Wednesday, June 26, 2019


Elaine Evans

Sacred Spaces: The Architectural Designs of Herbert A. Brand

DuPage County Historical Museum

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The Architectural Designs of Herbert A. Brand will be presented by his grandson, Charles Brand, a lifelong resident of Clarendon Hills. Herb was raised in Danville, and graduated from the University of Illinois School of Architecture in 1908. He established his office in Chicago, designing over 150 churches and educational buildings. His work can be found in DuPage County and throughout Illinois.

Lecture: Property Tax Assessment Freeze Program for Historic Houses

Wilmette Historical Museum

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If you live in a historic district or in a house which is a local landmark or on the National Register of Historic Places, you may be eligible for an 11-year property tax assessment freeze. Join architectural historian Susan Benjamin of Benjamin Historic Certifications for an illustrated talk about how to take advantage of this little-known benefit. 

VIP Night With Douglas Brinkley

Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum

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Noted historian Douglas Brinkley visits to discuss his latest book, American Moonshot: John F. Kennedy and the Great Space Race. Brinkley, a presidential historian and contributor to CNN and the New York Times will take the audience from Kennedy's 1961 vow to put a man on the moon to the successful landing in 1969.

Unveiling of Freeport City Hall Time Capsule

Stephenson County Historical Society Annual Meeting and Dinner

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This year saw the demolition of Freeport’s old City Hall, built in 1899. It was a sad event for many historically-minded citizens. Fortunately, the original time capsule was located, saved, and donated to the Stephenson County Historical Society. At this year’s Annual Meeting and Dinner, the Stephenson County Historical Society will reveal those contents for the first time since they were tucked away and sealed within the walls of that building 120 years ago.

Author Talk: Dr. Wayne Temple's Newest Book: Lincoln's Confidant

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Journalist Noah Brooks first saw Abraham Lincoln in 1856. His news report suggests that both he and the others in attendance at a Lincoln speech were disappointed in the man's physical appearance. However, he also reported that all changed when Lincoln spoke. Brooks then wrote that Lincoln "could not fail to arrest the attention and favorably impress the most prejudiced mind. Dr. Wayne Temple's newest book, Lincoln's Confidant, will be the subject of a talk at Books on the Square at 427 East Washington Street in Springfield at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, March 17, 2019.

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