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Postings for February 12, 2014 Full Month View
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  All Day Abraham Lincoln-Benjamin P. Thomas Symposium   The Annual Abraham Lincoln-Benjamin P. Thomas Symposium will begin on Tuesday, Feb. 11 at 7 p.m. at The Old State Capitol State Historic site with the keynote address by Dr. Bruce Levine, J. G. Randall Distinguished Professor of History and Professor of African American Studies, The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. His address is titled "Fall of the House of Dixie: 1864 and the Beginning of the End." The Symposium continues on Wednesday, Feb. 12 at the Old State Capitol State Historic Site in Springfield. The 11 a.m. speakers will be Dr. John F. Marszalek, Giles Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Mississippi State University, Director and Mentor of Distinguished Scholars, Executive Director and Managing Editor, Ulysses S. Grant Association, and Dr. Douglas L. Wilson, George A. Lawrence Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus and Co-Director Lincoln Studies Center at Knox College. A round table featuring all of the Symposium speakers begins at 2:30 p.m. at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library. These Symposium events are free and open to the public. The Thomas F. Schwartz Symposium luncheon, which begins at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 12 at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library, features speaker Dr. Kate Masur of Northwestern University speaking about "Personal and Political: William Slade and Elizabeth Keckly in Lincoln's White House" The luncheon is $25 per person and reservations can be made online at www.abrahamlincolnassociation.org or by calling (866) 865-8500.
  All Day Accepting Teen Poetry/Art   Now accepting poetry and artwork submissions from teens, grades 6-12 until Friday, Feb. 28, 2014 for international teen poetry anthology, Navigating the Maze. Produced in Springfield, Ill. by the local non-profit literary organization Springfield Poets and Writers and sponsored in part by the Vachel Lindsey Association, this annual book is in its 16th year of publication. Contributors to the book receive two free books. Teachers who send in their students' work that is accepted for publication, receive two free books -- one for their classroom and one for the school library. For more info or complete rules, visit www.springfieldpoetsandwriters.com or www.adonisdesignspress.com.
  All Day Annie Leibovitz: Pilgrimage   Annie Leibovitz achieved her status as one of America's great photographers with unforgettable images of celebrities from John Lennon to Johnny Depp. But more recently, Leibovitz has trained her camera on famous places and objects, revealing more of herself in the process. "Pilgrimage," an exhibition of more than 70 of these stunning photographs from the Smithsonian American Art Museum's collection, opens at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum on Feb. 8, 2014, and runs through Aug. 31. Visitors will see the landscapes that captured Leibovitz's imagination: Niagara Falls, Yellowstone National Park, a New Mexico mesa. They can scrutinize her close-ups of objects like Emily Dickinson's only surviving dress, Elvis Presley's motorcycle and a bullet hole put in a target by Annie Oakley. Abraham Lincoln plays a major role in "Pilgrimage." Leibovitz photographed the stovepipe hat and the gloves Lincoln had with him on the night of his assassination, as well as a handwritten copy of the Gettysburg Address, photographic negatives of Lincoln and the Lincoln Memorial. Her photos of the bloodstained gloves were taken at the Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum. Access to the exhibition will be free with paid admission to the presidential museum. The Leibovitz photographs will be complemented by elements from the Lincoln Presidential Library's own collections, selected by Mary Michals. The museum will also present a reading of Virginia Woolf's essay "A Room of One's Own" and selections from the play "The Belle of Amherst," both directed by Phil Funkenbusch. Also on the schedule: a screening of the Marilyn Monroe thriller "Niagara."
  8:30AM 5:00PM Figurism: Narrative and Fantastic Figurative Art   Figurism: Narrative and Fantastic Figurative Art brings together historical and contemporary body-based art by over fifty artists from the Illinois State Museum collection. The exhibition emphasizes the power and the range of the narrative and expressive uses of the figure in Midwest art. The artworks were selected to create a better understanding and consideration of different representational styles and the ability of the figure to carry feeling, memory, and experience. They were also selected with an eye toward something fantastic—a heightened sense of the super-real or super-natural—whether through aggressive, expressive form, high-keyed color, inventive graphics, or ambiguous situations. The Museum is open from 8:30-5:00 Monday through Saturday and from 12:00-5:00 on Sunday. Admission is free. Parking is available nearby and the building is ADA accessible. For more information contact Jim Zimmer at 217-782-7440.
