"It Was a Crime to be German"
Tuesday, 11/13, doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Bartlett Village Hall, 228 S. Main Street

Book burnings...physical attacks upon immigrants...vandalism of immigrant-owned property...proliferation of irrational fear and hatred. One hundred years ago, incidents such as these took place right here in Illinois.

The United States was involved in the "Great War," and some Illinoisans considered anything German to be evil - including their fellow residents of German descent. Bartlett was almost entirely a Germanic community then.

Join the Bartlett History Museum on Tuesday, 11/13 for "It Was a Crime to Be German," held at Bartlett Village Hall, 228 S. Main Street. Through first person costume portrayal, historical actor Barbara Kay will depict her great-grandmother Margaret May, a resident of southern Illinois, who saw and felt anti-German hysteria a century ago. Kay will illustrate her presentation with photographs, newspaper headlines and editorial cartoons of the time, bringing the struggles of World War I-era German Illinoisans to life.

The presentation begins at 7 p.m. with doors opening at 6:30 p.m. for refreshments and preprogram talk. Registration is required for this free event. Contact Pam Rohleder at prohleder@vbartlett.org with your name, phone number and number of attendees or call 630-837-0800.

Kay is part of the Statewide Road Scholars Speakers Series. This event is being produced through a partnership with Illinois Humanities that is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the Illinois General Assembly (through the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency), as well as contributions from individuals, foundations and corporations.

 

 

Free Children's Craft at the Depot Museum
First Saturday of the month from 9 a.m. to noon
Bartlett Depot Museum, 100 W. Railroad Avenue

Children with their families are invited to come to the Depot Musuem on the first Saturday of the month to make a free craft item. Registration is not necessary but supplies are limited.

The Bartlett Depot Museum will be closed from December 1 through February 1 for annual maintenance. Mark your calendar for Saturday, 2/2/2019 and join the Depot Museum staff when they reopen for the monthly "First Saturday Free Family Craft!"