Kaneville Township Historical Society

Kaneville Township Historical Society The mission of the Kaneville Township Historical Society is to collect and preserve artifacts and documentary materials that relate to the history of Kaneville, and to educate the public by promoting the history of Kaneville.
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Honor Memorial Day. Join us today for outdoor program at 10am.
05/31/2021

Honor Memorial Day. Join us today for outdoor program at 10am.

Just finished with a new display honoring veterans and people on our recognition tree. Also put up some new framed pictu...
05/29/2021

Just finished with a new display honoring veterans and people on our recognition tree. Also put up some new framed pictures. Check them out if you come to Memorial Day or anytime the library is open!

05/26/2021

Just an update to Memorial Day program. We will still march to cemetery & there will be individually wrapped donuts and coffee and lemonade after. There will be a FM broadcast & Facebook livestream also.

Timeline Photos
04/26/2021

Timeline Photos

Let us Cook for you this Wednesday 4/28!! BBQ Chicken Dinner with all the fixings only $30 feeds four! Pre order yours today call 630 557 2228 or Message the store!!!

Please support us in our new fundraiser. The mugs are available at Hill's Country Store & the Kaneville Public Library. ...
04/12/2021

Please support us in our new fundraiser. The mugs are available at Hill's Country Store & the Kaneville Public Library. You can also message me & make arrangements for pickup.

Please support us in our new fundraiser. The mugs are available at Hill's Country Store & the Kaneville Public Library. You can also message me & make arrangements for pickup.

Time to stock up!
03/29/2021

Time to stock up!

Did somebody say spring cleaning? We're making room for new donations and materials, and our book sale books need new homes! Stop by this week (March 29th, 2021 - April 3rd, 2021) and visit our hallway book sale. Everything is $1 or less!

Happy Valentine's Day!
02/14/2021

Happy Valentine's Day!

Happy Valentine's Day!

01/20/2021

Think about the significant role sound effects play in theater, movies, video production and television. The use of sound effects actually has very humble beginnings in early radio.

The links below provide resources for you to understand the role of sound effects and its beginnings and growth.
http://www.greatnorthernaudio.com/sound_effects.html
https://vocal.media/futurism/history-of-sound-effects
https://www.britannica.com/art/sound-effect

Radio Shows on Zoom is a new four-week Zoom series the museum is producing this year and will begin in February. Each Sunday at 2 pm different genres of old time radio shows will be showcased with voice talent of volunteers from the museum.

Special thanks to Rockford’s Greatest Hits FM100.5 for assisting with the production of the radio shows.

Radio Shows on Zoom Begin in February
To learn more about the museum’s Radio Shows on Zoom re-productions or to register, click on this link: https://tinyurl.com/radioshowsonzoom.

Questions? Call 815-397-9112.

01/07/2021
Kaneville Skeeters Baseball

Batter up!

Kaneville Baseball registration will be starting January 1st. You can pick up forms in the library, or you can print one off this page. There is a discount with early registration. Registration will close the end of February.

Kaneville Township Historical Society
12/13/2020

Kaneville Township Historical Society

Kaneville Township Historical Society's cover photo
12/13/2020

Kaneville Township Historical Society's cover photo

It's time to get your Santa lists ready!
11/29/2020

It's time to get your Santa lists ready!

Here we go! Up and running!

❄️❄️A couple notes to keep in mind...❄️❄️

☺️ Please be mindful and respectful of the property, decorations, other guests and neighbors!

🖍 Don’t forget a goody bag (while supplies last)! I will try to replenish these when able! Feel free to send me a message if they’re out!

📮 Please wait your turn if other guests are at the mailbox and/or taking photos!

🎅🏼 MOST IMPORTANTLY: Make sure your child puts their name and return address for a special letter back from Santa himself! If there is anything special or specific you want added in your letter feel free to message me!

🥳 Last but not least, HAVE FUN! We are so excited about this little project and can’t wait to see photos and smiles on faces of all ages!

🎄😍 Thank you all for the support and Merry Christmas! 😍🎄

11/26/2020
Kaneville Township Historical Society's cover photo
11/22/2020

Kaneville Township Historical Society's cover photo

11/21/2020
Doc Hardy's Christmas Express

Check this out for the kids for Christmas. Doctor Hardy's office on Main Street in Kaneville, is decorated & kids will be able to drop off their Santa letters.

Coming Soon....The Ultimate Christmas Post Office!!!

With so much being unknown and Santa visits being put on hold, we wanted to still be able to put some extra holiday magic into the hearts of our community!

