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Upcoming Events at the Western Illinois Museum General Macomb's Birthday Party...

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Upcoming Events at the Western Illinois Museum

General Macomb's Birthday Party
Thursday, April 9, 2015
3:00 to 5:00 pm

Join us to celebrate the 233rd birthday of General Alexander Macomb, the city’s namesake. The party will be held at the Western Illinois Museum. Here's what we have planned!

3:00 Life of a War of 1812 Soldier

Visit with Old Fort Madison re-enactors and learn about the life of a War of 1812 soldier.

3:45 Brief Program

Brief program with comments by City of Macomb Mayor, Mike Inman; Regent of the General Macomb Chapter of the D.A.R., Dr. Elizabeth Kaspar; and Director of Old Fort Madison, Dr. Eugene Watkins. Coloring contest winners will be announced.

4:00 Music by Lee Murdock

Illinois Humanities Council Road Scholar and musician, Lee Murdock, will present a unique program titled, The Star-Spangled Banner and the Struggle that Forged Two Nations.

4:45 Birthday Cake

Birthday cake will be served by the members of the General Macomb Chapter of the D.A.R.

The event is free and open to the public. Donations welcome.

Early registration deadline for the 40th Annual History Conference at Western Il...

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Early registration deadline for the 40th Annual History Conference at Western Illinois University's Quad Cities campus (on Saturday, May 9) is April 6 -- $35 early registration. Click the link for conference information and registration form.


40th Annual History Conference - History - Western Illinois University
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Please join us in Moline on the beautiful new WIU Quad Cities campus (3300 River Drive, Moline, IL 61265) for the 2015 WIU History Conference. The Conference date is Saturday, May 9th, 2015. On-site registration and breakfast begin at 8:00 a.m., with the first session starting at 9:20 a.m. The Confe…

War World 1 ambulance driver from Springfield subject of new book Lincoln...

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War World 1 ambulance driver from Springfield subject of new book

Lincoln Land Community College Political Science Professor Chris McDonald, Ph.D., will present “From Springfield to Schlestadt” on Saturday, April 11 from 9 to 10 a.m. The presentation is being held in the Trutter Center. The public is invited to the free event. Professor McDonald’s presentation is based on his new book, “‘Three Lying or Four Sitting’—From the Front in a Ford,” which gives an eyewitness account of World War I through the letters of Springfield native and Harvard student Kent Dunlap Hagler.
Professor McDonald will provide a glimpse of Mr. Hagler’s life as an
ambulance driver and the local connection to the Great War. In “‘Three Lying or Four Sitting’—From the Front in a Ford,” Professor McDonald provides commentary and a personal account of someone serving on the Great War’s front lines through the detailed, literate and humorous letters of Mr. Hagler. Mr. Hagler came from a prominent family in Springfield. He left Springfield for Harvard University where, after being denied entry into the United States military forces, he decided to become a volunteer ambulance driver with the American Field Service. Over a two-year period, Mr. Hagler sent home many letters
describing his experiences in the First World War. A book signing will follow the presentation. Copies of the book will be available for
purchase. Cost of the book is $19.95, plus tax. All proceeds from book sales will benefit the LLCC Foundation general scholarship fund in honor of Kent Dunlap Hagler.


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I am pleased to report that the Illinois State Historical Society trivia team--M...

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I am pleased to report that the Illinois State Historical Society trivia team--Marissa DeWeese, Larry Kienzler, Tom Wood, and Sam and Bill Furry--came in second place at the Sangamon County Historical Society Trivia night on Saturday, March 21. We lost out to the Nefarious Trivia Trolls of Table 3, who took an early lead, and like a group of hungry termites, cleared the forest of competition. It was not pretty, but it was decisive, although in the 7th round a five-way tie for third place put everyone on the offense. Congrats to all players, and to the Lincoln Troubadours, who were the big winners!
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