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Regional historian to speak Wednesday

Published: Monday, Feb. 18, 2013 11:33 a.m. CDT

The Kirkland Historical Society will hold a meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Kirkland Olson Chapel, 309 S. Fifth St. Longtime regional historian Terry Dyer will be the guest speaker.

The presentation will focus on Rockford’s Camp Grant, a U.S. Army base named for Civil War general Ulysses S. Grant that was in operation from 1917 to 1946.

Dyer is a lifelong resident of northern Illinois. He became interested in history at an early age, especially regional history. He has written several articles and given many lectures on the history of northern Illinois during the Civil War, Theodore Roosevelt and the history of Camp Grant.

The knowledge that his great-great-uncle served in the 12th Illinois Cavalry in that war spurred his interest. He is close to finishing a book on Camp Grant and serves as tour guide and historian of Rockford’s Memorial Hall.

Refreshments will be served. All are welcome.

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