Starting Nov. 30th, 2020 there will be a MAGICAL mailbox right next to the front door! This mailbox (with the help of Hardy the Elf) will take any letter addressed to Santa directly to the North Pole, no postage necessary! You can write anything you want to him, your thoughts, ideas, wishes, etc.! Be sure to include your name and return address for a special letter back from the Big Guy in Red!

There is so much history in this little office! I hope to have some stuff to share next week before "opening"! Some great memories have also been made here! If you are a Kaneville native, you may remember actually visiting Santa here! You were able to get your picture taken with a Polaroid, a candy cane and of course a popcorn ball! The exterior may look a bit intimidating this year, but we have hope it will still bring joy and smiles to everyone! Fingers crossed for getting it cleaned up for next year in the Spring!

Stay tuned for updates and some shared history of the building! Feel free to post, message, tag us with any questions, comments, suggestions! We've been wanting to do something like this for years and this year seems perfect to just slowly ease into it and see how it goes!

***If there are any special details you would like included in your return letter please message us here or sneak it into your envelope!***

Kaneville Public Library
11/17/2020

Kaneville Public Library

Beginning Wednesday, November 18th, 2020 the Kaneville Public Library will be returning to Curbside Pickup and Appointment Only Service through Wednesday, December 2nd, 2020. We will update this notice with any changes on that date. Our staffed hours will stay the same as below:

Monday | 10am - 7pm
Tuesday | 2pm - 7pm
Wednesday | 10am - 7pm
Thursday | 2pm - 7pm
Friday | 10am - 4pm
Saturday | 10am - 2pm

The library will also be closed for the upcoming holiday weekend from 11/26/2020 - 11/29/2020. We will continue to publicize any changes to this schedule as they arise. The safety of our community is our top priority and are doing everything we can to serve our patrons while keeping both our staff and community members safe and healthy.

At this time the doors on both sides of the building will be locked and patrons may request one of three types of appointments: curbside pickup appointments, computer + study appointments (30 minutes), or browsing appointments (30 minutes). Instructions for arranging each type of appointment can be found on our website under the "Appointments" tab. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to us via phone at (630) 557-2441 or email at [email protected]. Thank you for being patient and understanding while we navigate through the rest of the year.

-KPLD Library Staff

Thank-you to all the Veteran's!
11/09/2020

Thank-you to all the Veteran's!

We received a book about Grace Ravlin's life from her family. It is on display at the entrance to the Community Center a...
10/28/2020

We received a book about Grace Ravlin's life from her family. It is on display at the entrance to the Community Center along with some of her paintings & mandolin.

Check out our new addition in the hallway at the Kaneville Community Center! We now have a recognition tree of members w...
10/16/2020

Check out our new addition in the hallway at the Kaneville Community Center! We now have a recognition tree of members who have gone above & beyond to help our society. The tree was provided by donations from the Robert Pierson Memorial.

09/26/2020
Joann

You're welcome! We like supporting our local artists!

Thank you Kaneville Township Historical Society for allowing us to tape Lee Murdock's "Great Lakes Ghosts" concert at the Benton House. The concert will air online at 7:00 pm on Saturday, October 10, 2020 ... It will be a Vimeo Premier concert. We will post a link to the concert here soon.

09/11/2020
Let your farmer friends know about this event. We appreciate them so much!
09/08/2020

Let your farmer friends know about this event. We appreciate them so much!

Start the Harvest with a prayer for safety and God's mercy. All area farmers and farm workers are invited to join our church in this September 19, 7 am event at the Church in Kaneville.

100 years ago today!
08/26/2020

100 years ago today!

HISTORICAL HEADLINES

By Mark W. Sorensen

August 2020 marked the 100th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution “giving” women the right to vote on all issues on the same basis as male citizens. However, Illinois in 1913 was the first state east of the Mississippi River to allow women to vote for president and even before that Illinois women could vote on a few other matters.

Because a “women’s sphere” was thought to be the home and children, in 1873 Illinois passed a statute which allowed any woman, "married or single," who possessed the qualification required of men, to be eligible to hold any school office in Illinois created by law and not the state constitution. Even though they couldn't vote for themselves, on November 4, 1873 ten women were elected as County Superintendents of Schools around the state. [To help find the names of women running for office in Illinois and other states before 1920 use the web site HER HAT WAS IN THE RING http://www.herhatwasinthering.org/.]

