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01/24/20 07:35 AM #139    

 

Diana M Maul (Halstead)

When listing your junior high on the class website, can you please add it to your Profile? On the left menu of items check: Edit Profile and you can add it to "comments" or "school story" :)


01/24/20 12:14 PM #140    

 

Donna F Taylor (Vincent)

West----west is best 


01/29/20 11:45 PM #141    

 

Diana M Maul (Halstead)

😭🏌️‍♂️NO GOLF 🏌️‍♂️😭
Not one golfer has yet to contact George Depper about the golf outing. If there is no interest, cool. BUT, if you want to sign up, PLEASE CONTACT GEORGE.
George Depper
618-531-0543
SGDepper@hotmail.com

01/30/20 07:53 AM #142    

 

George D Depper

Diana, i had some contacts in the past few days!  For those with questions, call me, 618-531-0543, email is SGDepper@hotmail.com.  Its not a tournament, just an outing to tell stories about the past with golf sprinkled in.  You get to pair up with who you want to play with.

 

George Dennis Depper


01/31/20 11:25 PM #143    

 

Diana M Maul (Halstead)

‼️Reunion In 6 Months ‼️
Be There...or...Be Square
 

02/06/20 08:49 AM #144    

 

Diana M Maul (Halstead)

Reunion Registration Deadline - March 1st
Really and truly, we want to see everyone at the reunion; really. If you need an extension to submit your registration prior to March 1st, will you please text or call me? Diana 904-487-8485
 

02/14/20 03:20 PM #145    

 

Diana M Maul (Halstead)

Class Tour

If you would like to organize a class tour for those interested, pleae let me know (904-487-8485). This looks like a great time to learn about how important Alton was in the Underground Railroad days.

Underground Rail Tours in Alton Begin With Series of Two-Hour Guided Shuttle Tours

ALTON - Take a journey on the infamous Underground Railroad in Alton during a series of two-hour guided shuttle tours scheduled throughout the spring and sponsored by the Great Rivers & Routes Tourism Bureau. The first tour of the season will be held Saturday, Feb. 29.

Seats are available for the 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 29 Underground Railroad Tours which will feature renowned Underground Railroad historian J.E. Robinson. The shuttle tours begin at the Alton Visitors Center, 200 Piasa St. Tickets are $25 per person. To purchase tickets by phone, please call the Tourism Bureau at 618-465-6676 or 1-800-258-6645. Tickets may also be purchased online at www.visitalton.com/shuttle. Advance ticket purchase is suggested due to the popular nature of these tours.

Mr. Robinson will be the conductor on these journeys taking visitors to sites scattered throughout Alton and Godfrey where escaped slaves took refuge as they worked their way to freedom over 150 years ago. While there were no railroad tracks or trains present on the Underground Railroad, the effort to find freedom from slavery resulted in a series of deliberate and organized safe places for those escaping bondage. Located in the free state of Illinois, Alton’s riverfront location along the Mighty Mississippi played a vital role in helping slaves make connections to freedom in the northern U.S. Scattered throughout Alton and surrounding areas, remnants of this period in history still exist.

New Bethel-Rocky Fork AME Church, which is located in Godfrey, originated before the Civil War when free people and slaves crossed the Mississippi River to begin life in Illinois, which was a free state. According to the National Park Service, as early as 1816, Rocky Fork Church was one of the first Free State stops for slaves escaping Missouri. In the 1830s, a more organized Underground Railroad route was established through the African Methodist Episcopal Church. This area continued to serve as both a way stop and escape community after the Missouri Emancipation Proclamation of 1865.

Alton’s Union Baptist Church is one of the oldest Black churches in Illinois. It was populated by free Blacks and organized in 1836. John Anderson, Union Baptist’s founding pastor, was Alton abolitionist newspaper editor Elijah P. Lovejoy’s pressman prior to Lovejoy’s death in 1837 by an anti-abolitionist mob.

Additional Underground Railroad Shuttle Tours are scheduled for March 28, April 25, May 30, June 27, Sept. 26 and Oct. 24. For more information on the Underground Railroad shuttle tours or to make advance registrations, please contact the Great Rivers & Routes Tourism Bureau at (800) 258-6645 or go to www.RiversandRoutes.com.


02/15/20 10:22 AM #146    

Karen L Belcher (Gelbard)

I would be interested in this tour. Karen Gelbard 503-965-6263


02/16/20 09:24 PM #147    

 

Diana M Maul (Halstead)

Underground Railroad Tour
Before we book...we need to know how many would like to take the Underground Railroad Tour, Saturday, August 1st.
Either post your response (not like) on the Facebook post or send me a private message or email if you would like to go on this tour, Saturday, August 1st.
No promises. Once we have a number, I will get pricing and availability.

