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  • The Morton History Project launched in 2018 to document people and places from Morton's history.  Made possible by a grant from the Morton Community Foundation, the Morton Chamber of Commerce collected oral and written histories of Morton community members to catalog and share in partnership with the Morton Community Library.

    This collection is a sampling of the stories that could be told.  We know there are countless others with stories to tell.  We hope this project will inspire any and all to document, record and tell your stories for future generations to see.  The stories matter.  The resources developed for this project are below, should you want to continue recording Morton stories long into the future.  We look forward to it!


    Morton History Story Map

    A digital Story Map was developed that residents can use to explore places from the community's past.  One can travel to a location, read about that address' history, and see a photo of what it looked like in the past!  For instance, did you know that Morton had 7 grocery stores, several hotels, a bakery and a few other cool amenities downtown?  It did, and you'll learn about that here.  The map shows best on a phone and can be used to explore the community in a whole new way!  Click on the image below to explore!


    Morton Oral Histories

    Stay tuned for stories collected from Morton residents about their memories of the community, where their families came from, how many generations of their family lived in Morton, and their favorite people, places and things!  A special thanks to Steve Newhouse who spent an incredible amount of time assisting with this project.  Anything from advising, coordinating and recording several of the interviews you see here.  He was integral to this project and a wealth of information.  Thanks also to Susan Pyles and Linda Yoder, who also helped organize and record a few of the stories gathered here.  


    Morton Written Histories

    A range of items and items were shared with us through the mail and we are delighted to share several of the submissions here.  We've left them just as we received them because we enjoyed seeing handwriting as opposed to another typed word.  We hope you enjoy them too!

    • Jacob, Eleanor who turned 90 in 2018.
    • Zobrist, Noah who wrote Morton History stories for the local papers throughout his life.
    • Mason, Craig shared the tribute her wrote about his father, Ramon Mason and references many wonderful memories of Morton's people & places.
    • Kutcat, Gary remembers coming to Morton for dances at the Village Hall.

    Morton District 709 Journalism Class, Fall 2018 Class

    A special thanks goes to our Morton District 709 Journalism Class and their teacher Kristina Koehler for their participation in the project too.  We were delighted to incorporate stories from multiple generations of Mortonites.  Stay tuned for their Morton memories too!


    Morton History Project Resources

    Morton stories were collected via a questionnaire that all current and former community members were invited to complete.  Anyone interested in continuing the project are invited to utilize these resources and make them their own!  

     

    Online Questionnaire Printable Questionnaire

     

     

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