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Civil War speaker to educate on Rochelle’s impact

Posted: Friday, Feb 22nd, 2013

Terry Dyer will speak at Rochelle City Hall on Feb. 26. Local artifacts, including letters and photos, will be on display to check out before and after the 7 p.m. presentation. (Photo submitted by Rock Valley Community College)

ROCHELLE—On Feb. 26 at 7 p.m., Rockford Memorial Hall historian and tour guide Terry Dyer will speak at City Hall and share real stories of local war heroes. The presentation will be approximately an hour long and is coordinated through the Flagg Township Historical Society.

Dyer, who is a Rochelle native and current Roscoe resident, said that he has always had a fascination with historical subjects of both American and global significance. For a living, he shares historical stories and will enlighten people of the area on subjects pertaining to local soldiers’ efforts in the Civil War era.

In addition to his presentation, Dyer will also dress in an authentic, replicated union soldier jacket, just as one of his ancestors had once worn while fighting in the Battle of Gettysburg.

“I’m very excited to speak in my hometown for the first time,” said Dyer. “It’s a good opportunity for me to share what I am passionate about and also a good opportunity to them to listen to hear stories on local, State and American history. I think people will be surprised at how involved Illinois was in the Civil War. The war happened 150 years ago now and people are still captivated by it,” he said.

For the complete article see the 02-21-2013 issue.

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