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Postings for June 05, 2014 Full Month View
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  All Day Civil Rights Act of 1964   The Illinois Historic Preservation Agency and the Lincoln Home National Historic Site are partnering to present a series of five programs honoring the 50th Anniversary of the enactment of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The first program will take place on Thursday, June 5, with a new program being held every week through the anniversary on Wednesday, July 2. On Thursday, June 5, from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., Lincoln Home National Historic Site will host a panel discussion of highly regarded scholars from a variety of academic specialties who will bring their perspectives on the importance of the Civil Rights act and its connections to the earlier Civil War and Reconstruction eras. Panelists include Matthew Holden, Jr., the Wepner Distinguished Professor in Political Science at the University of Illinois Springfield, and author of The White Man's Burden; David Joens, Director of the Illinois State Archives and author of From Slave to State Legislator: John W. E. Thomas, Illinois' First African American Legislator; and, Angela Winand, Curatorial Assistant at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum who is also working on a study of representations of race and gender in the virtual world of Second Life. Samuel P. Wheeler, Historian at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, will serve as moderator. On Thursday, June 12, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Lincoln Home National Historic Site will host acclaimed Civil Rights scholar and author Yohuru Williams who will present "In the Shadow of Lincoln: The Civil War and the Long Civil Rights Movement." Dr. Williams is the History Department Chair and the Director of Black Studies at Fairfield University in Fairfield, Connecticut and is also Chief Historian for the Jackie Robinson Foundation and Museum in New York, New York. Professor Williams is the author of Black Politics/White Power: Civil Rights, Black Power; Black Panthers in New Haven; and, Teaching U.S. History Beyond the Textbook: Six Investigative Strategies, Grades 5-12. Dr. Williams is also a founder of Yohuru Williams & Associates, a consulting firm specializing in strategic research, dynamic support and tactical assistance for non-profit, for-profit and educational organizations. On Thursday, June 19, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Lincoln Home National Historic Site will host author Clay Risen. Mr. Risen is the author of the recently published and acclaimed The Bill of the Century: The Epic Battle for the Civil Rights Act. He is also an editor at The New York Times op-ed section. Prior to that Mr. Risen was an assistant editor at The New Republic and the founding managing editor of the noted quarterly Democracy: A Journal of Ideas. His recent freelance work has appeared in such journals as The Atlantic, Smithsonian, and The Washington Post. Mr. Risen is also the author of A Nation on Fire: America in the Wake of the King Assassination and American Whiskey, Bourbon and Rye: A Guide to the Nation's Favorite Spirit. On Thursday, June 26, from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m., the Old State Capitol State Historic Site will be the venue for a dramatic portrayal of the Civil War to Civil Rights struggle as actors present the story of freedom through the perspectives of Abraham Lincoln and Martin Luther King, Jr. Acclaimed Lincoln actor Fritz Klein will portray Abraham Lincoln and tell the story of the struggle to bring freedom to a nation torn apart by Civil War. Celebrated King actor Jim Lucas will pick up the drama as he presents an impactful powerful portrayal of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and conveys King's dedication to continue the nation's fight for freedom through the powerful words of King's speeches. On Wednesday, July 2, from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m., the 50th anniversary date of the enactment of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Old State Capitol State Historic Site will host a program that will commemorate the historic legislation. A variety of special guests and dignitaries will reflect on the landmark legislation and will recount their personal stories in their fight for Civil Rights, including United States Attorney James A. Lewis. The program will also include musical presentations inspired by the long Civil War to Civil Rights struggles.
 
  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."
 
  All Day Power Up! Fitness Camp for Kids   Fitness Together is presenting Power Up! Fitness Camp Ages 6-14 The camp will emphasize learning and applying healthy living concepts in a fun active setting! For more information go to www.ftspringfield.com
 
  6:15PM n/a Chatham Kiwanis Club Meeting   Chatham Kiwanis Club meets every Thursday at the Chatham Public Library at 6:15 p.m.
 
