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Four Score Speaker Series Season Finale!
Juneteenth and Emancipation in America
Wednesday, June 9th, 7pm CST (Zoom webinar)
On June 19th, 1865, States Major General Gordon Granger read General Orders No. 3 from the balcony of a house in Galveston, Texas. The orders transmitted the news of the Emancipation Proclamation, signed more than two years prior by Abraham Lincoln, to the residents of Texas. Public awareness of Juneteenth outside of the state of Texas has grown exponentially in recent years. How does Juneteenth fit within the broader story of slavery and Emancipation in the United States? Join us for a lively discussion with Curtis Harris, PhD candidate and Adjunct Professor at American University in Washington, DC, and seventh-generation Texan, Curtis Harris (@CurtisHarris), to learn more about the history of Juneteenth, along with special guests from: Juneteenth Inc. and the Illinois State Museum.
A 'No-holds Barred' Interview With President/General Ulysses S Grant
Wednesday, September 22nd, 7pm CST (Zoom webinar)
Fellow Illinoisan, Ulysses S Grant, is one of the least understood of our American heroes. He is regarded highly by some and scorned by others. This is not unusual for him as even his good friend, General Sherman, said that Grant was an enigma even to himself.
Our program will be an interview with Grant himself, played by Larry Werline, with no question off-limits. Grant was known for his honesty so there could be some interesting answers to some of his most controversial topics.
Civil War Dress From the Inside-Out
Tuesday, October 12th, 7 p.m. (CST) Zoom
Just how many layers did 1860s women wear to achieve that bell-shaped silhouette? Join Illinois State Museum’s Curator of History Erika Holst to find out! Drawing upon examples of 1860s clothing from the ISM's collections, Holst will walk you through the many layers of women's dress, from chemise to shawl, and discuss the significance of each garment. A question and answer period will follow.
Register at https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_7lP4WA7gRlCt3f_XNFtxrA