The Savanna Historical Society will host a presentation at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, on “Binding Our State Together: 200 Years of Canals, Railroads, Postal Service, Interurbans, and Roads.”

“Find out how our territory was changed from a sparsely settled and minimally connected area to a place linked with other communities and regions,” said Jean Ferris, a member of the Savanna Historical Society.

Dr. Norm Moline, professor emeritus of geography at Augustana College, will share stories of historical paths that are fascinating and illustrate the need for connections.

Dr. Moline's doctoral dissertation focused on the changes in personal mobility and the character of towns in the early 1900s after the arrival of the automobile and good roads.

The Aug. 17 event, co-produced with the Savanna Historical Society and the Illinois Humanities Road Scholars Speakers Bureau, is free and open to all audiences at the Museum and Cultural Center, 406 Main St., Savanna.

“Any donations always gratefully accepted,” said Ferris.

Illinois Humanities is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the Illinois General Assembly through the Illinois Arts Council Agency, as well as by contributions from individuals, foundations and corporations.