In 1914, celebrants marked the anniversary of the founding of Belleville, Illinois, by observing the progress the city had made since it was established a hundred years before. In that time, it had become a regional hub for surrounding communities, with robust commercial, manufacturing, coal-mining, and agricultural sectors. Over the next century, the automobile, wars, economic depression, and technological innovation transformed daily life in ways unimaginable to those citizens of 1914. Bellevilleans' civic volunteerism would serve the city well as Belleville approached its bicentennial. In 2011, the National Civic League designated it an All-American City.
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About the Author
Author Judy Belleville, a charter member and past chairwoman of the Belleville Historic Preservation Commission, has served as a director of the Illinois Association of Museums. She currently volunteers as the collection coordinator of the Labor & Industry History Museum in Belleville. Robert deV. Brunkow, PhD, was a civilian historian for the US Air Force for 20 years. His career has included positions in education and publishing. Robert L. Arndt is a board member of the Labor & Industry Museum and its photograph editor. Before retirement, he was a professor in the electronics technology department of Southwestern Illinois College at Belleville.