JCHS Program: It was a crime to be German

July 2, 2019

The Jefferson County Historical Society will present a program entitled “It was a crime to be German” at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 6 in the Schweinfurth Museum at the Historical Village.

Historical actor Barbara Kay will portray her great-grandmother, Margaret May, a resident of southern Illinois who saw and felt anti-German hysteria a century ago. She will illustrate her presentation with photographs, newspaper headlines, and editorial cartoons of the time. Through her first-person, costumed portrayal, she will bring the struggles of World War I-era German Illinoisans to life and will engage audiences with questions and discussion. Barbara Kay taught history at Highland High School in southwestern Illinois for 30 years and has also taught at schools in Missouri and Germany. Over the past two decades, she has portrayed more than a dozen women from American history.

This program is provided free of charge, donations are appreciated. The Jefferson County Historical Village is located at 1411 North 27th Street in Mt. Vernon. For more information contact the Historical Society office at 618-246-0033.

Pictured is historical actor Barbara Kay