  7:00PM 7:30PM Thomas Rees Memorial Carillon Free Concerts   The Springfield Park District is pleased to announce spring/summer hours for concerts and tours at the Thomas Rees Memorial Carillon. Beginning May 1, free weekly concerts are Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays at 7:00 pm and Sundays at 3:00 pm and 7:00 pm. Concerts are 30 minutes and take place rain or shine. Enjoy the beauty of Washington Park and the adjacent Botanical Gardens with the unique accompaniment of carillon music. Tours are Wednesdays at 6:30 pm (one tour) and Saturdays and Sundays from 2:00 – 8:00 pm (tours every 30 minutes). Every tour includes a live carillon performance. Admission: adults - $3.50; students - $2.75. The Rees Carillon, a 12-story tower with three observation decks, offers spectacular views of Washington Park and Springfield from the city's highest point of elevation. The beautiful 67 cast bronze bells range in weight from 22 pounds to 7 1/2 tons. Enjoy an "insider's view" of this extraordinary architectural landmark and rare musical instrument. The Thomas Rees Memorial Carillon is the gift of Senator Thomas Rees, publisher of Illinois State Register from 1881 until his death in 1933. Among the world's largest and heaviest carillons, the quality of the bells coupled with the tower's location in Washington Park distinguish the Rees Carillon as one of the world's finest instruments. For additional information, visit www.carillon-rees.org or http://www.springfieldparks.org/facilities/carillon/
 
  4:00PM 7:00PM Illinois Products Farmer's Market   The market will be held every Thursday evening through Oct. 16, except during the Illinois State Fair (Aug.7 and Aug. 14). It is located, as in years past, in the Commodities Pavilion across the street from the Grandstand. The hours are from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. "I'm proud to see the growth in this market year after year," Agriculture Director Bob Flider said. "Opportunities like this benefit everyone, the local farmers and food producers who sell products, the consumers who shop their produce stands, and the local economy, which is strengthened from the business activity. And with Springfield Clinic returning as our title sponsor for the third year, the market now is much more than just a great source of fresh produce and local food products, it is a source of health and wellness information as well." Physicians and staff from Springfield Clinic will offer marketgoers weekly health screenings, as well as educational programs related to nutrition, fitness and wellness throughout the summer. "At Springfield Clinic, we are committed to reaching out beyond the exam room to help improve the health and wellness of our patients and our community," Mark Kuhn, Chief Administrative Officer at Springfield Clinic, said. "The Illinois Products Farmers' Market offers wholesome, locally-grown and produced foods, making it an ideal venue for us to help patients achieve a healthier lifestyle." "Project Get Fit!" will participate in the market for a second straight year. The program, a partnership between Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois and the Springfield YMCA, offers incentives to youngsters ages 5 through 18 to participate in recreational programs at either of Springfield's YMCA branches. Those who do can earn "Healthy Bucks" for completing various Y activities and use the "cash" to buy fresh produce at the market. "Teaching children at a young age about the importance of an active lifestyle and a nutritious diet sets lifelong, healthy habits," Mike Mannion, the vice president of government relations at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois, said. "The Healthy Bucks initiative is one step in educating young people, and represents what Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois aims to accomplish for all Illinois children." The Illinois Products Farmers' Market accepts LINK cards. Program participants just need to bring their cards to the Illinois Department of Agriculture table to obtain tokens that can be used to purchase their desired food items. Beginning July 1, IPFM vendors also will accept Senior and WIC farmers' market coupons. For more information about the market, including a list of vendors and their products, a schedule of musical entertainment, visiting wineries and food trucks, cooking demos, kids' activities and the Springfield Clinic "Recipe of the Week," go online to http://www.illinoisproductmarket.com/.
 
