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WUIS to host reception honoring "Skirting Convention" subjects

September 11 , 2007

Contact: Lisa Stott, 217/206-6403, LClem1@uis.edu

Event celebrates conclusion of oral history project and release of series CD

SPRINGFIELD – Public radio WUIS 91.9 will host a reception celebrating the conclusion of the station's oral history series "Skirting Convention: Twelve Women Who Changed Springfield" from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, September 27, at The Sangamo Club, 227 East Adams Street, Springfield. Tickets to the event are $20 and are available by calling 206-6516.

The six-month series highlighted the path-breaking contributions of women whose activism changed the community. Those profiled were Bettie Allen, the late Velma Carey, Sister Anne Carlino, Theresa Cummings, Barbara "Babs" Dickerman, Ethel Gingold, Karen Hasara, Alice Kaige, Peggy Knoepfle, Mary Lee Leahy, Caryl Moy, and Carolyn Oxtoby.

The series was produced by WUIS Statehouse Bureau Chief Kavitha Cardoza and funded by a grant from the Illinois Humanities Council. Series subjects were selected by Cullom Davis, oral historian and UIS history professor emeritus, and Edward J. Russo, retired city historian.

Most of the women are expected to attend the reception, which will also mark the release of an audio CD of the series. WUIS will make these CDs available to local schools and other student organizations.

All of the aired interviews, as well as audio extras, can still be heard online at www.wuis.org.  A half-hour special intertwining the women's stories will air at 6:30 p.m. on October 1 and again on October 11.

WUIS-WIPA is a listener-supported public radio service of the Center for State Policy and Leadership at the University of Illinois at Springfield. WUIS' mission is to satisfy a curious, societally engaged audience through programming and community outreach. More information, as well as the opportunity to listen online, is available at www.wuis.org.

 

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