Lewis University student leads free Lockport walking tours

Lewis University student leads free Lockport walking tours

Published: June 11, 2013.

(Left to right) Lewis University students Greg Rossbach,
Tom Sharwarko and Mary Moran assist at the Joliet Historical Museum.

Lewis University History major Mary Moran will be guiding walking tours as an intern at The Gaylord Building, a site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The free, one-hour tours are scheduled on Thursdays evenings: July 18, August 1 and August 15 and Saturday mornings: June 29, July 13, July 27 and August 10. The tours will focus on the historic preservation efforts in Lockport and the history of the Illinois and Michigan Canal.

“Moran is a junior who has gained hands-on experiences through the Public History track at Lewis University. She has emerged as a leader and has been learning a great deal about local history. This is a great opportunity to apply what she has learned” Dennis H. Cremin, professor of history and director of the Lewis University History Center, said.

Moran added, “I have been learning so much in courses such as the History of Illinois and Public History. I plan to draw on this work and provide insight into the historic preservation and the I&M Canal. I am really looking forward to guiding these tours and working closely with the staff at The Gaylord Building.”

The tours are free and open to the public. Pre-registration is appreciated. For more information on the public programs of The Gaylord Building, visit www.gaylordbuilding.org. To register for the walking tours, please call (815) 838-9400.

Lewis University is a Catholic university in the Lasallian tradition offering distinctive undergraduate and graduate programs to more than 6,500 traditional and adult students. Lewis offers multiple campus locations, online degree programs, and a variety of formats that provide accessibility and convenience to a growing student population. Sponsored by the De La Salle Christian Brothers, Lewis prepares intellectually engaged, ethically grounded, globally connected, and socially responsible graduates. The seventh largest private not-for-profit university in Illinois, Lewis has been nationally recognized by The Princeton Review and U.S. News & World Report.

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