  9:00AM 5:00PM Boys in Blue IV @ ALPLM   The struggles of Civil War soldiers didn't always end with the war. Many soldiers faced more troubles or risked their lives in new ways when they got home, a reality highlighted in the upcoming exhibit "Boys in Blue IV: In Memory of Heroes" at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum. The free "Boys in Blue IV" exhibit opens at the presidential library on Friday, May 23. Visitors are welcome seven days a week, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Through pictures, artifacts and original documents, it explains how Illinois soldiers created the Grand Army of the Republic to speak out on issues affecting veterans nationwide. It includes the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, as well as anti-war riots in Charleston, Ill. It also tells the dramatic stories of two Illinois veterans, one a future governor accused of desertion and the other an activist for newly freed slaves. The future governor was Joseph Fifer, who served in the 33rd Illinois Infantry. He was wounded and went home to recuperate but was listed as a deserter. Despite that, Fifer defeated several former generals in the governor's race of 1888 by campaigning as "Private Joe." Fifer fought for years to have his named cleared, finally succeeding in 1923. Henry H. Pope, a teacher from Taylorville, also served in the 33rd Illinois Infantry. He liked the South so much that he settled in Louisiana after the war and was elected sheriff of St. Mary's Parish, where he worked with Judge Valentine Chase to find employment for recently freed slaves. On October 17, 1868, the Knights of the White Camellia (an "aristocratic" version of the Ku Klux Klan) gunned them both down. Pope was brought back to Illinois by his wife and infant son and buried in Pana The exhibit includes photographs, letters, newspapers and numerous artifacts pertaining to the Grand Army of the Republic. The GAR was founded in Decatur by Springfield physician Benjamin F. Stephenson, who served as surgeon of the 14th Illinois Infantry during the war. He founded it to give former soldiers and sailors a voice in veterans' affairs. The organization flourished for 70 years and wasn't dissolved until 1956, when the last Civil War veteran died. In addition to material owned by the presidential library, the exhibit will showcase Illinois Historic Preservation Agency staff who had ancestors serving in the Civil War. Several of them have provided artifacts, photographs and letters for this exhibit. More than 142,000 people visited the first three "Boys in Blue" exhibits, which explore the experiences of Illinois troops during the Civil War. The exhibits are part of the state's efforts to mark the 150th anniversary of the war.
 
  6:30PM n/a The International Carillon Festival   The International Carillon Festival, first held in 1962, is lauded as one of the world's most important and prestigious carillon events. The Festival has earned an unsurpassed tradition of presenting the world's finest carillonneurs. During the past five decades, the Festival has featured carillonneurs from: Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Switzerland, and the United States. Presented by the Springfield Park District with the support of The Rees Carillon Society and The Carillon Bells, concerts are held each evening. Individuals and families are encouraged to bring a picnic dinner as well as lawn chairs and blankets. There is large video screen are the base of the Carillon which allows the audience to view the playing keyboard and carillonneur during the performance. 53rd International Carillon Festival June 4 - 8, 2014 Wednesday, June 4 7:00 PM - Frans Haagen, The Netherlands 7:45 PM - Robin Austin (narrated Lincoln program), USA Thursday, June 5 6:30pm - Jim Rogers, USA 7:00pm - Claire Halpert, USA 7:45pm - Frans Haagen, The Netherlands Friday, June 6 6:30pm - Caleb Melamed, USA 7:00pm - Robin Austin, USA 7:45pm - Claire Halpert, USA 9:15pm - Festival Fireworks (Rain date; June 7) Saturday, June 7 Noon - Festival Luncheon (For information contact Barb Walker at (217) 787-3532 or dandbwalker58@gmail.com 6:30pm - Patrick Knox (student concert), USA 7:00pm - Eddy Marien, Belgium 7:45pm - Geert D'hollander, USA and Belgium Sunday, June 8 3:00pm - Student Concert 6:30pm - Annie Gregurich (student concert), USA 7:00pm - Geert D'hollander, USA and Belgium 7:45pm - Eddy Marien, Belgium

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