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Robert Wadlow Program


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MCHS is pleased to host a program on Robert Wadlow presented by the History Chix.

Robert Wadlow, the world’s tallest man, was born in Alton, Illinois, 100 years ago. Although of normal size when born, a dysfunctional pituitary gland caused him to grow at a phenomenal rate so that by his death at age 22 he had reached a height of 8 feet 11.1 inches tall. Despite his size, Wadlow had a relatively normal childhood and was greatly admired for his gentle nature.

The program will be presented by the History Chix, a group of three women, Nancy Alexander, Cathy Bagby, and Mary Westerhold, who share their love of history with local audiences. They will discuss Wadlow’s life, and share videos and photographs from Wadlow’s life. In the past, in addition to the story of Robert Wadlow, History Chix programs have included Mary Lincoln, Elijah Lovejoy, the Underground Railroad, and steamboats.

The program will be held in the Fellowship Hall of Immanuel United Methodist Church at 800 N. Main Street in Edwardsville. The entrance is on the lower level towards the back of the church.

MCHS programs are free and open to the public. For additional information, call 618-656-7569.