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Bicentennial Speaker Series Features Native Americans on March 18 at the Illinois State Museum in Springfield

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
CONTACTS:
Karen Everingham
217-782-5949
Bicentennial Speaker Series Features Native Americans on March 18 at the Illinois State Museum in Springfield
SPRINGFIELD, IL – A special Illinois Bicentennial series of programs at the Illinois State Museum in Springfield – “The Culture and Heritage of Illinoisans” – continues on Sunday, March 18 at 2:00 p.m. with a presentation by Dr. Michael Wiant entitled “This Land Was Our Land: Native Americans, Globalization and Treaties.” 

Dr. Wiant will discuss the fledging United States’ large-scale and aggressive strategy for expansion. Unfamiliar and daunting landscapes did little to stem westward expansion, and immediately Native American Nations, sole residents of the continent for thousands of years, faced an unprecedented challenge to their territory and way of life. This presentation explores the cultural transformation of the Illinois territory on the eve of statehood, and how these events reverberate today.

Dr. Wiant holds a Ph.D. from Northwestern University and is an adjunct professor at the Illinois State University.  He recently retired as the Interim Director of the Illinois State Museum System, and served prior to that as Director of the Illinois State Museum at Dickson Mounds. An archeologist, Wiant has explored the long history of Native Americans in the Illinois River Valley for more than 40 years.

The Bicentennial Speaker Series, which began on February 18, will continue on the third Sunday of every month through October 2018 at the Illinois State Museum in Springfield.  The series is presented by the Academy of Lifelong Learning at Lincoln Land Community College in Springfield in collaboration with the Illinois State Museum, and it will feature several Road Scholar Speakers offered by Illinois Humanities.

Other programs in the series will examine the establishment of early government, the role of transportation in binding the state together, the anti-slavery movement, the roles of entrepreneurs and employees, the prairie and agricultural growth, and art and literature.  The lecture series will conclude with a special musical presentation of the music that has
 
been part of our history during 200 years of statehood. For more information, please call the Illinois State Museum at 217-782-0979, or the Academy of Lifelong Learning at Lincoln Land Community College at 217-786-2477.

The Culture and Heritage of Illinoisans Bicentennial Series

March 18
“This Land Was Our Land: Native Americans, Globalization and Treaties”
Dr. Michael Wiant, Petersburg

April 15
“Becoming A State:  The Illinois Way”
Tara McClellan McAndrew, Springfield

May 20
“Binding Our State Together:  Canals, Railroads, Postal Services and Roads”
Dr. Norman Moline, Rock Island

June 17
“Illinois Antislavery and the Struggle for Freedom”
Jeanne Schultz Angel, Chicago

July 15
“Building Illinois:  Entrepreneurialism Flourishes, Workers, Rise”
Mike Matejka, Bloomington

Aug. 19
“Farming in the Great Corn Belt:  200 Years of Challenges, Choices and Changes”
Don Meyer, Lexington

Sept. 16
“Illinois in Art and Literature, 1818 to 2017”
Laura Mueller, Burbank

Oct. 21
“From Prairie to Farm to City:  Music to Commemorate Illinois’s Bicentennial”
Phil Passen, Chicago


 
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