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Illinois State Museum Society hosting day trips to Lockport, Joliet

A motorcoach trip to the Lockport Gallery and Old Joliet Prison is Aug. 10. A second motorcoach trip to New Philadelphia and Huck Finn Freedom Center Sept. 14

At the gallery on Aug. 10, curator John Lustig will give a tour of the current exhibition Rocked and Rolled, which playfully features music-inspired artwork by Illinois artists, and rocks, fossils, and minerals from ISM’s geology collection.

Participants will then travel to the Old Joliet Prison in Joliet for a 90-minute walking tour.

To register and for more information, visit bit.ly/ismtripaug2019.

The Sept. 14 trip will focus on the history of African Americans in the Midwest. The first stop will be New Philadelphia in west central Illinois, the site of the first town platted and registered by an African American.

Terrance Martin, ISM Emeritus Curator of Anthropology, and Claire Martin, ISM research associate in anthropology will host the trip and tell of their experiences participating in the New Philadelphia Archaeological Project, an eight-year study of the site and its founder Free Frank McWorter.

Participants will enjoy commentary from members of the New Philadelphia Association and an augmented reality tour of the site.

The group will then travel to Hannibal, Missouri, to the Huck Finn Freedom Center, which is dedicated to interpreting the history of segregation, integration, the Jim Crow era, and the Civil Rights movement in Hannibal.

To register and for more information, visit bit.ly/ismtripsep2019.

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