In 1891 the Illinois legislature passed a bill that entitled women to vote at any election held to elect school officials. Since these elections were often held at the same time and place as elections for other offices, women by law had to use separate ballots and separate ballot boxes. Starting in 1892 women voted in school elections around the state and by 1894 the law was interpreted to also allow for women both serving as and voting for University of Illinois Trustees. Thus that November, Chicago child-rights advocate Lucy Louisa Coues Flower became the first woman in Illinois elected to a state-wide office.

For the next ten years most women did not take advantage of these limited voting opportunities and this lack of participation was used as one argument against expanding their franchise. Not only were women suffragists opposed by men and the liquor lobby that did not like the female tendency towards favoring Temperance, they were also opposed by some of their “sisters” such as Chicago homemaker Caroline Fairfield Corbin who in 1897 founded the “Illinois Association Opposed to the Extension of Suffrage to Women.”

In the summer of 1910 the women’s suffrage movement in Illinois was reinvigorated by suffrage motor car tours around the state and in March 1911 Jane Addams lent her influence to the cause and introduced a dozen female advocates who each got to speak for three minutes in the State Capitol to a committee of the General Assembly. After years of work by Catharine Waugh McCulloch and new lobbying techniques by Grace Wilbur Trout, the Municipal Suffrage bill was passed by the Illinois G.A. in June 1913 and signed by Gov. Dunne. During the debate in the House, Rep. Browne said he “had too much respect for women to place the burden of the vote upon their shoulders” and would vote no because it would mean the “extermination of the old line parties, both Democrat and Republican and would put the Progressives in power.”

The woman mentioned in the June 12 news headline who sent the “Letter Against Suffrage to Representatives” was Mrs. Mae Curran, wife of Progressive Party state representative John M. Curran who voted in favor of the bill. Mrs. Curran wrote to each representative explaining that she represented “the large, but silent, body of women … who see in such a bill only a burden to themselves and a menace to the state.” Rep. Curran said his wife “had a right to her convictions.” As is seen in the June 12 newspaper sidebar, Illinois women could now vote for president and some city and county officials, but not for any state officers or members of the General Assembly because these offices were specifically mentioned in the 1870 Illinois Constitution which was nearly impossible to amend.

For an update on Suffrage anniversary activities and information go to SUFFRAGE 2020 ILLINOIS online at https://suffrage2020illinois.org/

Mark W. Sorensen is a past president of the ISHS and the author of AHEAD OF THEIR TIME: A brief history of woman suffrage in Illinois found in the Nov/Dec 2004 edition Illinois Heritage Magazine.

Available online at https://www.lib.niu.edu/2004/ih110604half.html

The Kaneville Public Library is having a blood drive next Thursday. Here is how you can sign up.
08/05/2020
Heartland Blood Centers - Donor Portal

The Kaneville Public Library is having a blood drive next Thursday. Here is how you can sign up.

Versiti is a strategic affiliation of successful healthcare organizations whose vision is to improve the health of patients as the national leader in innovative transfusion solutions for healthcare systems.

07/04/2020
SignFX
06/27/2020

SignFX

Before and after signs! Kaneville Skeeters Baseball

Kaneville Public Library
06/26/2020

Kaneville Public Library

Exciting news... We will be open for our regular operating hours beginning Wednesday, July 1st! Please note that if you will be visiting us and picking out materials, masks will be required to enter the building. If you are unable to wear one, please reach out to us and we will be happy to make accommodations for you via curbside pickups. We can't wait to have you back in the library!

Happy Father's Day!
06/21/2020
The Forgotten History of Father's Day

Happy Father's Day!

The Forgotten History of Father's Day. Find out how one woman asked to recognize the fathers in her town and inspired others.

06/03/2020
Kaneville Public Library

Yay!

Good morning, Kaneville! Staff is in the library this morning for our first day of Curbside Pickup from 10am - 2pm. You can place holds on our items through the catalog, by sending us an email at [email protected] or giving us a call at (630) 557-2441 and scheduling a pickup time with us.

Remembering past Memorial Days.
05/25/2020

Remembering past Memorial Days.

Kaneville Township Historical Society's cover photo
05/24/2020

Kaneville Township Historical Society's cover photo

It's Kaneville's 125th Memorial Day. Do you know the history of Decoration Day (Memorial Day) in Kaneville? It all start...
05/24/2020

It's Kaneville's 125th Memorial Day. Do you know the history of Decoration Day (Memorial Day) in Kaneville? It all started with Lettie Lovell (Phelps)!
"The decoration of veteran's graves in various cities and villages had been taking place for several years when in 1895, Lettie Lovell, a local teacher decided that the school children should join in this custom. She asked the children to bring wildflowers to school. They formed a lined and walked from the school up the hill to the cemetery." "Several years went by with a very simple ceremony, but the community became interested in joining the children. More features were added. There baseball games, band concerts, speakers, and poetry, etc. that became part of the day's events. But always, the children have decorated the graves with flags and flowers." (from the History and Lore of the Kaneville Cemetery).

