DuPage County Historical Museum
Who were the people who founded our State of Illinois 200 years ago? What did they dream about? What did they eat? How did they dress? And, most importantly how did they celebrate becoming the 21st state in the United States of America?
Enjoy an evening of partying like it’s 1818 with Ellie of Ellie Presents to celebrate Illinois becoming the 21st state! Sample the food, have your silhouette made, dance the dances, and hear the music that may have played as Illinois celebrated its birthday 200 years ago.
SAGE Lunch and Learn Series
Tom Wood, Archivist, University of Illinois Springfield (UIS), will present From Prairie to University, and provide a storied look back at the physical infrastructure development of the University. Dr. Megan Styles, assistant professor of environmental studies, will present on the history and social challenges of the sustainability movement, sustainable development and on sustainability initiatives at UIS.
McHenry County Historical Society & Museum
Janette Dwyer, former owner of Quilt Quarters in Geneseo, has spent the past 26 years sewing and collecting quilts. Her collection, which now tops 300, dates from the 1880s to the present day. She will bring about 30 quilts with her for the presentation – including two gems from the Century of Progress at the 1933 Chicago World’s Fair. She will talk about the quilts, as well as the fair's history, and show off other “bargains” she has uncovered. The Gazebo Valor Quilters, a group of about 40 women from the northwest suburbs, also will honor veterans with quilts that day. A drawing for the Heritage Quilters’ raffle quilt, an homage to World War I titled “Forever Poppies” and a show-and-tell also are part of the program.
Compiled for Illinois public libraries by John E. Hallwas of the Illinois State Historical Society
This twelve-month reading list includes novels, nonfictional works, and poetry – all by Illinois authors and expressive of the Illinois experience. Along with the twelve-month schedule are some alternative book titles, in case a library wants to customize the 2018 reading list by substituting another notable work of fiction, nonfiction, or poetry.
Macon County History Museum
Join us on May 19 as we welcome guest speaker Cheri Hunter, president and librarian for the Decatur Genealogical Society, who will present her program "Genealogy 101: Where to Do It and Where to Look." Having started doing her genealogy in 1974, she has been helping people at the Decatur Genealogical Society Library for most of the time since then. Research has certainly changed in that time span and in some ways is much easier and in some ways more difficult.