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Lifestyles

Pam Lange will speak on Lovejoy Homestead

PRINCETON — The Bureau County Genealogical Society will meet for its regular monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 27, at the Society library, located at 629 S. Main St. in Princeton. The speaker for the evening will be Pam Lange of Princeton.

Lange is highly knowledgeable about Bureau County history, having been the executive director for the last 15 years of her 25 years working at the Bureau County Historical Society. 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. Her presentation will focus on the Lovejoy Homestead, located on the east edge of Princeton, which is a public museum at this time. She will talk about 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.

Anyone wanting further information about the program may call the BCGS library at 815- 879-3133 during regular hours of operation, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. The library is also open those same hours the first Saturday of each month especially for those who cannot research during the work week, but anyone is welcome to research on Saturdays as well.

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