Local News and Events

Property Owners and their guests are invited to participate in GTA activities and events. If you have questions or would like to register for an event, please call 815-777-2000 or email Recreation Coordinator Sue Young.

Historical Society announces “History Matters” Winter Programs

The Galena-Jo Daviess County Historical Society will host its annual “History Matters” Winter Program Series at no cost to the public, thanks to the Winter Program Series Premier Sponsor Illinois Bank and Trust. “We are thrilled with this year’s programs and speakers,” Shelby Miller, curator/director, education & outreach. “Some of our lectures touch on important components of our area’s past while others take a broader historical perspective. Great stories and great speakers add up to another season of compelling presentations.”

Regional Baseball History
Sunday, March 17, 3 p.m.,
Galena Middle School, 1230 Franklin St., Galena
Cory Ritterbusch, a recognized local baseball scholar (among many talents), will discuss the colorful history of the early days of regional baseball history. His talk sets the stage for a new museum exhibit scheduled to open in April.

John Kinzie, The Last Silver Man
Sunday, April 7, 3 p.m., The Galena Territory Owners’ Club, 2000 Territory Drive, Galena
In his book, "The Silver Man," Peter Shrake, curator at the Circus Museum in Baraboo, Wis., examines the life and times of John Kinzie, the last Indian Agent in Wisconsin. In his live presentation, Shrake will paint a picture of the life and times of Kinsey, the relationships he built, and the stories in which he was a prime player. (This event also serves as the annual meeting for the Historical Society, which will precede Shrake’s presentation.

For more information contact the Galena-Jo Daviess County Historical Society, 211 S. Bench St., Galena, IL 61036, 815-777-9129, galenahistorymuseum.org.

Looking For Book Donations

The annual Friends of the Galena Library pre-owned book sale will be held at the Crossroads Community Church (formerly the Galena Convention Center) on July 26 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and July 27 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. For members of the Friends of the Library, there will be a sale preview on July 25, from 7 to 9 p.m. The sale is the Friends’ premier fundraising event in support of the library and as past years, thousands of items will be available for purchase. The sale is organized by genre and includes art, audio books, bestsellers, biographies, children’s books, cooking, crafts, mysteries, non-fiction, sports and much more. Donations of gently used books, CDs and DVDs will begin on Friday, Feb. 1. They can be dropped off in the lower level of the Galena Public Library. Business books, children’s activity and coloring books, computer manuals, cookbooks older than 2008, dictionaries, encyclopedias, harlequin romances, law books, magazines, reader’s digests, textbooks older than 2004, theology, travel books older than 2008, VHS and cassette tapes and who’s who books are not accepted. 

Funds raised by the Friends are used to provide items not covered by the Library’s operating budget, such as adults and children’s special programs, large print books, audio books, magazine subscriptions, LitFest sponsorship and the Galena Little Free Libraries. Information on membership in the Friends is at the Galena Library front desk or at galenalibrary.org. The Friends are a nonprofit 501(c)(3), independent organization that was established in 1994, to provide support to the Galena Public Library.

Sinsinawa Mound hosts variety of programs

Sinsinawa Mound will host a number of programs in the next few months. Sinsinawa Mound, the motherhouse for the Sinsinawa Dominican Sisters, is located in southwest Wisconsin on County Road Z, off Highway 11, about five miles northeast of Dubuque.

• Memory Café held the last Thursday of each month, 1-2:30 p.m.; 
• Understanding and Responding to Behavior Changes, April 18, 1-2:30 p.m.;
• Crossing Bridges, a series for people who have mild memory loss or are in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia and a care partner, May 2, 9, 16, and 23, 1-3:30 p.m.; 
• Learning among Friends, the second Thursday of each month beginning June 13, 1-2:30 p.m.; and 
• Is It Time for Facility Care? held Aug. 22, 1-2:30 p.m. 
• End of Life and Dementia, Oct. 24, 1-2:30 p.m.
For more information, contact Coni LaBarbera at 608-748-4411 or visit our website at www.sinsinawa.org/moundcenter.

Art classes
Sinsinawa Art Gallery will feature “Best in Glass: Students and Teacher Collaborate” from Feb. 6 through March 31. Come see new work by glass artist Barb McKinlay and 16 of her students. McKinlay regularly teaches art glass classes at Sinsinawa Mound Center and will be showcasing some of her student’s beautifully designed bowls. McKinlay’s work includes wall hangings from her FACES collection as well as several collections of her tabletop pieces. An opening reception will be held Friday, Feb. 8, 6-8 p.m. For more information, contact Michelle Till at 608-748-4411 or visit our website at www.sinsinawa.org/moundcenter.

