Orangeville Lyceum Series

Orangeville Lyceum Series


Feb. 23, 2002—ACT – A Community Together, in concert with the Freeport Arts Center, Monroe Arts Center, Stephenson County Historical Society, and McConnell Historic Society, sponsors Mary R. McCorvie, who will present “Archeology and the Underground Railroad in Illinois.” Although it only occasionally involved either caves or railroads, the Underground Railroad nevertheless moved escaped slaves along an intricate network that brought them to freedom in Northern States. These informal and elaborate escape routes ran throughout the North and included activity in northern Illinois. In this program, Mary McCorvie introduces audiences to the Underground Railroad through recent archaeological research in the region.

This is the third presentation in the Orangeville Lyceum Series. McCorvie received an M.A. in anthropology from the University of Tennessee and currently works with the Shawnee National Forest in Murphysboro. She has conducted considerable archaeological research in the region on the Underground Railroad, the Lewis and Clark Expedition, Native Americans and early farmsteads.

The lyceum series is made possible in part by an award from the Illinois Humanities Council, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Illinois General Assembly. The presentation is open to all and begins at 7:30 p.m., at the Orangeville, Ill., IOOF Hall. A donation of $2 is requested. Call: (815) 789-4005 for more information.

To reach Orangeville, take Hwy. 26 north out of Freeport.

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