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Lunch and Learn series offered at Colonel Palmer House

Published: Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013 10:40 p.m. CDT

CRYSTAL LAKE – A new “Lunch and Learn” series of programs will come to the Colonel Palmer House this fall on selected Fridays in September and October.

Laurel Mellien, a local historian and Crystal Lake Historical Society board member, kicks off the series with a look at photographic memorials from noon to 1:30 p.m. Friday.

Placing a photographic memorial on cemetery markers is an old tradition that started soon after the invention of photography. The Chicago area is a treasure trove of these headstones with photographs attached. This program includes examples from different religious and ethnic groups that use them.

Other scheduled programs for the series:

• Sept. 20: Nancy Fike uncovers the mysteries behind the evolution of “Domestic Science.” 

• Oct. 11: Diana Kenney “Traces our History through Postcards.”

• Oct. 18: Craig Pfannkuche reveals the secrets to “Digging Grandma’s Privy.”

The cost, which includes a boxed lunch, is $10 a program for Crystal Lake Park District residents and $15 for nonresidents.

Register online at

The historic home is at 660 E. Terra Cotta Ave in Crystal Lake.  

For information, call Mary Ott at 815-477-5873 or email

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