Service project becomes learning experience

August 28, 2018 | 1:20 PM

Students from MacMurray College and Illinois College cleaned-up a burial ground associated with the Morgan County Poor House and Farm in a joint service project on Sunday.

The project stems from research that Dr. Joseph Squillace, associate professor of social work and director of the social work program, has conducted for his book, "A History of the Poorhouse and Farm in Morgan County, Illinois."

There are two burial grounds that “paupers” were placed in off of the Poor Farm Road and the gravestones were nearly invisible. The service project focused on trimming, cutting and cleaning up the first burial plot which is located about a mile north of the Nestle plant off Poor Farm Road. During a break, Squillace talked to the students about the site, the Poor House and Farm's role in the history of Morgan County and helped them understand what their contribution means to the county and the memory of the site.

Squillace said, "We thought it would be a great collaborative project between the two colleges, and contain both community service and learning experiences.”

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