February 18: DUE TO THE VOLUME OF SNOW, THIS PROGRAM WILL BE RE-SCHEDULED TO A FUTURE DATE. "FULTON'S COMMERCIAL RIVERFRONT: A FASCINATING HISTORY." This Powerpoint presentation describes the various businesses and the volumes of products delivered and transported by steamboats and trains at Fulton.
March 18: at Fulton (Martin House) Museum: "THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD: FROM FULTON TO POLO." A letter written by Henry Esley in the May, 1917 issue of the Fulton Journal explains his activities on the secret transportation of runaway slaves here in Fulton. Betty Odendorf, member of the Polo Historical Society has done extensive research on the organization, will be the featured speaker.
April 15: at Fulton 's North Cemetery: "FULTON ANCESTORS COME ALIVE IN THE NORTH CEMETERY.": This program is rescheduled from October which was canceled because of weather. Citizens who had made significant contributions to Fulton's success will be presented by costumed, local residents sharing personal backgrounds.
May 20: at Fulton's South Cemetery: The same program format will be conducted in the south cemetery and will feature persons buried there who have made significant contributions in Fulton's history.
In July and August there are no scheduled programs.
September 16:, at Fulton (Martin House) Museum: "ILLINOIS CELEBRATES ITS BICENTENNIAL: 1818 - 2018." A Powerpoint presentation will be the featured topic. A synopsis of the state history over the past 200 years will include special attention how it has related to what was occurring in Fulton during the same time period.
October 21: at Fulton (Martin House) Museum: "FULTON, ILLINOIS: THE WAY IT WAS.": What did iour area look like before John Baker, the founder, arrive in 1835 or before Illinois became a state in 1818? Taking a close look at th eNative Americans who resided here will be a featured part of the program.
November 18: at Fulton (Martin House) Museum: "DIAMOND JOE REYNOLDS - THE FAMOUS BOATMAN.": Joe Reynolds was a well-known boat builder and owner of many packets that plied up and down the Mississippi River. His original boatworks was located on Fulton's riverfront and, later, relocated to Dubuque, Iowa. Larry Friedman is writing a book on the man and his company and will join us as we learn more about this early business owner of Fulton's very own riverfront.