Lunch & Learn Series
Updated: March 17, 2020
In accordance with COVID-19 related guidance and restrictions issued by the University, state of Illinois and the United States federal government, we regret to announce the cancellation of the remaining programs of the Spring 2020 Lunch and Learn Series co-hosted by the UIS Alumni SAGE Society and the Illinois State Historical Society. This notice of cancellation is for both the April 9 and May 6 programs. You’ll receive notification of the refund process in the near future.
We thank you in advance for your patience as we align and enact practices which best serve our valued community members.
Tuesday, March 3: Mysteries of the Past
UIS student Katie Brethorst ’20 LAS will discuss her experience as an intern helping to unearth important historical artifacts from the site of the 1908 Springfield Race Riot, located along the 10th Street railroad tracks and Madison Street in Springfield.
William Iseminger, archaeologist, author and retired assistant site manager of the Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site, will discuss the prehistoric mysteries of the largest, most complex archaeological site north of Mexico, considered America’s first city.
Thursday, April 9: Architecture of Place and Sound
David Finnigan, author and SIU architectural graduate student, will speak on his book Inside Allerton and his research of Allerton Park, the elegant Monticello estate filled with rich history, surprising stories, formal gardens and woodland trails.
Dr. Paula Pugh Romanaux, professional musician, recording artist, educator and writer, will discuss her research Andrew Carnegie’s Organ Benefactions to Illinois and the World and his larger influence on the world of music.
Wednesday, May 6: Historic Settlements
Preservationists Jane and Jesse Boehler will speak on preservation of historic Clayville, Illinois, a mid-1800s’ settlement that provided nourishment, spirits and overnight accommodations for people and horses travelling the American frontier.
Kim Orth, Executive Director, Nauvoo Tourism Office, will discuss “the other Nauvoo” and its complex history as the “Beautiful Place” settled by Mormons, inhabited by Icarians (French-based Utopian socialist movement) and growth as a regional grape cultivation and wine-making center.
Highlights from Spring 2019 Lunch & Learn Series
February 26: Lincoln on the Circuit & Mary Lincoln in the White House
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.
March 27: Irish Heritage & History
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.
April 30: Three-I Baseball & Forgotten Voices of Illinois
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”.