Tri-City Public Library and the Village of Buffalo will be welcoming members of the Sangamon County Historical Society to Buffalo for the beginning of their new season of historical presentations. This meeting will be devoted to "The Sangamon Ordnance Plant: Its Impact and Legacy." The program begins at 5:30 pm in the village hall activity room.
The program will include part of a PBS television "Prairie Fire" documentary that included interviews with women who worked at the comples, a powerpoint presentation and other material including a detailed scrapbook maintained by the late Claire Pritchett, an Illiopolis resident who donated her unique compilation to the Illiopolis-Ninatic Library. This library also owns one of the areas largest collections of information and materials about the ordnance plant.
From 1942 to 1945, the Sangamon Ordnance Plant produced 24 million artillery shells, 10 million 90mm anti-tank rounds and more than 100 million artillery and bomb fuses and boosters. A workforce that approached 10,000 people at its peak also helped pull the Springfield and Decatur areas out of the economic doldrums created by the Great Depression and long-term decline of coal mining.
The meeting is open to the public.