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Lifestyles

Suppan to speak at BCGS meeting

PRINCETON — The Bureau County Genealogical Society will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 23, at the Society library at 629 S. Main St. in Princeton.

The speaker for the evening will be Heinz-Dietrich Suppan, who teaches at Marquette High School in Ottawa and serves as an adjunct instructor at Illinois Valley Community College. His program for the evening will be “Anti-German Hysteria during World War I.”

By the time World War I broke out, many Germans had already settled in the United States and had become citizens. A great number of them were business owners as well. With Germany being an adversary of the United States in that war, many Anglo-Americans feared that German Americans would be loyal to the Kaiser. Suppan will tell the audience where the “Devil’s Triangle” was located and how social issues changed at that time. The meeting is free and open to the public.

Also during the business portion of the meeting, an annual financial report will be given. In addition, a new slate of officers will be presented at this meeting for election to serve for the coming year.

For any questions about the meeting or report, contact BCGS during regular hours of operation, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, or by calling 815-879-3133 or stopping by in person. The library will continue to also be open during those same hours the first Saturday of each month.

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