Prairie wildflower exhibit opens March 19
The delicate paintings by Illinois artist George Olson of prairie wildflowers and grasses, which have been admired worldwide at galleries and botanical institutions, will be seen during the next three months at the Swedish American Museum in Chicago.
Olson will attend the opening reception for his Museum exhibit, “Homage to the Tallgrass Prairie,” at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 19. Sixty of his acclaimed works in pencil and watercolor were published in “The Elemental Prairie” (University of Iowa Press, 2005).
“The work is composed like a piece of music or good writing,” Olson said of his showing at the Horticultural Society of New York. Viewers “appreciate the delicate detail of the plants, the textures depending on the time of year, the gesture created by the plant.”
From more familiar examples like milkweed and morning glory, to less known specimens such as spotted horsemint and hoary vervain, he finds that every prime tallgrass plant “expresses something about the prairie.”
A man who practices what he preaches through art, Olson has been involved in prairie restorations in two Illinois counties for more than 30 years. He also produces publications, workshops and slide lectures, and has held more than 80 solo exhibitions.
A graduate of Augustana College who has a master’s degree in fine art from the University of Iowa, Olson taught at the College of Wooster in Ohio from 1963 until his retirement in 2000. During leaves for research, he served as artist-in-residence at the Missouri Botanical Garden and made drawings of specimens in the Dixon Prairie Restoration at the Chicago Botanic Garden.
The Swedish American Museum will supplement the George Olson exhibition with two special programs: Friday, April 10, 9 a.m. to 12 noon, Start with Art; Friday, April 24, 4 to 7 p.m., Family Night. The exhibit is scheduled to conclude Sunday, May 31.
Many more events are scheduled
Friday, March 13, 20 and 27, 7:30-10 p.m.: Three weekly basic techniques programs of Scandinavian Dances with Linda and Paul for beginners and advanced participants (Museum members $10 per class or $24 for three classes; non-members $15 or $36).
Saturday, March 14, 11 a.m.: Guided tour of the permanent exhibit, “A Dream of America: Swedish Immigration to Chicago”; reservations at email@example.com (Museum members free; non-member adults $4, seniors and students $3).
Sunday, March 15, 10-11 a.m.: Bullerbyn, a program of stories and songs for young children and adults who speak Swedish; email firstname.lastname@example.org for information and reservations (Museum members free, non-members $5).
Sunday, March 15, 4 p.m.: The art exhibit, “Streets, Blocks and Neighborhood,” closes.
Wednesday, March 18, 6-9 p.m.: The Museum will participate in the Field Museum’s Passport to Scandinavia promotion for the “Vikings” exhibit.
Friday, March 20, 11 a.m.-12 noon: Hejsan, a program for children with stories and crafts based on animals and nature in Sweden; the topic is “Birds” by Kevin Henkes (reservations suggested at email@example.com.
Saturday, March 21, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.: Museum-sponsored family program on the “Vikings” exhibit in the Crown Family PlayLab of the Field Museum.
Wednesday, March 25, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.: Vaffeldagen celebration of the Feast of Marie Bebadelsedagen (Annunciation Day) with Swedish waffles ($5 per serving).
Thursday, March 26, 2 p.m.: “Get Smart About Brain Health,” a seminar on steps to take care of one’s memory and mind, led by a physician from Great Lakes Clinical Trials.
Saturday, March 28, 10 a.m.-12 noon: Nordic Family Genealogy Center discussion of the book, “The Orphan Train,” led by advisory board member Sue Nordstrom; reservations requested at firstname.lastname@example.org (Genealogy Center members free, non-members $10).
Monday, March 30, through Thursday, April 2: Easter-themed activities for chi
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Louisiana cuisine and the Battle of New Orleans! Oooooh-wheeee!
The UIS Alumni SAGE Society and the Illinois State Historical Society hosted the first "Lunch and Learn" program of the season this afternoon in the UIS Public Affairs Center. The menu included gumbo, dirty rice, Ponchartrain salad, green beans, roast pork, and chocolate bread pudding and a discussion of Cajun versus Creole cooking, led by UIS chef Howard Seidel (bottom photo). Dale Phillips, Superintendent of the Lincoln Home National Historic Site, then spoke of the historical significance of The Battle of New Orleans (the 200th anniversary was January 8, 2015) in American history, and its larger meaning for territorial expansion and statehood for Illinois. It was an engaging and compelling program, which followed a most delicious Louisiana luncheon. The next "Lunch and Learn" program, "Holocaust and Civil Liberties," will be held on Thursday, March 12, and feature Rabbi Barry Marks (Temple Israel) and Dr. Karen Eisenhardt (UIS). For more information call 217-206-7395.
A public appeal
To all members and friends of the Marissa Historical and Genealogical Society:
We would like all of you to know that at 11:57 p.m. on Friday, January 30, our local fire department was called to a fire at our historical “Academy Building”, where we maintained a museum and library, and what our Historical and Genealogical Society called “home.” The next day city workers and many others began moving everything that could be salvaged to an empty building in Marissa. These items will need to be cleaned and the smoke odor removed.
The Village of Marissa has been very cooperative and plans to rebuild at the same site in the village park. Many people are asking what they can do to help. One of the things we know we will need are items for our museum. We had many pictures, mining artifacts, and Marissa artifacts in the museum. If you have any coal-mining artifacts or museum items that you would like to donate please contact the Village Hall and they will take your name and address and a listing of what you’d like to place (or replace) in our museum. When the new building is ready, they will contact you and proceed with placing the items in the museum. The phone number for the Village Hall is 618-295-2351.
The genealogical library held many books on county histories, family histories, church and cemetery records, military records, etc. If you have any of these types of items that you would like to donate to the library you can send the information to the Society at P. O. Bo 245, Marissa, Illinois 62257-0245, or email us at: Jettonk@frontier.com.
Our Society has a opened a special account at the Village Bank here in Marissa for donations. If you would like to make a monetary donation, make your check to:
MHGS Restoration Fund
c/o Village Bank
720 East Lyons
Marissa, IL 62257
Due to the loss of our computer in the fire, we currently are unable to do maintenance on our website: marissahgs.org.
For updates on our progress in setting up a temporary office, or rebuilding, please go to our Facebook page (Marissa Historical & Genealogical Society).
Equipment for printing the quarterlies was destroyed in the fire. We are currently in the process of replacing that equipment and we hope to get the February 2015 quarterly out as soon as possible.
Marissa Historical & Genealogical Executive Board