Illinois History Conference Includes Cremin on Prison Panel

Conference on Illinois History Includes Cremin on Joliet Prison Panel

Published: October 13, 2016.

(L to R) Gregory T. Peerbolte, Pamela J. Owens and
Dr. Dennis H. Cremin

The Conference on Illinois History in Springfield, Ill., included a panel discussion by Dr. Dennis H. Cremin, professor of history, Pamela J. Owens of the National Trust for Historic Preservation's Gaylord Building and Gregory T. Peerbolte, director of the Joliet Area Historical Museum.

On Oct. 6, the three experts presented “The Old Joliet Penitentiary: From Prison to Vision.” They discussed the history of the Old Joliet Prison, perspectives on historic preservation advocacy and models for future use of the prison.

“This was a great opportunity to share information with the larger scholarly community,” said Cremin. They also met with members of the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency.

The Lewis University History Center plans to continue the discussion on the Old Joliet Prison with a lecture by Dr. Robert Sterling. “Bars and Stripes: The Old Joliet Prison” will begin at 11 a.m. Oct. 27 on Lewis University’s Romeoville Campus.

Sterling will also conduct a book signing at the Gaylord Building on the same day at 5:30 p.m.

The evening event is part of the opening of a new exhibit “Unlocking the Past: From Prison to Vision.” The exhibit will be on view at the Gaylord Building Historic Site, 200 West 8th Street, Lockport, Ill. Each of these events are free and open to the public. If you are interesting in attending the lecture, please contact Lisa Heizer at either (815) 836-5545 or by October 24, 2016. Visit for information on the book signing and exhibit.

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