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Tonozzis to speak at BCGS on 1890s’ local anarchism

Published: Friday, Aug. 22, 2014 12:39 p.m. CDT

PRINCETON — The program for Thursday’s meeting of the Bureau County Genealogical Society will feature area speakers Tom and Mary Jane Tonozzi.  Their program, titled “Anarchy in the Valley,” will be of great interest to those who enjoy local history.

Both Tom and Mary Jane come from family backgrounds that include coal miners in eastern Bureau County and LaSalle. They will discuss the identification of immigrants as perceived anarchists and those who saw them as a threat to the well-being of the people of Bureau County in the early 1890s. Spring Valley and Chicago were the two major centers of anarchism in the Midwest. The early years of the organization of labor unions in this area will also be a part of the program.

The public is encouraged to attend this free program that will be held at 7 p.m. at the BCGS library at 629 S. Main St. in Princeton.

The BCGS will sponsor another series of beginning genealogical classes at the Society library for four Wednesday, running from Sept. 24 to Oct. 15. The classes will be led by Eva Blanco, an experienced genealogist and teacher, and will run from 7 to 9 p.m. each evening. The cost of the four classes will be $30. Pre-registration may be in person or by mail.

Questions about the August program or the series of classes may be addressed by stopping by the library during regular business hours of 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, and the first Saturday of each month, or by calling 815-879-3133.

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