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Schools, education and being able to hear guest speakers is what makes club membership exciting. Beth McGlasson was the guest speaker at the Dr. Silas Hamilton Chapter National Society Daughters of the American Revolution meeting on Oct 9. McGlasson spoke at the Jerseyville Public Library and she is the Vice President, Jersey County Historical Society. McGlasson refreshed members’ knowledge with her in depth research and pictures of the life and death of Dr. Silas Hamilton.
“Dr. Hamilton was not only a dedicated physician but also in his will he bequeathed “Four Thousand Dollars for the establishment of a primary school.” This school has been widely known as the first free school in Illinois and was open to all students regardless of race. “ McGlasson said. “ The school was built in Otterville, Jersey County, in 1834 and was razed, rebuilt in 1870 and attended until 1971. Currently it is a museum owned by the Otterville Historical Society and a festival is held annually in honor of Dr. Silas Hamilton and the history of the school. “
The chapter will meet again at 11:00 a.m. at the Olive Branch restaurant in Jerseyville. District Director, Pat Boldt, will be the guest speaker at the meeting.