Individual Author Record
She is a lifelong resident of the Alton and Godfrey areas of Illinois.
Biographical and Professional Information
Judy Hoffman is a historian and she serves on numerous boards and in civic organizations dedicated to the improvement of the Alton/Godfrey area, including the Hoffman Memorial Gardens at Great Rivers Park, where she acts as an advisor.
God's Portion: Godfrey 1817-1865, Cold Trees Press, 2005
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God's Portion: Godfrey, Illinois 1817-1865
Cold Tree Press. 2005
This is the story of the making of the town of Godfrey, Illinois. Connecting to the confluences of three great rivers: the Mississippi, the Illinois, and the Missouri, this area was situated near the starting point of the Lewis and Clark expedition. It was inhabited by diverse and radically different peoples. A cultural confluence, as well as a geographic confluence, this area would be home to a remarkable series of tales, adventures, turmoil and clashes. This book details those historical stories and uncovers the layers connecting them to each other. One of the most compelling parts of this story is the tale of the cooperation among runaway slaves, free blacks, and white abolitionists. There are also tales of commercial empire, abolition, temperance, the education of women and railroad expansion.