FULTON, Ill. — The Volunteer Millers at de Immigrant windmill in Fulton will host their July program on Tuesday, July 9, at 6 p.m.
The event will be at the Windmill Cultural Center, 111 10th Ave. in downtown Fulton, across from the city’s authentic Dutch windmill.
The 2013 program series coordinates with this year’s tourism theme for Fulton: “Lincoln Highway Centennial 1913-2013: Travel & Tribute.”
Dr. Simon Cordery is the chairman of the History Department and Professor at Western Illinois University. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Texas, Austin. Prior to joining Western Illinois University, Cordery taught at Monmouth College, serving as chairman for five years. He also served as the director for the study-abroad program in the Czech Republic. He has published two books, and his current project is a history of the railroad industry in Illinois. He is the author of numerous articles and book reviews, and chairs the nominations committee of the National Railroad Hall of Fame.
In “Crossroads of the Nation: The Hidden History of Illinois’ Railroads,” Cordery will discuss the expansion of the railroad industry in the Land of Lincoln, demonstrate how the Prairie State fits into the pattern of national railroad development and explore the national political significance of the history of railroads in Illinois.
The saying, “a hog can travel non-stop from coast to coast, but a person must change in Chicago,” confirms the Windy City’s status as the hub of the American railroad system, but Chicago is only one facet of the fascinating history of Illinois railroads.
Refreshments will be served following the presentation. The facility is accessible to people with disabilities. The program is free and open to the public. The 2013 programs are supported by a grant from the D.S. Flikkema Foundation.
For more information, visit the city’s website at www.cityoffulton.us or contact Heather Bennett at (815) 589-4545.