Summer Speaker Series

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The Belleville Historical Society is excited to partner with the Southwestern Illinois College Programs and Services for Older Persons (PSOP) for the inaugural season of its Summer Speaker Series. Our historian, Bob Brunkow, has thoroughly researched three topics in Belleville’s history to present at the series. We hope you will join us!

The series is free and open to the public.
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PSOP Lifelong Learning Belleville Speakers Series

Presentations are held on the third Tuesday of each month at the PSOP Center in Downtown Belleville,. To reserve a spot, call Susan Pflug at 618-234-4410, ext. 7032.

Programs and Services for Older Persons
201 North Church Street
Belleville, IL 62220
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Brewing in Belleville: Then and Now

June 21 • 6- 7:30 pm
Sponsored by Main Street Brewing Co. 4204
Join us for a walk down memory lane, from Star to Stag and now Main Street Brewing Co. 4204. Presenters include Belleville Historical Society President Larry Betz, Belleville Historical Society Historian Bob Brunkow and Main Street Brewing Co. 4204 Brewmaster Tony Toenjes.

History of Early Belleville Saloons

July 19 • 6-7:30 pm
Enjoy a historic overview of the vast number of neighborhood saloons found in Belleville. Presenters include Belleville Historical Society President Larry Betz and Belleville Historical Society Historian Bob Brunkow.

Early Belleville Architecture: The German-American Folk Houses

August 16 • 6-7:30 pm
Learn more about early German architecture in Belleville with an emphasis on the German-American folk houses, also known as German Street Houses. The presenter for this event is Belleville Historical Society Historian Bob Brunkow.