A special Bicentennial series of programs, “The Culture and Heritage of Illinoisans,” will begin on Sunday afternoon, Feb. 18, and continue on the third Sunday of every month through October 2018. The series is presented by the Academy of Lifelong Learning (ALL) at Lincoln Land Community College in collaboration with the Illinois State Museum and will feature several Road Scholar speakers offered by Illinois Humanities.
All programs will be held at 2 p.m. in the Thorne Deuel Auditorium at the Illinois State Museum, 502 S. Spring St. in downtown Springfield. Programs are free and open to the public. Reservations are not required.
The Culture and Heritage of Illinoisans series:
Feb. 18 “Two Centuries to Celebrate: Illinois at the Bicentennial,” Dr. Samuel Wheeler
March 18 “This Land Was Your Land: Native Americans, Globalization and Treaties,” Dr. Michael Wiant
April 15 “Becoming A State: The Illinois Way,” Tara McClellan McAndrew
May 20 “Binding Our State Together: Canals, Railroads, Postal Services and Roads,” Dr. Norman Moline
June 17 “Illinois Antislavery and the Struggle For Freedom,” Jeanne Schulz Angel
July 15 “Building Illinois: Entrepreneurialism Flourishes, Workers Rise,” Mike Matejka
Aug. 19 “Farming in the Great Corn Belt: 200 Years of Challenges, Choices & Changes,” Don Meyer
Sept. 16 “Illinois in Art & Literature, 1818 to 2017,” Laura Mueller
Oct. 21 “From Prairie to Farm to City: Music To Commemorate Illinois’s Bicentennial,” Phil Passen