Cantigny Park In Wheaton, IL Celebrates Black History Month, Famed Historian On Tap

On February 12th noted local historian and author Glennette Tilley Turner explored the history of the Underground Railroad in Illinois at Cantigny Park. She is pictured here with her husband after the presentation.

Wheaton, Ill., — Cantigny Park marked Black History Month with three fascinating and free-to-attend presentations at the Robert R. McCormick Museum in Cantigny Park, 1s151 Winfield Road, Wheaton, IL:

“Joseph Medill: Cantigny’s Abolitionist” Interpretation Manager Jeffrey Anderson presents the intriguing story of Joseph Medill, a Civil War-era newspaper publisher, vocal slavery abolitionist, original Cantigny Park inhabitant and grandfather of Robert R. McCormick. The program is geared to adult audiences.

“The Underground Railroad in Illinois” Local historian and author Glennette Tilley Turner explores the history of the Underground Railroad in Illinois and its presence in Chicago’s western suburbs. The program is geared to adult audiences.

“Harriet Tubman” Living-history actress and scholar Pamela Welcome presents Harriet Tubman, the famous Underground Railroad ‘conductor’ who led hundreds of slaves to freedom. The program is ideal for families and children ages 10 and up. All three presentations are free to attend but advance registration is required. To reserve your place, call 630.260.8162 or email

About Cantigny Park

Cantigny Park is open Friday through Sunday in February, from 9 am to 4:30 pm. The park resumes seven-day operations on March 1. Parking is $5. Cantigny Park, part of the Chicago-based Robert R. McCormick Foundation, is the 500-acre Wheaton estate of Robert R. McCormick (1880-1955), long-time editor and publisher of the Chicago Tribune. It is home to the McCormick Museum, First Division Museum (closed for renovation until late summer 2017), formal gardens, picnic grounds, walking trails and a Visitor Center with banquet and dining facilities. More information, including hours, directions and upcoming events is online at Cantigny Golf, adjacent to the park, features a 27-hole championship golf course, full-service clubhouse, Cantigny Golf Academy and the 9-hole Cantigny Youth Links. For more information, visit

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