2017 Meeting Schedule and Guest Speakers

Meetings are at 7:00 p.m. on the last Monday of each month at the Bank of Brodhead, except where noted.

January – No meeting

February – No meeting

March 27th – Museum curator Jaine Winters will speak on the Clarence Covered Bridge and how it continues to influence Brodhead landmarks

April 24th – No guest speaker, but a discussion of a proposed addition to the museum. Kirk Blumm, President of the William S. Knight Foundation, will also be in attendance.

May 22nd – Brodhead during World War I, followed by a sneak preview of the new exhibits for the 2017 season.

June 27th – Daniel Smith grew up on, and later farmed for 30 years, his family’s dairy farm in northwestern Illinois. His presentation, Seven Decades of a Family Farm, reveals through photos, text and stories the changes a family farm goes through over time. Thousands of Midwestern farm families share the Smith farm’s journey as farming, families and society have changed. The story of the Smith family farm is, in microcosm, the story of agriculture in our region.

July 25th – Ben Brinkmeier, Growing up in Brodhead in the 50’s and 60’s.

August 29th – Jeanne Scholes of Brodhead talks about her life. Flying, professional ice skating and running a successful business.

September 26th – Dick Benesh discusses the Decatur Lake Mill Race Association.

October 31st – Kris Winkler and Lynn Lokken will present their apron collection, which dates back to 1890.

November – No meeting

December – No meeting