Quinn’s program will feature abolitionist sentiment in Geneva before the Civil War, the role of Genevans who served in four Civil War regiments and post-Civil War life in Geneva, (and, after 1882, Lake Geneva).
Quinn grew up in Lake Geneva, graduating from Badger High School in 1960. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a major in English in 1964 and did his graduate work in history also at UW-Madison.
He began his professional career at the Wisconsin Historical Society in 1966 and then worked at the University of Wisconsin before becoming the university archivist at Northwestern University in 1974. He held the Northwestern position until 2008, when he retired and moved back to Lake Geneva.
He lives with his wife, Mary, in the house on Maxwell Street that his maternal grandparents, who reared him there, bought when they moved to Lake Geneva from the south side of Chicago in 1912.
Quinn is a member of the board of the Friends of the Geneva Theater, the Lake Geneva Historic Preservation Commission, the Walworth County Genealogical Society and the Geneva Lake Museum.
Everyone is welcome to attend Quinn’s program at no charge.
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