In celebration of the bicentennial of Illinois statehood (1818-2018), the Illinois History and Lincoln Collections presents “The Leveretts’ Alton: One Family’s Life in Alton, Illinois,” an exhibit featuring archival materials dating between the 1840s through the 1860s from the Leverett family, who settled in Alton early on in its development. Alton, located north of St. Louis on the bank of the Mississippi River, served as a major port of trade and travel and played a significant role in Illinois history.
Newlyweds Warren and Mary Ann Leverett moved from New England to Alton in the 1830s, where they soon became involved in the community. Photographs, letters, and other personal papers offer insight into one family’s experience living in Alton during a period of growth, as well as what life was like in southwestern Illinois during and after the tumultuous period of the Civil War.
This exhibit was created in conjunction with the Rare Book & Manuscript Library’s exhibit “Designed, Displayed, and Discarded: Ephemeral Printing in Alton, Illinois, 1835-1855.”
Exhibit hours: The exhibit will be open from 9:00am-5:00pm, Monday-Friday during spring semester. Hours will be reduced during spring break and during the summer semester. Please see the library website at http://www.library.illinois.edu/ihx for details.