Central Church is delighted to be participating in the exciting events to be held during the 39th Annual Galesburg Railroad Days. All of our activities will be held on Saturday, June 25. We hope you can attend these outstanding events.
LUNCH ON THE LAWN
11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Have lunch with us! Burgers and brats, sides and beverage. Seating provided. All proceeds go towards preservation of our historic building.
Railroading in the Prairie State
The Origin of Illinois Railroads: Failure to Triumph
Auditorium, 10:30 a.m.
Illinois Railroads in the Twentieth Century: From Profits to Despair and Renaissance, Auditorium, 1:30 p.m.
A rapid run through the colorful, surprising, and important history of the railroad industry in Illinois, from original failure to unprecedented success to near-extinction and then unexpected renaissance. Part 1 at 10:30 a.m., Part 2 at 1:30 p.m. A book signing will follow each presentation.Simon Cordery is the author of The Iron Road in the Prairie State: The Story of Illinois Railroading (Indiana University Press, 2016) and chair of the nominations committee of the National Railroad Hall of Fame.
Dr. Simon Cordery was recently named chair of the Department of History in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Iowa State University.
Mrs. Lincoln’s Salon
South Room, 12:00 noon
Mrs. Lincoln’s Salon takes place in her Blue Room on April 4th, 1865. Mr. Lincoln and their youngest son, Tad, are at City Point, Robert, their eldest, is with General Grant in pursuit of Robert E Lee and Mary is alone in the Executive Mansion. The audience is invited to reminisce with Mrs. Lincoln about her childhood, her days in Springfield and her children as she celebrates Tad’s 12th birthday, and the end of the Civil War. Drawing from her own letters to friends, family and political figures of the era, Mrs. Lincoln’s Salon paints a picture of Mary Lincoln that is both sympathetic and truthful.
Mrs. Lincoln’s Salon is a 30 to 45 minute presentation with a question and answer period afterward.
Debra Ann Miller is a professional actress, vocalist and voice-over artist with over 30 years of experience as a performer for live audiences, television and film. Debra has balanced her career between commercial and educational theater since graduating from Michigan State University’s Department of Theater in 1981. Since 1997, she has toured the country with Michael Krebs as one of our nation’s more controversial First Ladies, Mary Todd Lincoln. In recent years she has focused on writing and producing one-woman plays in which she portrays important historical figures such as Jane Austen, Louisa May Alcott and others, including Mary Todd Lincoln in “Mrs. Lincoln’s Salon.”
Broad Street entrance, 9:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 12:00 p.m., 12:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m.
Join us for a free guided tour of the beautiful Central Congregational Church, built in 1898 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Tours begin on the front steps of the church.
We’ve just added a new gallery with photos taken at the Bickerdyke event held on May 11, 2016, at Central Congregational Church. The link below will take you directly to the photos.
2nd Bickerdyke Day Photo Gallery
Mary Ann “Mother” Bickerdyke, as portrayed by Pam Johnson, will be at Central Congregational Church on Wednesday, May 11, 2016, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Stories from her fascinating life will be told in a fast-paced presentation beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the sanctuary. Before and after the presentation, the South Room (parlor) of the church will be set up with living history displays of what was going on right here in Knox County during the Civil War. Reenactors, all in period dress, will demonstrate some of the ways our town and county supported the men and boys who were away at war. Come and see how bedding, clothing and food were made, gathered and shipped to battlefields. Learn about the personal items and mementos from home that the soldiers carried into battle. You will learn about the role of horses, both at home and at war, and how the value of horses changed as the war went along. Meet a Union army recruiter. Talk with one of the townsfolk who took it upon himself to call on the families that the soldiers left behind, and hear how the town supported those loved ones. Visit with Mary Allen West, as portrayed by Gail Masinda. Songs from the Civil War era will be performed. A bake sale, with proceeds to benefit the Central Church Preservation Fund, will be available.
The event is free and open to the public.
The link below will take you to a PDF version of our monthly newsletter, The Crier.
Crier May 2016
We’ve added some photos to our collection! First is a set of photos taken at the “National Icons, Local Treasures” benefit concert held on April 27, 2016.
Click here to see the photos.
Next we have two wonderful photos of Carl Sandburg appearing at Central in 1953.
Click here to see the photos.
Click the link below to open a PDF version of our monthly newsletter, “The Crier.”
April Crier 2016
Great shopping, yummy lunch, live music! We hope to see you there!
A bit late but here is the November 2015 edition of our monthly newsletter, The Crier. Click the link below to open a PDF version.
2015 November Crier
Here is our monthly newsletter, The Crier, in PDF form. Enjoy!
October Crier 2015
Hundreds of visitors from the Galesburg area (as well as from several different states) stopped by Central Congregational to experience living history, listen to some great singing, enjoy lunch, and tour our historic building. While it was a lot of work, it was great fun to host these activities as part of Railroad Days. A special thanks goes to our many friends from the community at large who really pulled together to make this event happen.
Leading up to Railroad Days, an article appeared in the Galesburg Register-Mail highlighting one of our featured events, an appearance of Harriet Tubman as portrayed by Kathryn Harris. Click here to read the complete story.
A wonderful photo gallery of the days events can be found on our Photo Archives page, or you can click here to go directly to the Railroad Days gallery.