Join us for programs on “The Culture and Heritage of Illinoisians”
by Judy Kohlrus and Tom Bolinger, Membership Co-Chairs, LLCC Academy of Lifelong Learning (ALL)
We’re halfway through our Academy’s 25th anniversary year, and one of our projects in 2018 is collaborating to bring some special learning opportunities to our area as Illinois commemorates its anniversary of 200 years of statehood. Please join us for these FREE programs!
ALL is partnering with the Illinois State Museum and Illinois Humanities, two of the best resources in our state, to offer a series of nine programs that share a great deal of information about “The Culture and Heritage of Illinoisans,” held on the third Sunday afternoons between Feb. and Oct. in the Thorne Deuel Auditorium at the Illinois State Museum, 502 S. Spring St. in Springfield.
We begin on Sunday afternoon, Feb. 18 at 2 p.m. with a presentation by Dr. Samuel Wheeler, Illinois State Historian. His talk, “Two Centuries to Celebrate: Illinois at the Bicentennial” focuses on the ways our state has celebrated milestone anniversaries from statehood in 1818 through the centennial in 1918, as well as the sesquicentennial in 1968. Dr. Wheeler will discuss the ongoing bicentennial celebration plans and will help us remember what makes our state unique, which events are truly worthy of celebration, and the many Illinoisans who are worthy of admiration.
On March 18 at 2 p.m., recently retired Interim Director of the Illinois State Museum and previous Director at ISM-Dickson Mounds Museum, Dr. Michael Wiant, will call upon his vast knowledge of “Native Americans and Illinois” to provide us a sense of the earliest people to live here, their settlements and history, and their impact on what we now call Illinois.
A popular local historian and writer, Tara McClellan McAndrew, will tell us about the wayward way we became a state and how our first lawmakers in Kaskaskia started from scratch in creating state government, with her April 15 offering, “Becoming A State: The Illinois Way.” Tara will share both facts and humor that emerge from her research.
This series will continue each month through October and we will learn from a variety of other talented speakers. Other subjects include varied perspectives on slavery and freedom, transportation development, how the creativity and hard work of farmers and scientists change the landscape, the entrepreneurial developers and the growth of jobs and benefits, and the art, literature and music we have enjoyed for 200 years. All will be held on third Sundays at 2 p.m. in the Thorne Deuel Auditorium at Illinois State Museum, followed by a modest reception.
Ever hear this phrase? “A sense of place.” Our citizens of Illinois represent a very large community of a very large variety of people. We share this “place” on earth. Together yet individually we have established roots, refined attitudes, and created a massive number of products and processes. How do you reflect Illinois in your identity? As an Illinoisan, come listen to our Bicentennial presentations on Culture and Heritage. You probably will understand more about yourself as you hear about our ancestors and their times.
What else is happening as the snow might fall but the crocus is soon to emerge?
Our Academy of Lifelong Learning continues all its regular monthly programming for members as well as the special Bicentennial series. We have books to discuss as winter lingers a while longer and our writing group will continue to share stories with one another. We continue to learn about new technologies, topics of current interest, and the continuing understanding of Springfield/Sangamon County that is part of our Chautauqua theme for the year.
Bowling season continues but soon golf begins and the bikers are out as soon as weather allows. Our members are adventurists too, with our monthly Around Town visits to local businesses and organizations and our Wander on Wednesday motor coach trips allowing us to visit some of the beautiful and interesting places in Illinois. We also enjoy social conversation out at restaurants, learning about each other, food, and a myriad of other things, while developing acquaintances and friends at breakfast or dinner. ALL’s membership is a community of learners and we welcome you to explore more of what we offer.
Attend one of our programs as a guest to sample an ALL activity and bring along a friend too. Find out more by calling the office of ALL at Lincoln Land Community College at (217)786-2477.