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Free historical programs Monday and Wednesday

Published: Friday, March 8, 2013 1:15 a.m. CST

DIXON – Free programs about regional history will be presented Monday and Wednesday in the second-floor conference room at KSB Hospital, 403 E. First St.

The Lee County Genealogical Society will give a presentation at 7 p.m. Monday about Camp Grant, a military camp during World Wars I and II near Rockford.

The grounds of the camp now contain Rockford International Airport, the Camp Grant Museum, and a restaurant. Speaking will be Stan and Yolanda Weisensel of Rockford, who will address the camp's history, and Lester Eckberg of Walnut, who was 18 when he served as an Army private and prisoner of war guard at the camp.

Visit the genealogical society's Family Tree Center at 111 S. Hennepin Ave., or call 815-288-6702, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays and 5 to 8 p.m. Thursdays, for more information.

Dave and "Babe" Brandon, the two remaining citizens of the village of Van Petten in rural Lee County, will speak about the village's history at 7 p.m. Wednesday . The program is organized by the Lee County Historical Society. Call the society's office at 815-284-1134 between 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays, or Saturdays.

Refreshments will be served after both programs. Staff will be in the hospital lobby to direct those attending to the conference room. The room is handicapped-accessible.  

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