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Amelia Earhart, A First Person Portrayal

map-buttonSavanna Museum and Cultural Center
406 Main Street
Savanna, Illinois 61074


Sunday, March 9th at 2pm the Savanna Museum and Cultural Center will present Amelia Earhart, A First Person Portrayal by well-known historian, Leslie Goddard. Admission is free but all donations go toward the ongoing renovation of the museum.

History comes alive in the talented hands of historian Leslie Goddard who tells fascinating stories and creates vivid portraits of some of history’s most memorable women.

American aviator Amelia Earhart’s courageous exploits and spirited personality made her an international celebrity. Her dazzling achievements include becoming the first woman to cross the Atlantic ocean by airplane (1928) and the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic (1932). She set numerous speed and altitude records before disappearing mysteriously in 1937 during an attempted around-the-world flight. This program reviews her upbringing, the records she broke, and her tireless work to promote opportunities for women.

Leslie Goddard has been presenting history lectures and performing first-person programs in the Chicago area for more than ten years. She holds a Ph.D. from Northwestern University specializing in American studies and U.S. history, as well as master’s degrees in theater and in museum studies. Her nationally-recognized programs have been presented for Illinois Humanities Council sites, Chicago’s Navy Pier, WBEZ-Chicago Amplified, Questers International, the Victorian Society in America, and scores of schools, universities, retirement centers, libraries, historical societies, businesses, conferences, and fund-raisers.


The communities of Carroll County feature a wide variety of exciting attractions. Whether you enjoy antiques, art, culture, history, heritage, museums, outdoor activities, theater, or shopping, Carroll County has what you need for an Illinois weekend getaway vacation. So bring your curiosity and cruise on into Carroll County to enjoy the interesting things in life!

History & Heritage

A working model of early Savanna and its’ railroads, at the Savanna Museum & Cultural Center


Campbell Center for Historic Preservation Studies
203 East Seminary Street
Mount Carroll, Illinois 61053

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Fourteen-acre campus listed on National Register for Historic Places.  Three to five day courses on collections care and conservation.

map-buttonCounty Courthouse
301 North Main Street
Mount Carroll, Illinois 61053

Carroll County History

The northernmost and oldest section of the current courthouse built in 1843. Listed on the National Register for Historic Places.

Downtown Mount Carroll, National Register Historic District

Visit Mount Carroll’s Historic District. More than 30 different historic sites.

Monument Park
Main Street
Savanna, Illinois 61074

This small area describing early settlement in Savanna hosts the monument commemorating the Aaron Pierce family, the first settlers of Savanna.

Oakville Complex
Timberlake Road
Mount Carroll, Illinois 61053

Carroll County Historical Society – Oakville Complex

Consists of an 1888 schoolhouse, two log cabins, a blacksmith shop and granary. Located between Oakville Cemetery and Oakville Country Club. Open by appointment.

map-buttonOwen P. Miles Museum
107 West Broadway
Mount Carroll, Illinois 61053

1873 Italianate home depicts 1800s life.  Call for seasonal hours.

map-buttonSavanna Museum and Cultural Center
406 Main Street
Savanna, Illinois 61074

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Over 80 mannequins in authentic Civil War uniforms, native son & famous big-band musician Wayne King memorabilia, and an active railroad model of early Savanna.  Call Ann at the number above for more information, to check hours, and/or to schedule a visit.

map-buttonSavanna Train Car Museum
25 Main Street
Savanna, Illinois 61074

Open May through October, Sunday 10:00 – 3:00, Thursday 12:00 – 4:00, Friday and Saturday 11:00 – 4:00.

map-buttonSoldiers & Sailors Monument & Annex
301 North Main Street
Mount Carroll, Illinois 61053

Monument by Lorado Taft dedicated in 1891 to commemorate the 1284 Carroll County men who lost their lives in the Civil War.

map-buttonThomson Depot Museum
907 Main Street
Thomson, Illinois 61285

Built in the late 1800s. Exhibits, old photographs, newspapers, land grants, railroad memorabilia, furniture & clothing.