Monday, January 2, 2012

I and M Canal History

Have you ever wondered about the history of the I&M Canal and why it was built? Here is an opportunity to learn more about the canal and how it affects where you live today. On Tuesday, January 10, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. at the Montgomery Village Hall, Jim Carr will offer a free presentation on the Illinois & Michigan Canal. Jim is a member of Canallers in the Corridor, a volunteer group that promotes the story of the I&M Canal era. The Canallers portray real and composite characters of the 1800s. They share stories that reflect the daily lives and extraordinary adventures of a pivotal chapter in the story of the westward expansion.

During this presentation you will meet Timothy James Carr, a muleboy, tillersman, captain and locktender on the I&M Canal during the 1830s. Through stories and authentic portrayals of real characters from the I&M Canal’s history, you can learn more about this interesting time in the history of this area.

This free presentation is being offered by the Village of Montgomery. There is no charge and the event is handicapped accessible. The monthly Senior Lunch and activity will begin at 11:00 a.m. after the presentation. There is a $4 suggested donation for the lunch and pre-registration is requested.

For additional information on this event, please call the Montgomery Village Hall at (630) 896-8080 ext. 1227.

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