Awhile ago I posted about my visit home and a trip to the History Museum of Monroe County. The Museum shares grounds with the historic Bellefontaine House and Moore’s Cabin. These sites commemorate the first Europeans (note: indigenous peoples were living here as far back as 12,000 B.C.E., or “before common era,”) to settle Illinois.
I spent a happy few days visiting my family in southern Illinois last weekend, and squeezed in a first-time trip to the History Museum of Monroe County. Like many Monroe County locals, my family has lived in this area since our ancestors emigrated from Germany in the 19th century. As you can imagine, pride in the community’s culture and history runs deep.