The October 13, 2009 general meeting of the Tazewell County Genealogical andHistorical Society will have John Hallwas as its guest speaker; John participates with the Illinois Humanities Road Scholars Speakers Bureau. Dr Hallwas was originally scheduled to speak in May of this year, but he received word that he was being honored for his book and that award was to be given the week of our meeting and he was forced to cancel. We are excited that we were able to reschedule his appearance at our society.
Join Dr. John Hallwas for an exciting lecture and slide presentation entitled Desperadoes: Notorious Lawbreakers of Early Illinois that delves into the dark side of Illinois history, from the frontier killers at Cave-in-Rock to later horse thieves, bandits, and murderers. Groups such as the Brown Gang, the Johnson Gang, and Tazewell County's own Berry Gang - and outlaws like Joe Brice, Ed Maxwell, and Frank Rande - will be discussed, and then slides, based on lithographs and historic photographs, will depict some of the outlaws and the locations associated with their nefarious activities. The lecture will also include comments on the early lawmen and vigilantes who tracked down the desperadoes.
John Hallwas holds a PhD from the University of Florida and retired in 2004 from Western Illinois University. He has received a number of teaching and service awards and has written more than a dozen books and scores of articles on Illinois history and literature, including the recently published Dime Novel Desperadoes.
This Program is made possible in part by an award from the Illinois Humanities Council, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Illinois GeneralAssembly. The meeting, which is open to the general public, will be held on Tuesday October13, 2009 at the Society's Erlicher Library, located at 719 N Eleventh St, Pekin, IL. The program will begin promptly at 7:00 PM, with a business meeting immediately following. The building is handicapped accessible with ample parking available.