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A survey of the mysterious, ludicrous and downright comical landmarks in the Prairie State will be presented by William Furry, executive director of Illinois State Historical Society, at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 10, in the Fellowship Hall at First United Methodist Church in Vandalia.
Furry’s presentation is the second program in the Fayette County Museum’s Season of Events.
This narrated PowerPoint program takes a look at the many ways communities have commemorated historical people, places and events in their backyards, and why, in some cases, people should be amused and, in others, concerned.
The Illinois State Historical Society has placed more than 500 historical markers around the state since 1934. Other organizations and communities have also taken responsibility for preserving their history in the form of markers, signs and monuments.
The size and kind are quite diverse, but their purpose is always to inform, educate and commemorate.
Most are successful; many are not. This program looks at more than 30 historical markers around the state that, for various reasons, have important lessons for us about how not to present our past to others.
Single event tickets are available in advance at $13 or at the door at $15. Additional information is available by calling 283-4866.