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  Paul Mickey Science Series: New Philadelphia (Pike County, Illinois) and the Civil War   

Paul Mickey Science Series: New Philadelphia (Pike County, Illinois) and the Civil War

  • Location: Illinois State Museum, Springfield, Springfield
  • Date: Wednesday, July 10, 2013, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

The Paul Mickey Science Series for June, July, and August will follow a theme on the Civil War and will take place in the Illinois State Museum's Thorne Deuel Auditorium, 502 S. Spring Street.

Presented by Claire Fuller Martin, Research Associate, Illinois State Museum

New Philadelphia, in Pike County, Illinois, was the first town founded by an African American. Platted in 1836 by "Free Frank" McWorter, New Philadelphia survived for over a hundred years and the town site was designated as a National Historic Landmark by the National Park Service in 2009. With the outbreak of the Civil War, regional and political loyalties clashed violently in Pike County, Illinois, climaxing with the murder of one of New Philadelphia community's early settlers. The community contributed many of its young men to the Union forces, particularly the 99th Illinois Infantry and the 38th U.S. Colored Troops. The end of the war saw an influx of newly freed slaves, an outflow of residents leaving for the Western plains, the presence of several new widows, and a war orphan who found refuge in New Philadelphia.

Discover Illinois' rich prehistoric and historic past by attending an ISM Paul Mickey Science Series Program. A different speaker and topic are featured each month. For more information on upcoming topics and speakers, please contact Nina Walthall at (217) 782-0061 or (217) 785-0037.

  • Second Wednesday of each month
  • 7:00 to 8:30 PM
  • Free and Open to the Public

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