Friday, March 22, 2019


Elaine Evans

Tales from the Vault: Love and Romance

Hosted by Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum and Illinois State Museum

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Tucked away in our vaults are love letters, Valentines, romantic books and beautiful pictures. See them for yourself, and have expert Christopher Schnell explain their meaning, in a special Valentine's Day version of our Tales from the Vault program. The free program begins at noon, Feb. 14, in the library.

George L. Painter Looking for Lincoln Lectures

Hosted by Looking for Lincoln, the Abraham Lincoln Association, and the Lincoln Home National Historic Site

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Lincoln Home National Historic Site invites the public to attend the George L. Painter Looking for Lincoln Lectures on Tuesday, February 12, 2019 at 8:30 a.m. at the Lincoln Home National Historic Site Visitor Center, 426 South Seventh Street, Springfield, Illinois. The Visitor Center will open one half hour early, at 8:00 A.M.

Three-I Baseball & Forgotten Voices of Illinois

2019 SAGE Lunch and Learn Series

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Bill Kemp, archivist and librarian at the McLean County Museum of History, will explore the Three-I professional baseball league (Illinois-Indiana-Iowa League) and how it shaped the history of professional sports in the Midwest from 1920-1940.

Dr. John Hallwas, award-winning author and editor of more than two dozen books related to Illinois history and literature, and professor emeritus of English at Western Illinois University, will present "Forgotten Voices: Six Illinois Authors You Need to Know".

Irish Heritage & History

2019 SAGE Lunch and Learn Series

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In celebration of Irish heritage in Illinois, Dr. Eileen McMahon, professor and chair of the History program at Lewis University, will discuss her research on the parish communities found along the Illinois & Michigan Canal, and the Irish immigrants who built this vital passageway.

Dr. Theodore Karamanski, professor of History and Public History Director at Loyola University Chicago, will present on the Irish in the Civil War. Live music by ​Wild Columbine.

Lincoln on the Circuit & Mary Lincoln in the White House

2019 SAGE Lunch and Learn Series

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Guy Fraker, J.D., retired attorney, author, and Lincoln historian, will discuss Abraham Lincoln's 20-plus year career as a lawyer and part-time judge on the 8th judicial circuit.

Kathryn Harris, immediate past president of the Abraham Lincoln Association, and former director of library services at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library, will present a first-person portrayal of Elizabeth Keckley, former slave and Mary Lincoln's trusted friend and modiste, who later wrote about her White House years.

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