History of the Poorhouse and Farm in
Morgan County Illinois
Thursday, February 15th at 6:30pm
Author Dr. Joe Squillace, Ph.D, MSW,
Associate Professor at MacMurray College
The Morgan County Poorhouse and Farm by Dr. Joe Squillace was published by the Morgan County Historical Society in November 2017. Copies will be available at the presentation and can also be found at Our Town Books on the square.
From the book: The Morgan County Poorhouse and Farm in Jacksonville, Illinois, as author Dr. Joe Squillace shows, served a wide array of persons with various human, mental and social needs, a product of the intellectual and religious surrounding community. What is revealed is an institution that struggles, like today’s institutions, to meet the needs of those living in poverty with resource constraints and the current knowledge base of how to address complex needs.
As a whole, the book demonstrates that the poorhouse and farm was a predecessor social and health care service institution to many of later 20th century institutions, such as day care facilities, hospitals and urgent care centers, and nursing homes. A History of the Poorhouse and Farm in Morgan County, Illinois is not simply the story and events from long ago, but through seeing the names and faces, hearing the stories of the people residing there, the book provides a tangible connection to a frontier rural county’s struggle with handling poverty as it developed through the 19th and 20th centuries.