Sangamom Experience



Devin Hunter
UIS Faculty Lead
Devin Hunter
Assistant Professor of History

Devin joined the UIS History Department in 2015 and teaches courses in public history, twentieth-century United States history, and the history of popular culture. He is a member of the Illinois State Historical Society Board of Directors and Executive Committee and the Illinois Historic Sites Advisory Committee, among other affiliations. Devin earned his doctorate in US and Public History from Loyola University Chicago, after several years’ experience at the National Archives in Washington, DC, and Chicago and the Pritzker Military Library and Museum in Chicago.


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UIS Leadership Lived Experience Student Worker
Kate Brethorst

Katie is a senior History major and an experienced local public historian. The Carlyle, Illinois, native has worked as a tour guide at the Dana-Thomas House and with Fever River Research at the 1908 Springfield Race Riot archaeological site. She hopes to one day become a museum curator and create exhibits and displays for historic sites and museums.


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Community Advisory Board
Justin Blandford, Amanda Bryden, Nancy Chapin, Sarah Chapin, Vincent “June” Chappelle, Corinne Claycomb, David Finnigan, Jacob Friefeld, Kathryn Harris, Chuck Hill, Mike Kienzler, Curtis Mann, Tara McClellan McAndrew, Brooke Morgan, Kara Pecoraro, and Debbie Ringer

The Council serves to provide feedback and suggest directions to UIS in the creation and sustaining of Sangamon Experience. They meet quarterly and as needed. If you or someone you know is interested in joining the Advisory Council, contact us:


Sangamon Experience oversight is provided by the UIS Office of Academic Affairs.