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New Ways to Engage in History

Sangamon County Historical Society

  • 4 January 2023
  • Author: Jenni Dahl
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Event date: 1/17/2023 5:30 AM Export event

Artistic approaches to looking at history will be the topic of the Sangamon County Historical Society program at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, January 17 at the City of Springfield’s Lincoln Library, Carnegie Room North, 326 South Seventh St. The event is free and open to the public.

“Making Our History, Artists Render Lincoln’s Legacies” will be discussed by historian and filmmaker Graham Peck, Ph.D. The presentation will introduce a year-long statewide virtual residency project on Lincoln’s legacies, and then will interpret Lincoln by examining a selection of the artworks. The art from the residency project was on display along with 20 corresponding short videos from late August to mid-September at the University of Illinois Springfield, the Springfield Art Association and the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library.

Peck, the Wepner Distinguished Professor of Lincoln Studies at the University of Illinois Springfield, has focused his research on antebellum Illinois, particularly on the careers of Abraham Lincoln and Stephen A. Douglas. He is the author of a book, “Making an Antislavery Nation: Lincoln, Douglas, and the Battle Over Freedom.” Other panelists include videographer Josh Hester from Storytellers Studio and a few artists whose works are included in the project.

For more information about the event, contact the Sangamon County Historical Society or 217-525-1961

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