ALTON - Take a journey on the infamous Underground Railroad in Alton during a series of two-hour guided shuttle tours scheduled throughout the spring and sponsored by the Great Rivers & Routes Tourism Bureau. The first tour of the season will be held Saturday, Feb. 29.

Seats are available for the 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 29 Underground Railroad Tours which will feature renowned Underground Railroad historian J.E. Robinson. The shuttle tours begin at the Alton Visitors Center, 200 Piasa St. Tickets are $25 per person. To purchase tickets by phone, please call the Tourism Bureau at 618-465-6676 or 1-800-258-6645. Tickets may also be purchased online at www.visitalton.com/shuttle. Advance ticket purchase is suggested due to the popular nature of these tours.

Mr. Robinson will be the conductor on these journeys taking visitors to sites scattered throughout Alton and Godfrey where escaped slaves took refuge as they worked their way to freedom over 150 years ago. While there were no railroad tracks or trains present on the Underground Railroad, the effort to find freedom from slavery resulted in a series of deliberate and organized safe places for those escaping bondage. Located in the free state of Illinois, Alton’s riverfront location along the Mighty Mississippi played a vital role in helping slaves make connections to freedom in the northern U.S. Scattered throughout Alton and surrounding areas, remnants of this period in history still exist.

New Bethel-Rocky Fork AME Church, which is located in Godfrey, originated before the Civil War when free people and slaves crossed the Mississippi River to begin life in Illinois, which was a free state. According to the National Park Service, as early as 1816, Rocky Fork Church was one of the first Free State stops for slaves escaping Missouri. In the 1830s, a more organized Underground Railroad route was established through the African Methodist Episcopal Church. This area continued to serve as both a way stop and escape community after the Missouri Emancipation Proclamation of 1865.

Alton’s Union Baptist Church is one of the oldest Black churches in Illinois. It was populated by free Blacks and organized in 1836. John Anderson, Union Baptist’s founding pastor, was Alton abolitionist newspaper editor Elijah P. Lovejoy’s pressman prior to Lovejoy’s death in 1837 by an anti-abolitionist mob.

Additional Underground Railroad Shuttle Tours are scheduled for March 28, April 25, May 30, June 27, Sept. 26 and Oct. 24. For more information on the Underground Railroad shuttle tours or to make advance registrations, please contact the Great Rivers & Routes Tourism Bureau at (800) 258-6645 or go to www.RiversandRoutes.com.


02/17/20 10:03 AM #148    

Susan M Kaar (Trainor)

I would also be interested in the Underground Railroad tour.  


02/17/20 10:57 AM #149    

 

Deborah A Blair (Knupp)

I, too, would be interested in this tour. Sounds intriguing!

02/17/20 09:36 PM #150    

Martha M Lewis (Drohobyczer)

I would like to go.  Martha Lewis (Drohobyczer)


02/17/20 11:17 PM #151    

 

Diana M Maul (Halstead)

Underground Railroad Tour

Since tours are not offered during the summer because of the heat and problems keeping the buses cool, we are trying to work with the actual tour guide to see if we can rent a bus and have him guide our tour. As we have developments, we will keep everyone advised. This would mean the tour cost would be over and above the $25 tour fee...just so you are aware. ~D

 

 

 


02/18/20 12:01 PM #152    

 

Michael P Ivester

MyyY WIFE AND I WOULD DEFINITELY BE INTERESTED IN THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD TOUR IF THAT BECOMES A REALITY.


02/18/20 12:05 PM #153    

 

Michael P Ivester

RECENT PHOTO OF ALL THE BLACK BELTS IN MY TAEKWONDO SCHOOL.


02/18/20 01:52 PM #154    

 

Diana M Maul (Halstead)

🚌🚎UNDERGROUND RAILROAD TOUR IS "ON" 🚎🚌
We have worked a deal directly with the tour guide and have arranged for a bus/vehicle and the tour guide's services to take us on the Underground Railroad Tour...same as the sold out tours going on now for THE GREAT AHS 50th CLASS REUNION August 1st!
Tour is 2 hours in length and, as with most Underground Railroad sites in America, they were and still are private homes, so you will view the exteriors, primarily. But our guide will tell us the details about each site. Our stops will include the historic Union Baptist Church and the Lovejoy Monument. To provide a context for considering the Underground Railroad, we include discussions of Alton's pre-Civil War history and of slavery's role in the region's economy.
Tour Date: August 1st
Tour Time: 8:00AM
Tour Duration: 2 hours
Maximum guests: 20
Deadline to register for tour: April 1
Fee per person: $30
Questions: Call, text or message me (see below)
DO NOT - DO NOT - DO NOT post a message here about the tour. Please go to my profile on this site: Diana Maul (Halstead) and send me a PRIVATE message or email me at Diana@DianaHalstead.com or text me. If you text me, tell me who you are since I do not have everyone's phone number...yet. My phone number is: 904-487-8485
NOTE: Barry must receive your payment in full for the tour on or before April 1st. There is no registration form. Simply send Barry Wittels a check that says Underground Railroad Tour in the memo section.
You may register for yourself and your spouse/partner/friend.
First come, first on the bus. We will have a wait-list.
📌Mail checks payable to:
Alton Senior High School Class of 1970
Barry Wittels
2302 East Poinsettia Dr
Phoenix, AZ 85028
(please forgive the odd use of space...I am not a fan of or know how to create smaller paragraphs)

