How Illinois Became a State

Wednesday, December 6, 2017 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Location: 

  • Illinois State Museum, Springfield

Event Venue: 

Thorne Deuel Auditorium

Event Audience: 

Adult
Teen

Fee: 

Free & open to the public

Paul Mickey Science Series presented by Robert E. Church

This presentation will highlight the role of land surveying in the development of the United States. In addition to a long career in surveying and engineering, Mr. Church has always had an interest in the history of land surveying. In his presentation, Church will explain how Thomas Jefferson’s Rectangular System of surveying brought about the development of a new nation 66 feet at a time. Church will also address Illinois history, including how Chicago almost ended up in Wisconsin and how land surveying began Abraham Lincoln’s political career.

Each month, the Paul Mickey Science Series features a different speaker and topic in the Auditorium at the Illinois State Museum. For additional information, please contact events@illinoisstatemuseum.org or (217) 558-6696.

Surveying with Abraham Lincoln

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