Benjamin Godfrey’s historical legacy will be celebrated during a dinner gala at Lewis and Clark Community College in Godfrey starting at 6 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 13.
Tickets for the event, which supports the proposed Benjamin Godfrey Legacy Trail, are $50 per person and must be purchased in advance. The dinner will include a festive evening of “Bill of Fare” dining, music and re-enactors representing Benjamin Godfrey – the namesake of the community — and his close business associates including Winthrop Gilman, Theron Baldwin, Philena Fobes and even Elijah P. Lovejoy.
Tickets are available at Carrollton Bank, CNB Bank and Trust, Liberty Bank, The Village of Godfrey and the Alton Visitor Center.
The North Alton Godfrey Business Council has spearheaded the Benjamin Godfrey Legacy Trail Project which is planned to make the general public more aware of the importance and numerous contributions of Godfrey; to preserve his scholarship and vision for future generations and to add another significant tourism piece to the historical mix of the region.
The Legacy Trail will ultimately include a video presentation, a descriptive brochure, an audio presentation and a curriculum developed for third- and fourth-grade students which will be supplemented by a children’s book illustrating and telling the story of Godfrey. The foundation of the trail will also include the permanent marking of the Godfrey and Gilman Warehouse, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, the Godfrey and Gilman homes, the Alton and Southern Freight Station in Alton, the Godfrey Mansion, the Godfrey Cemetery, the Benjamin Godfrey Chapel, the former Monticello College (currently Lewis and Clark Community College) and Plank Road which runs between the Mansion in Godfrey and 4th and Belle Streets in Alton.
The Benjamin Godfrey Legacy Trail was developed by local historians, educators, authors and municipal officials over the last year.
For more information, call (618) 465-6676 or (618) 466-8353.
— From the Illinois Business Journal