Press release submitted by Heather M. Bennett, tourism director, city of Fulton.
Fulton's De Immigrant Volunteer Millers have sponsored monthly programs at the Windmill Cultural Center, 111 10th Ave., Fulton, accross the street from De Immigrant windmill. The monthly presentations in 2013, will coincide with Fulton's 2013 tourism theme "Lincoln Highway Centennial 1913-2013: Travel & Tribute."
Programs at 6 p.m., unless otherwise stated, free and open to the public. Visit the city's website for updated information, cancellations, and changes to the programs, www.cityoffulton.us or call (815) 589-4545.
The following programs are scheduled for 2013:
Jan. 22 --"All Community Read: Country Driving by Peter Hessler," discussion led by Martha Bonte, Clinton Community College Professor.
Feb. 11 --"Stargazing along the Lincoln Highway," Jim Rutenbeck, Quad Cities Astronomy Club
March 25 --"My Journeys Around the World as a Blind Traveler," Mike Hoenig, University of Iowa
April 14 -- 2 p.m., "Lincoln's Long Journey Home: From Assassination to Interment," Ron Koehn, Retired Teacher, Fulton High School.
April 30 -- "Walt Whitman's Lincoln: A Song of Myself," Brian "Fox" Ellis, Illinois Humanities Council
May 30 -- "Lou Henry Hoover & Her Cross Country Journey," Craig Wright, Herbert Hoover Presidential Library & Museum.
June 26 -- "The Journey of America's First Women Pilots," David Byrnes, Rockford Midway Village, President.
July 9 -- "Crossroads of the Nation: The Hidden History of the Railroads of Illinois," Dr. Simon Cordery, Western Illinois University.
Aug. 29 -- "Abraham Lincoln in Song," Chris Vallillo, Macomb (Gin Ridge Music).
Sept. 30 -- "Franklin Creek Grist Mill: Lincoln Highway Mill," Ellen Baker, Franklin Creek Watermill Volunteer.
Oct. 29 -- Video: "Lincoln and Blackhawk," Jeffrey Chown & Drew VandeCreek, Producers (IHC Documentary).
Nov. 12 -- "The Humor of Abraham Lincoln," Dr. Bill Hampes, Black Hawk College.