Photo courtesy of Wikipedia, author J Clear
The Melvin Price Locks and Dam as seen from St. Charles County, Mo.
EAST ALTON — Tickets are available for the Madison County Historical Society’s annual Dining in History event on Sunday, Nov. 2, at the Melvin Price Locks and Dam.
The event this year will focus on the Mississippi River’s role in shaping Madison County history.
Guests begin the evening with a tour of the lock and dam, followed by cocktails and dining in the National Great Rivers Museum gallery. Alton historian Mary Ann Warmack will present a program on the history of the river following a meal of Southern comfort foods that might have been expected in a river city in years past. The meal is being catered by Mac’s Restaurant of Alton.
Warmack is a professional tour guide well-versed in local history. She is also a past director of the Alton Museum of History and Art and an experienced lecturer. Her subject, the Mississippi River in Madison County, is one of the country’s three largest watersheds, containing the waters of the Mississippi, the Missouri and the Illinois rivers. The river, as a means of transportation, brought European settlement and commerce to Madison County in the early years.
Tickets can be purchased in person at the Madison County Archival Library in Edwardsville, ordered by phone with a credit card, or through the mail by check payable to MCHS. Tickets are $30 for members of MCHS or $35 for non-members. Additional information and an order form can be found on the society’s website (www.madcohistory.org) as well as on the Madison County Historical Society’s Facebook page.
Regular hours for the MCHS Museum and Archival Library are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and 1 to 4 p.m. Sundays. The facilities are located at 715 N. Main St. in Edwardsville and are free and open to the public. For information, call (618) 656-7569.