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With Greene County Days just around the corner, the Greene County Historical and Genealogical Society has announced several attractions available to visitors during Greene County Days weekend, Sept. 9-10, to be held at the historic Lee-Baker-Hodges building on the Public Square in Carrollton.
The building, listed on the National Register of Historic places and dating back 1821, is part of the Carrollton Courthouse Square Historic District, and will be open both days for tours.
The building contains the genealogy library, museum rooms and artifacts which date to the earliest days of Greene County. The hours will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. both days.
Three recent books published by the Society – Greene County Illinois – History and Families (2016), Growing Up in Eldred (2020) and WE & US (2021) – will be available for purchase.
On Friday only, Sept. 9, Bernie Faul and other members will be selling rib-eyes, hot dogs and porky burger sandwiches on the front lawn. In case of rain, this feature will be re-scheduled for Saturday, Sept., 10. Proceeds from the sale of food and books will be used for the cost of building improvements and upkeep.
Everyone is invited to stop by and learn more about their own family history and see all the artifacts used by our ancestors, even going back to the Native American groups that traveled the Illinois River Valley several millennia ago. Everyone is welcome to visit and their participation is sincerely appreciated.