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Benjamin Godfrey Legacy Trail

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The North Alton Godfrey Business Council is pleased to announce the creation of the Benjamin Godfrey Legacy Trail project which will portray the life and entrepreneurial spirit of Benjamin Godfrey to the historical significance of Alton and Godfrey, Illinois.

The intended purposes of this Project are to provide a knowledge base for our young children, make the community more aware of the importance of numerous contributions of Godfrey, preserve his scholarship and vision for future generations, and to add yet another significant tourism piece to the historical mix of the region.

Benjamin Godfrey’s portrayal will be presented on several platforms - a video presentation, a descriptive brochure, a self-guided audio presentation, a curriculum developed for 3rd and 4th graders - supplemented by a children's book illustrating and telling the story of this visionary. The foundation of these informational elements will be permanent markers identifying:

1) the Godfrey and Gilman Warehouse,
2) St. Paul's Episcopal Church,
3) the Godfrey and Gilman homes
4) the Alton and Sangamon Railroad Freight Station in Alton; in Godfrey
5) the Godfrey Mansion,
6) the Godfrey Cemetery,
7) the Benjamin Godfrey Chapel,
8) Monticello College (now Lewis and Clark College)
9) the Plank Road traversing between the Mansion in Godfrey and 4th & Belle in Alton.

A Committee of worthy historians, educators, a former site owner, local published author, foundation and municipal executives, and interested Council members have been meeting for over a year to plan, arrange promotion and fund raising, and prepare a budget to execute this project. Other major contributors are creative and talented Alton High School illustrators and a local consulting firm who is producing videos.

Recent events highlighting the Project include the appearance and brief presentation by Benjamin Godfrey at the 25th Anniversary celebration of the founding of the Village of Godfrey; and the recognition of Godfrey as a seaman in the War of 1812 at the Godfrey Cemetery, his final resting place.

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Check out this video about the Benjamin Godfrey Legacy Trail!
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The North Alton Godfrey Business Council (NAGBC) invited Benjamin Godfrey and 4 of his friends to kick-off the fundraising campaign of the Benjamin Godfrey Legacy Trail project on Thursday, October 13th at Ahlemeyer Atrium, Lewis and Clark College. The Trail Project highlights the life and entrepreneurial spirit of Benjamin Godfrey and ties it to the historical significance of Alton and Godfrey, Illinois.

“It was a magical evening,” exclaimed Zeke Jabusch, NAGBC President. “The actors took us back in time on the very site where Godfrey founded the Monticello Female Seminary (LCCC).”

The $50 per plate benefit featured a theatrical portrayal, “A Night with Benjamin Godfrey and Friends" to place the proper historical The kick-off event treated a full house to an extraordinary festive evening of period Bill of Fare dining, accompanied by music of the day and highlighted by the opportunity to meet and hear Benjamin Godfrey (John Meehan), and his closest associates, Winthrop Gilman (David Crowley), Rev. Theron Baldwin (Kerry Miller), Philena Fobes (Kayla Mack), and Elijah Lovejoy (Zack Coffman.

Pictured - (L)Kerry Miller, Kayla Mack, and John Meehan, 2) Winthrop Gilman (David Crowley) seated with Godfrey, 3) Lovejoy and Godfrey.

Donor funding for the $65,000 goal supports these intended purposes: 1) to provide a knowledge base for young children, 2) make the community more aware of the importance of numerous contributions of Godfrey, 3) preserve his scholarship and vision for future generations, 4) and to add yet another significant tourism piece to the historical mix of the region.

Those wishing to contribute to the project are encouraged to:

1) send a check made payable to EE Foundation – Benjamin Godfrey Trail, PO Box 306, Godfrey, IL 62035;
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2) this site.

Gifts of any amount are encouraged and appreciated.

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