  9:00AM 10:00AM Wed. Morning Pickup Party   Wednesday Morning Pick-Up Parties from 9 to 10 a.m. every Wednesday. Help pick up litter in the sanctuary. Gloves and bags provided. Adams Wildlife Sanctuary, 2315 East Clear Lake Ave Springfield, IL 62708, 217-544-2473
  9:00AM 5:00PM Central Illinois Scholastic Art Competition Exhibi   The Springfield Art Association is thrilled to unveil a new gallery exhibition space, the M.G. Nelson Family Gallery, thanks to the generous contribution of the M.G. Nelson Family Foundation. We have been able to install new walls, wood floors, state of the art energy-efficient lighting, and an electronic projection screen. The Springfield Art Association is honored to have such an elegant new space to showcase art exhibitions for the Springfield community in our 101st year. The renovation is the first completed success to "Embrace the Future" as part of the $4 million Centennial Capital Campaign project to be the premier community visual arts center in central Illinois. The first exhibition in the new space exemplifies this SAA mission and vision as they present the area's best artwork from the Central Illinois Scholastic Art Competition featuring gold and silver awards from area junior and high school students. The exhibit will continue through Feb. 28 during SAA normal business hours Springfield Art Association, 700 N. Fourth St., Springfield, IL 62702
  10:30AM n/a Lincoln Birthday Wreath-Laying   Members of American Legion Post 32 will make the 80th annual pilgrimage to Abraham Lincoln's tomb Feb. 12 to honor the slain president on his birthday. The ceremony starts at 10:30 a.m. at the Lincoln Tomb State Historic Site. Wreaths from American Legion posts across the state and country will be placed at the tomb. The public is also welcome to attend. Dan Dellinger, the American Legion national commander, and Nancy Park-Brown, national president of the American Legion Auxiliary, are keynote speakers for the ceremony. The Sounds Celebration Chorus, part of the Sweet Adelines International, will perform a few patriotic-themed songs. The tomb is operated by the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency. Along with the state's World War II, Korean War and Vietnam War memorials, it is located in Springfield's Oak Ridge Cemetery at 1500 Monument Avenue. All are open daily for free tours. Visit www.lincolntomb.org for more information.
  11:30AM 1:00PM Women Entrepreneurs - Central IL   WE-CI: Women Entrepreneurs of Central Illinois, will hold its monthly meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 12, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at The Inn At 835.The address is: 835 S. Second, Springfield, IL 62704. Program: Topic: Style Tips & Tricks to Look Your Best At Work & Beyond. Ms. Lucy Dalton-Lackie, of style 911, will speak on building an effective wardrobe for the workplace, and teach techniques for enhancing individual style. A professional appearance builds the foundation for gaining a client's trust, closing a sale, or networking outside the workplace. Join us to put your best foot forward in 2014! The cost for the meeting is $17 for members, $22 for guests, and $25 for walk-ins. Reservations are non-refundable. Additional information is available by contacting Cherrill Lewis @ 217-622-0189. Please make your reservations at by 2-7-14 at . Our website can now take payments by credit card. Monthly meetings include guest speakers, workshops, and social functions. Fundraising events support scholarships for local women receiving advanced professional training. Guests may request a notice sent to them by contacting Maureen Williams: maureenwms32@yahoo.com .
  1:00PM 2:00PM M is for Moon Mini Camp   Discover the moon and nighttime animals at M is for Moon Mini Camp for children ages 1-5 and their adult buddy at Rock Springs Nature Center. Mini camp for children ages 1-5 will be held February 11 from 9:30-10:30am, and one for children ages 3-5 on February 12 from 1-2pm. Fee is $10. Reservations required. Register online at www.maconcountyconservation.org or call 217-423-7708. What is the moon made of? Where does it go during the day? Turn your little one into a nature detective as we uncover and shed some light on the secrets of the night and nighttime animals. Rock Springs Conservation Area is located on the southwestern edge of Decatur. To get to Rock Springs from Decatur, go south on Route 48 and turn west onto Rock Springs Road or go south on Wyckles Road and turn east onto Rock Springs Road. Watch for signs. Plenty of parking is available.
  6:00PM n/a Lincoln Banquet   The Abraham Lincoln Association (ALA) is celebrating President Lincoln's 205th birthday on Feb. 11 and 12, with presentations centering on the theme of Year of Decision: 1864. In announcing the special event, ALA President Robert Lenz said that he is pleased that the Feb. 12 evening banquet speaker is Dr. Thomas F. Schwartz who worked in special collections at the Illinois State Historical Library, now the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library, from 1985 to 2011. He was Illinois State Historian from 1993 to 2011 and Director of Research and Collections at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum from 2005 to 2011. He is currently the Director of the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum in West Branch, Iowa. His presentation is titled "'Everything is darkness and doubt and discouragement": Lincoln and the Election of 1864. The banquet will be held at the President Lincoln Hotel in Springfield on Wednesday, Feb. 12 beginning with a reception at 6 p.m. and dinner at 7 p.m. Tickets are $85 each and can be obtained online at www.abrahamlincolnassociation.org or by calling (866) 865-8500.
  7:00PM 8:30PM Paul Mickey Science Series Lecture   Mark Walczynski, Starved Rock Educational and Historic Foundation; Illinois Valley Community College, will present "La Salle's Lasting Legacy in the Illinois Country." The legacy of French explorer René de La Salle is alive and well in today's Illinois. From the Great Lakes, and hence Canada and the Atlantic, to the Mississippi and the Gulf of Mexico, La Salle's vision of commerce and trade has been realized. This presentation will examine the foundations of the Illinois trade at Fort Saint Louis, a French post established by La Salle that was located on the summit of today's Starved Rock between 1683 and 1691. Some of La Salle's writings will also be reviewed to see how Illinois' strategic geographical location, abundant natural resources, and waterways combined to make Illinois the commercial and agricultural leader it is today. Free and open to the public. Access to the Research and Collections Center is from 10 1/2 Street, between Ash and Laurel Streets.

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