The Peoria Historical Society has discovered what a curator is calling its “largest acquisition of historical material.” It includes paintings, letters and diaries. The collection is now part of the Pettengill-Morron House Museum that was one of the first homes in Peoria, dating to the mid 1800s.
The documents could help verify the house’s link to the underground railroad.
Moses Pettengill and his wife Lucy were outspoken abolitionists. And for that reason, historians have speculated that the Pettengill-Morron home was a stop on the underground railroad.