Mass commemorates death of Venerable Samuel Mazzuchelli, OP
The annual Mass to commemorate the death of Venerable Samuel Mazzuchelli, OP, will be held at St. Patrick Church, Benton, Wis., at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24. The Mazzuchelli Assembly 4th Degree Knights of Columbus invite everyone to attend and join them for a social in the parish hall afterward. Father Mazzuchelli died in the house near the church Feb. 23, 1864, and is buried in the parish cemetery. The house is open for tours during warm-weather months. Father Mazzuchelli began his ministry in the 1830s with Native Peoples of the upper Midwest, providing education and attempting to right the injustices they faced. Later he traveled farther west to serve the new immigrants while founding parish communities, building schools and churches, serving in civic as well as religious affairs, and establishing the congregation of Dominican Sisters of Sinsinawa who continue his mission of Gospel service. This is the 155th anniversary of Father Mazzuchelli’s death.

UD Musicians perform at Sinsinawa
University of Dubuque musicians will hold a concert at Sinsinawa Mound Tuesday, Feb. 26, at 7 p.m. The Joy of Music will feature a variety of musical styles and repertoire performed by organist Dr. Charles Barland, professor of music at the University of Dubuque (UD), and the UD Concert Choir and Chamber Singers under the direction of Professor Kristen Eby. A freewill offering will be accepted.

Intelligent Trees, March 2

As you drive around The Territory, or maybe into your own driveway, you can’t help but be struck with the beauty and wonder of trees. Many of the giant oaks in my yard are more than 200 years old, and yet in oak-tree time, they could be considered middle aged. The oldest known, currently living tree on the planet is more than 5,000 years old! And as every child is amazed to learn, a major part of a tree’s life takes place underground, in a massive array of roots that can extend two to four times the diameter of its crown.

But new research is leading some to assert that roots are more than an anchor or a pipeline, but rather are the “brains of the forests.” This is the hypothesis of the short film, “Intelligent Trees,” featuring German forester Peter Wohlleben, and based on his internationally best-selling book, “The Hidden Life of Trees.”

The Jo Daviess Conservation Foundation (JDCF) invites you to a showing of “Intelligent Trees” on Saturday, March 2, at the GTA Owners’ Club Social Hall.

Since the mid-19th century, scientists have known that tree roots have interactions with the fungi which surround and penetrate them. In 1885, a German Botanist by the name of Albert Bernhard Frank, who was trying to cultivate truffles (mushrooms are the “flowers” of fungi), coined the term mycorrhizae to describe root/fungi symbiosis. Here’s what happens: the tree captures energy from the sun and supplies it to the fungus, which in turn supplies water and mineral nutrients from the soil to the tree. Fossils contain evidence that early land plants formed these root/fungi associations, and they are believed to exist in 95 percent of all plants today.

Wohlleben and others, however, assert that mycorrhizae are much more significant. They say new research indicates that mycorrhizae link entire communities of trees in a “wood wide web” which allows trees to support each other with food and disease-fighting nutrients. And further, they claim trees can “warn” each other of “dangers”. And most amazingly (and controversially), they say trees can be selective about which other trees they support and which they ignore   a preferential sharing and protection they say “starts to look like a family.”

Following the 40-minute film, botanist, ecologist and natural areas surveyor Randy Nyboer will discuss further scientific perspective on material presented in the movie and lead an audience Q&A session.
Doors will open at 6 p.m. The film will begin at 7 p.m. Complimentary popcorn and beer will be provided, as long as supplies last. This event is free to attend, RSVP’s are not necessary, but seating may be limited, and will be first come, first served.

Master Gardeners class begins March 16

The Jo Daviess County Extension Staff along with the Jo Daviess County Master Gardeners are planning their annual Spring Break Gardening Day. This year the event is being held on Saturday, March 16 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. The event is being held at the CTE Academy, 950 US HWY 20 W. Elizabeth. There will be a $20 registration fee that will include refreshments, lunch and handouts. Also, please be aware that if you choose to participate in the Hypertufa Pot or Rain Barrel breakout sessions there will be an additional fee associated with each of them to cover materials that you will go home with. For more information or to register for this program please visit us online at go.illinois.edu/jsw or call us at 815-858-2273. 

This year the keynote address will be given by Peggy Doty, University of Illinois Extension Energy and Environmental Stewardship Educator on The People and Nature Perspective. Peggy Doty specializes in environmental education as a means to relate wildlife related issues and water quality to all ages. She holds a B.S. in Zoology with a specialization in wildlife management. She also holds a M.S. in Education with a specialization in Outdoor Teacher Education in Curriculum and Instruction. Peggy is especially interested in human reactions and relationships to wildlife who have adapted to urban environments. Peggy has been teaching environmental education for over 20 years and is passionate in regards to teaching children about their environment and helping people understand wildlife as it relates to their lives.

