Friday, September 9, 2016

Downtown Beautification 1911

When Arthur Fee and family moved to Lawrenceville in 1911, his team was used to run a water wagon to sprinkle the dusty streets. He paid the city for water and drew it from fire hydrants all over town.  Residents paid about 50 cents a month for the service.

Have you visited the Smithsonian Water/Ways exhibit yet?  It's free so you can visit as often as you want....


Back to Back programs

Dennis Stroughmatt  invites audiences to visit the history of early-20th-century Illinois and even sing along to the music of the age at the Lawrence County Historical Society’s program on Sunday afternoon at 2 pm. September 11.  The program will be held at the Lawrenceville High School Auditorium, 2200 James Street.  Admission is free.   



Paul Umfleet, local woodcarver and 'lover of all things Audubon', will educate the public with his program, Audubon on the Water Ways, 7 pm  Monday evening, September 12 at the Lawrenceville Public Library (12th Street). Admission is Free.  Come find out Audubon's connection with Lawrence County.


We have started taking reservations for the Water/Ways bus tours. There will be a total of four tours, all the same.  (There are not four different ones, just four different times.....same tour, different Saturday)  Each will be about 1 ½ hours long and will consist of a loop through Allison Prairie, with stories along the way about George Field, Lake Lawrence, the major floods, and other water related stories.  The cost is $10 a person; the dates are Saturday, September 24th and Saturday October 1st, with the first tour of the day starting at 10 am and the second starting at noon.   The handicap accessible buses have seating for 26 people on each tour, so availability is limited.  Payment must be made in advance to insure a seat, and there will be no refunds.  Reservations can be made at the History Center.