BCGS program to feature Lovejoy Homestead

PRINCETON - The Bureau County Genealogical Society will hold its regular monthly meeting at 7 p.m. on Thursday evening, Feb. 27 at the Society library, 629 South Main St., Princeton. The speaker for the evening will be Pam Lange of Princeton, who will discuss the Lovejoy Homestead in Princeton.

Lange is highly knowledgeable about Bureau County history having been the executive director of the Bureau County Historical Society for the last 15 of her 25 years working there. While in college she wrote her master’s thesis on Owen Lovejoy, the well-known “conductor” on the Underground Railroad, minister, and congressman from Illinois. Lange has also been a member of the Lovejoy Homestead Board of Trustees for 27 years.

The Lovejoy Homestead, located on the east edge of Princeton, is currently a public museum. Lange’s presentation will include the Denham and Lovejoy families, who occupied the home for almost 100 years, and the Underground Railroad, which was a part of Bureau County’s history. Lange has recently updated a 1949 booklet on the history of the homestead with more information on the family and an update of its history since the first printing. Copies will be available for purchase at the meeting. The meeting is free and open to the public.

For further information about the program, call the BCGS library at (815) 879-3133 during regular hours of operation Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. The library is also open those hours on the first Saturday of each month especially for those who cannot research during the work week.