Free April 15 program to cover Garfield Farm family’s history

The Chapel on the Green in Yorkville will present a free program by Ann Brack-Johnson of Garfield Farm on April 15.

Her presentation, “The Magic of Bringing History to Life,” will discuss how she used both the facts and fiction of Angie Garfield’s life in writing her young adult novel “Angie of Garfield Farm.”

Readers and history buffs young and old will enjoy this discussion of how an author crafts a work of historic fiction to bring history to life for readers. Brack-Johnson will also talk about what happened to the real-life Angie Garfield when she grew into adulthood.

“Angie of Garfield Farm” is based on the Garfield family, who traveled from Vermont to settle in Campton Township, Kane County, Illinois, in the 1840s. The setting for the story, Garfield Farm and Inn, is a real place that still exists today as a living history museum. The events of “Angie of Garfield Farm” are fictional but based on documented events, people and social customs of the day.

The presentation will be at 2 p.m. April 15 at Chapel on the Green, 107 W. Center St., Yorkville.

Kendall County Association for Home and Community Education is co-sponsoring the program and will be serving refreshments afterward as people tour the chapel’s wedding museum.

There is no charge for this program, but donations to the upkeep of the historical Chapel on the Green are appreciated. For information, call Joan at 630-567-6407.

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