02/23/20 11:31 AM #155    

 

Diana M Maul (Halstead)

‼️ AHS 50th Class Reunion ‼️
Registation for our 50th Class Reunion is UnderWay
Barry is receiving registrations right and left now, and we should have an awesome reunion. Truly, we hope you can all come and join in the fun! ~❤️~
Register BEFORE March 1st
$35 per person - reunion
$20 per person - mixer
 
Register AFTER March 1st
$45 per person - reunion
$30 per person - mixer
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Mail checks to:
AHS Class of '70
Attn: Barry Wittels
2302 East Poinsettia Drive
Phoenix, AZ 85028
Questions:
Call, text or email:
Diana (Maul) Halstead
904-487-8485
Diana@DianaHalstead.com


02/27/20 09:59 PM #156    

 

Diana M Maul (Halstead)

How are you doing? Ready for a Great Reunion?
Are you able to get your registrations in by March 1st, or at least mailed by March 1st?
Please, let me know if you need more time. We want everyone possible to attend.
(This is the deadline for the reduced price. Deadline for sending in the registration, but for a higher cost is July 31st).
 

02/28/20 09:48 AM #157    

 

Carol A Gibson (Finley)

Just posted some old photos from the 40th reunion in 2010 on the Reunion Photos page.


03/03/20 08:22 PM #158    

 

Diana M Maul (Halstead)

‼️ Reunion Announcemet ‼️
As of today's mail, Barry tells me we have 175 registered for our class reunion. Venue capacity is 225.
If you were waiting to send in your registration, don't.
Questions:
Email, text, message or call me
Diana Maul Halstead
904-487-8485
Diana@DianaHalstead.com

03/08/20 11:11 PM #159    

 

George D Depper

For those interested in the golf outing at Spencer T Olin golf course on Saturday, August 1st, I have a neeting thursday with the course to learn about starting time and cost.  Stay tuned.  PS, theres still time to get in on the fun.  If interested, sent me a note at SGDepper@hotmail.com.

George Dennis Depper


03/15/20 06:34 PM #160    

 

George D Depper

Ok, here is the info for the AHS Class of 1970 50th Year Graduation Golf Outing!

The event is set for Saturday, August 1, 2020 at Spencer T. Olin Golf Course, an Arnold Palmer Design, located in Gordon Moore Park on Route 140 east of Alton, but in the Alton City Limits.

We have two tee time options.

Option one, a Reverse Shotgun would alow all of us to tee off at 8 am and finish about the same time, giving us some "rememberance time" in the club house as well as exra time to return back home, hotel or where ever, toe prepare for the evening activities.  However the Reverse Shotgun style would limit us to 24 golfers.

Option two, individual tee times with intervals of eight minutes each starting at 11 am.  The downside of this would be not finishing until 3:30 PM or later, no time after and little time to get ready for the nights events.  There would be no limit of golfers for option two.

Either way, the cost would be $51.95 per person.  Spouses are welcome to play and/or ride along.

Deadline for letting me know is July 1, 2020.

Thus far, seven people have expressed interest in playing.

If you would like additional information about the course go to their website, spencertolingolf.com.

As always, questions, comments or concerns, SGDepper@hotmail.com

 

 


03/22/20 05:13 PM #161    

 

Diana M Maul (Halstead)

🎊🎉🎈The Back-up Plan Reunion is ON! 🎈🎊🎉
Yes, we have been tracking this horrid virus. Our United States should clear of it come June or July, and we will be able to celebrate in Alton High Style.
This reunion is going to be remembered as "The Back-up Plan Runion" for all the right reasons. And, in true Back-up Plan style...we do have a back-up plan, should the need arise.
ANY and all questions, please email, text, message or call ME.
Diana Maul Halstead
904-487-8485
Diana@DianaHalstead.com

03/25/20 12:11 PM #162    

 

Steve F Finley

Sorry y'all can't make it to the reunion. I do understand your position in keeping things as planned so as not to lose reserved venues. But..

AREN'T YOU LIVIN'IN SOME KIND OF DREAM WORLD?! I heard that there just might be a little very contagious virus going on. I mean, if the Olympics have been canceled for July!

Penny for your thought?

03/26/20 10:17 AM #163    

Gary L Hermes

You go gurl!

 


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