We can still honor the tradition, there will still be flowers for children to put on graves, & taps will be playing.

Checked this out from the Kaneville Library!
05/22/2020

Checked this out from the Kaneville Library!

The Kaneville Public Library is excited to announce our soft reopening for curbside pickup starting June 3rd! Our first curbside pickup schedule will be in effect from June 3rd - June 17th and may be modified after that date. Hours you may schedule a pickup during those first two weeks will be…

Tuesday: 2pm - 6pm
Wednesday: 10am - 2pm
Thursday: 2pm - 6pm
Saturday: 10am - 2pm

For more details, take a look at our summer news blast or visit the Curbside Pickup page on our website at https://www.kanevillelibrary.org/curbside-pickup/

Address

P.O. Box 7
Kaneville, IL
60144

Telephone

(630) 557-2854

Products

The Historical Society offers post cards, a yearly calendar, books on Kaneville's history (two volumes), and a Kaneville Township Cemetery book, which are on sale at Hill's Country Store or by contacting the foundation.

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Thank you Kaneville Township Historical Society for allowing us to tape Lee Murdock's "Great Lakes Ghosts" concert at the Benton House. The concert will air online at 7:00 pm on Saturday, October 10, 2020 ... It will be a Vimeo Premier concert. We will post a link to the concert here soon.
Meeting tonight?
To Kaneville Township Residents: We would like to give you an update on the Kaneville Public Library. The Board consists of 7 members, Karen Kneller, President; Annette Theobald, Vice President; Peggy Ward, Treasurer; Jody Springsteen, Secretary; Mary Niceley; Denise Harris; and Mary Ebert. Mary Niceley recently resigned from her position after almost 25 years. Other Board members are ready to retire. However, no one has stepped forward to volunteer or shown an interest. Between Karen, Mary, Annette and Peggy, they have served well over 100 years of service with no monetary benefit. All Board positions are unpaid. Serving on the Board is gratifying, knowing you are serving your community to make sure they have library services and children’s programs. We have continued to serve to make sure the library does stay open for the community. If anyone is interested in serving, please let us know. You have might have heard we have been without a Library Director since the end of August. We initially anticipated that the Library would be closed for two weeks, until we could assess our situation and come up with a new plan. However, the Board and Cindy Olson worked together with the support of Rails and we were only closed 2 days with no break in service. Since that time, we have hired temporary help with the generous support of our neighboring library, Shannon Halikias, current Director the Sugar Grove Library and Carla Limbaugh. However, they are only able to help us through the end of December. Recently, Cindy Olson gave her notice for personal reasons and her last day is the first week of December. We have placed ads in Rails for a new Director and are excited to report we have received 5 applicants. We will be scheduling interviews soon. We have posted the job opening for 2 new library clerks also. We will have the new director interview and hire staff. Someone ask if we are able to offer benefits. The short answer is no. Our annual budget is $86,000 and $55,000 is for payroll. The remaining funds would not be enough to purchase materials and general operating expenses. All our positions are part time. The Big Picture. In 5 years, we will be required to pay more money to belong to the current library services, Swan. That could mean a referendum or other options. If the Kaneville Library no longer existed it would mean no library services for our residents. If you wanted to use a library, a card costs about $450 and would be good for one library. Currently, your Kaneville Library card is good at any library. Our library is an asset to our community. It has been a staple in Kaneville for many years and needs to continue to improve and grow with the community. How can you help? We need to spread the word to residents interested in serving on the Board. The Board meets once monthly on the first Tuesday of each month at 6:30pm to 8:00 pm. We are currently meeting on Wednesday at 4:30pm until we have our new staff in place. If anyone is interested in a library clerk position, please apply. We would like input on what hours the community would like to see the library open, what classes or community events you would be interested in attending. It maybe necessary to reduce hours to accommodate our tight budget concerns. We also plan on doing a few improvements to the library, so if you are interested in helping with that project, please let us know. Please know the current Board members are dedicated, hardworking people who only do what they feel is in the best interest of the Library. They volunteer many hours from home besides meetings and strive to do all they can to support the community. We can be reached at the library 630-557-2441 for more information. Thank you.