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Monticello History with Author Maureen Holtz

10 am Thursday, June 27, on Focus


Two men stand in front of the Pepin Syrup Company in the 1920s. Courtesy of Maureen Holtz and the Piatt County Historical and Genealogical Society

We’ll take a look into history through the lens of a camera. Maureen Holtz, author of the new book “Images of America: Monticello” joins us to talk about some of the things that make Monticello’s history so rich. We’ll talk with her about the Pepsin Syrup Company that earned the town the title “patent medicine capital of the world,” and how she went about compiling the town’s history dating back to the 1800’ in authentic photos.

Then during the second half of the hour, Dannel McCollum, former mayor of Champaign and author of “Remembering Champaign County,” joins us. We’ll talk with him about March Madness on campus at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Benjamin Franklin Harris, entrepreneur extraordinaire. Host Jim Meadows also talks with McCollum about the county’s first convicted murderer who was defended by Abraham Lincoln.