CAMP POINT, Ill. -- Camp Point Historical Society will begin quarterly public presentations this year in order to increase public awareness of and exposure to its collection of local historical artifacts and records that highlight the heritage of Camp Point.
This new outreach effort will begin 7 p.m. Jan. 24 with a presentation by Tim Jacobs, a Camp Point native who will highlight participation of local residents in the Civil War, the military units called up from this area and the primitive medical conditions of the time. All are invited to attend this public presentation, which will be held in the Heritage Room of the Camp Point Public Library, 206 E. State St.
Additional events planned for 2019 include a spring walking tour of Evergreen Cemetery, a summer presentation on Lt. Col. William Hanna, a local Camp Point businessman who distinguished himself in military service during the Civil War and a fall tour of local barns of architectural note. Future presentations will focus on local people, events or locations of historical interest, such as local architecture, the Chautauqua years at Bailey Park, the history of Maplewood School, and genealogy resources and workshops.
Since 1992, the Camp Point Historical Society has worked to "preserve, protect and promote a collection of local historical artifacts and records" of Camp Point. These include Camp Point Journal newspapers, Maplewood High School and Central High School yearbooks and memorabilia, historical photos, maps and plats of Camp Point -- all of which are housed at the Camp Point Public Library and are available to the public during normal library hours. In recent months, the CPHS Board has been working to better catalog and organize these documents, photographs and artifacts to promote easier access for those researching historical and genealogical data.
More information is available at Facebook.com/CPDHS.