History Harvest FAQ

What happens during a History Harvest?

You bring items related to our theme (this year, political campaigns and elections) to Innovate Springfield on Saturday, October 13 from 10 am to 2 pm. We digitize the items and use the images and information for an online exhibit and catalog.

Do you want to keep my items? 

No. We are only interested in created digitial copies of your items, and collecting information from you about them.

But what if I want to donate my collection?

We will provide you with the contact information for area archives and museums that might be interested in your actual material.

What type of items are you interested in?

Bring any and all objects, photographs, or documents that connect you or your family to Illinois history…anything that you think might be interesting.

Do the items need to be very old?

No. We welcome material from the distant past, the recent past, and today.

Must the items be only about Springfield?


Can I get copies of the digital files?

Yes! You will be able to download the images from the online catalog, once it becomes available in late 2016.

Do I need to RSVP? 

No, not unless you plan to bring a large amount of items.

Will there be any other activities during History Harvest?

-Yes! Dr. Samuel Wheeler, Illinois State Historian, will mingle with the crowd between 11 am and 1 pm.

-Several items from the Nelson O. Howarth Papers (Springfield Mayor, 1955-1959 and 1963-1971) and the Kozeliski Political Button Collection  will be on display, courtesy of the UIS Archives and Special Collections.

Who is involved in this project?

The UIS History Harvest is a student-centered project coordinated by the History Department at the University of Illinois, Springfield. It is managed by Dr. Devin Hunter’s undergraduate class “Musuems, Monuments, and Memory” and Dr. Ken Owen’s graduate class “History and Digital Media.”

Are there other History Harvests? 

Yes. The UIS Department of History plans to hold more history harvests in the future and click here to learn about the several other History Harvests that have occured throughout the country.

Whom do I contact to learn more?

Email Dr. Devin Hunter or Dr. Ken Owen at historyharvest@uis.edu.

How can I promote the UIS History Harvest?

Download and share this poster, visit and share our Facebook event page, forward this press release, or just tell everyone you know about it!

When is the next UIS History Harvest? Will the theme be the same?

The next History Harvest is schedule for the fall of 2018. The theme is yet to be determined, but it will be of local historical importance.

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