Although memberships are welcome any time of the year, January is the best time to join the Madison County Historical Society because membership is based on the calendar year.
The public is invited to support the work of preserving Madison County’s history by joining the organization in 2016 at one of its many membership levels. In June, the Madison County Historical Society will celebrate its centennial.
Members receive six newsletters annually, each containing a 5- to 9-page history that illustrates and describes an aspect of Madison County history. The November issue profiled three individuals from Madison County who were famous in their lifetime but largely are forgotten today. The topic for the January issue is the history of the state’s first penitentiary, which later became the Civil War Military Prison at Alton. Members also receive personal invitations to various programs throughout the year.
The society encourages anyone with an interest in history to consider membership. Membership gift certificates are available on request. A short membership application is located on the society’s website, www.madcohistory.org, and at the Madison County Historical Museum or Archival Library, 715 N. Main St. in Edwardsville. For information, call (618) 656-7569.