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WHAT: The University of Illinois Springfield will hold three virtual Lunch & Learn Series events this fall. The series is presented by the UIS Alumni SAGE Society and the Illinois State Historical Society.

WHEN: Noon-1 p.m. on Sept. 21, Oct. 27 and Nov. 9

WHERE: All programs will be held via Zoom Webinar

DETAILS: Tuesday, Sept. 21 - The Architecture of Place and Sound

David Finnigan, author of Inside Allerton, will discuss his research of Allerton Park, the elegant Monticello estate filled with rich history, surprising stories, formal gardens and woodland trails.

Paula Pugh Romanaux, professional musician and educator, will discuss Andrew Carnegie’s organ benefactions to Illinois and the world.

Wednesday, Oct. 27 - In Celebration of Springfield

Ken Page, preservationist and historian, will discuss Firehouse No. 5—the First Black Firehouse in Springfield, Illinois, home to the city’s Black firefighters in the early 1900s.

Curtis Mann, librarian and city historian, will discuss the History of Nightlife in Springfield.

Tuesday, Nov. 9 - Arboriculture and Mine Wars

Guy Sternberg, arborist and author, will discuss The Oaks and Habitats of Illinois and the Starhill Forest Arboretum in Petersburg.

Taylor Pensoneau, author and publisher, will discuss the Mine Wars of Central Illinois.

Each program needs to be registered for individually. Attendees will receive a confirmation email from each program registered for that includes the Zoom information for that specific session. Registration links for each program can be found at

For more information, contact the Office of Advancement at 217-206-6058.

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