On October 13, 2018, the UIS Department of History again invited members of the public to place themselves in the historical record by participating at a History Harvest held at Innovate Springfield, downtown on the old Capitol Square. This year, our History Harvest theme commemorates the Illinois state bicentennial, and has been officially endorsed by the Illinois State Bicentennial Commission.
Two years ago, students and faculty of the UIS History Department held the first ever History Harvest in the state of Illinois, in which we digitally “harvested” political memorabilia from the public. See the results at the 2016 online archive and exhibit.
The UIS History Harvest is part of a national movement connecting communities and universities through the practice of local history.
UIS History’s 2016 History Harvest demonstrated the new insights that can be learned and connections that can be made between university and community. It received considerable media attention.
Springfield Journal-Register: “UIS ‘Harvesting’ Political Memorabilia for Website”
Springfield Journal-Register: “Lincoln Ax, FDR Letter Brought to UIS History Harvest”
WICS Channel 20: “UIS History Harvest Takes Place”