition of the shared heritage of the Abraham Lincoln National Heritage Area and the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War.
Civil War and Abraham Lincoln exhibits are opening this weekend at the Illinois and Michigan Canal Lock 16 Center at first and Joliet streets in La Salle.
A free lecture and exhibit opening for the exhibits “To Kill and To Heal: Weapons and Medicine of the Civil War” and “Abraham Lincoln and the I&M Canal” will be at 3 p.m. Saturday at the visitors center.
Granville historian and author R.G. Bluemer will share stories from his book, “Rally Round the Flag: The Impact of the Civil War on the Illinois Valley.” The book explores the experiences in the Civil War and is based on letters of local soldiers, detailing camp life, battles and the hardships of war in the 19th Century.
An opening reception will follow the presentation. Refreshments will be served.
The exhibit, “To Kill and To Heal: Weapons and Medicine of the Civil War” explores the invisible killer of the Civil War: disease, and the conventional weapons used to create slaughter on an unprecedented scale. This traveling exhibit is from the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum and Library and is underwritten by Abraham Lincoln National Heritage Area.
An additional exhibit, Abraham Lincoln and the I&M Canal, was set up on Wednesday. In a series of banners, it explores Lincoln’s connection to the canal from his early days in Illinois and the creation of the I&M Canal to his desire to expand it during his presidency.
Both exhibits are free and open to the public Feb. 2-27. The center is open 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday-Saturday.
But it also will be open at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24 for “Illinois Hospitals in the Civil War.”
“Few people know about the Illinois hospitals in the Civil War. Most tend to think about the hospitals in the South and those near important battles in the eastern or southeastern states, such as Gettysburg. Illinois Civil War hospitals were located from Chicago down to Mound City,” a press release from Heather Wickens read. “Come join us for a look at Illinois Hospitals in the Civil War, and find some interesting facts, gleaned from many sources. Dr. Nellett has presented a broad overview of Civil War Hospitals in the United States in the past, but this presentation is her ‘first time ever’ look at our own famous Civil War Hospitals. All programs are free and open to the public. For more information, call (815) 223-1851.
Will County links to Civil War too Canal Corridor Association is sponsoring a dinner lecture, “Will County and the Civil War,” at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 7 at Public Landing Restaurant, Lockport. The $29 fee includes a three-course meal. Reservation required.
The speaker is Judge Dan Rozak of the 12th Judicial Circuit and an avid Civil War collector. He has served on the Will County Preservation Committee and Will County Historic Preservation Commission and has been a member of the Will County and Wilmington Area historical societies.
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