There will also be a silent auction taking place. Bidding will open at 8:30 a.m. and will close at 2:05 p.m.. Silent auction items will include a monarch house, a bat house, plant stands, handmade duck and turtle decoys, a hypertufa pot and much more.

For specific details on what the breakout sessions will cover please visit go.illinois.edu/jsw or call 815-858-2273.

Spring Break Gardening, March 16

The Jo Daviess County Extension Staff along with the Jo Daviess County Master Gardeners are busy planning their annual Spring Break Gardening Day. This year the event is being held on Saturday, March 16, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. with registration beginning at 8:30 a.m. The event is being held at the CTE Academy, 950 US HWY 20 W. Elizabeth. There will be a $20 registration fee that will include refreshments, lunch and handouts. Also, please be aware that if you choose to participate in the Hypertufa Pot or Rain Barrel breakout sessions there will be an additional fee associated with each of them to cover materials that you will go home with.

This year the keynote address will be given by Peggy Doty, University of Illinois Extension Energy and Environmental Stewardship Educator on The People and Nature Perspective. Peggy Doty specializes in environmental education as a means to relate wildlife related issues and water quality to all ages.  She holds a B.S. in Zoology with a specialization in wildlife management.  She also holds a M.S. in Education with a specialization in Outdoor Teacher Education in Curriculum and Instruction. Peggy is especially interested in human reactions and relationships to wildlife who have adapted to urban environments. Peggy has been teaching environmental education for over 20 years and is passionate in regards to teaching children about their environment and helping people understand wildlife as it relates to their lives.

Following the keynote address there will be several breakout sessions on topics that include: Construction and Maintenance of Rain Barrels, Composting in the Home Garden, Hypertufa Pots, The Backyard Orchard, Seed Saving and Seed Starting and Holistic Approach to Healthy Soils. Go.illinois.edu/jsw or call us  at 815-858-2273.

Hello Galena! 

You'll be greeted by our local Galena artists and find original art, handmade artwork and crafts that make the perfect gifts including—paintings, baskets, stained glass, hand-knit items, Galena history books, pottery, cards, music, toys, jewelry and much more! Hello Galena! is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization made up of more than 65 local artists. Their artwork and signature gift items are displayed at 121 N. Commerce St., Galena, Ill. Artists staff the art-only shop hours of operation from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through Monday. The shop is open on Tuesday and Wednesday by chance from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information, including a map and directions to the store, call 815-777-1448 during shop hours.

AART Drive, First weekend each month

All River Road Talent (AART) a collection of the Tri-State region's top artists. Enjoy refreshments while viewing art, watching demonstrations and meeting the people who make it happen.
Apple River Fort open year round
On June 24, 1832 a small company of Illinois militia (some 30 men and boys) and their families (an additional 40-odd women and children) successfully defended a small civilian-built fort against 200 warriors led by the great Sac tribal leader known as Black Hawk. Today Apple River Fort State Historic Site, a Black Hawk War landmark, includes both an interpretive center and a reconstruction of the long-vanished fort, completed in 1997 and modeled upon findings of a 1995 archaeological dig. Because of its archaeological and historic significance, the site is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Apple River Fort is a family-friendly historic site, open Wednesday through Sunday year round. The site interpretive center features knowledgeable staff, a variety of exhibits and showings of a brief dramatic video depicting the attack on Apple River Fort and other events of the 1832 Black Hawk War. The fort itself is open for self-guided tours.
On weekends from May 1 through Oct. 31, the fort comes to life through ongoing living history activities and special events that present stories both of the settlers within its walls and of the attacking Sac and Meskwaki without. Through demonstrations, hands-on activities and conversation, interpreters garbed in 1830s-style dress create a visitor experience that is historically accurate, engaging, educational, entertaining and most of all, memorable. Apple River Fort State Historic Site is located off U.S. 20 at 311 E. Myrtle St. in Elizabeth, Ill. Hours from Nov. 1 through April 30 are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday. For further information call 815-858-2028 or visit http://appleriverfort.org.
  Clothing featuring The Galena Territory logo now for sale
The Galena Territory Association has clothing with The Galena Territory logo on it for sale. The clothing includes polo shirts, windbreakers and zip-up sweatshirts. All are available for purchase at the Owners’ Club or to order online CLICK HERE.
 
Open House Dates First and third Saturday 
June through October
June through October 10 a.m. until noon p.m. Belden School was built in 1859.The stone structure is located off Heatherdowns Lane in The Galena Territory. The Belden School Restoration Committee was formed in 2004 by a group of Territory residents. Active efforts, using funds contributed from many interested and generous people, resulted in the restoration of the building. The committee provides tours and special events at the school on the first and third Saturdays June through October. Belden School website