Mac professor pens book about county's poorhouse and farm

November 15, 2017 | 3:11 PM

MacMurray College will be hosting a book signing for Joe Squillace, associate professor and director of the social work program, on the release of his new book, “A History of the Poorhouse and Farm in Morgan County, Illinois,” on Wednesday, Nov. 29, in Thoresen Recital Hall in the Putnam/Springer Center from 4:30-6:30 p.m.

At the book signing, Squillace will give a short talk at 5:15 p.m. and be available to sign copies of his book throughout the course of the event. Books will be available for purchase for $15, with all proceeds going to the Morgan County Historical Society.

In the book, Squillace traces the history of the poorhouse and farm, outlines the various groups served by the institution and reveals stories that profile the populations that the poor farm served. A product of the intellectual and religious surrounding community in Jacksonville, the book outlines the history of the three locations from 1842-1951, and how it served the various human, social and mental needs of both local and transient persons.

For more information, contact Squillace at 217-479-7108 or at

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