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Mar
30
Thu
A Question of History: Public History in Illinois
Mar 30 – Jul 31 all-day

Eastern Illinois University’s Booth Library will debut a new exhibit, “A Question of History: Public History in Illinois,” on March 30, 2017.  The public is invited to view this exhibit at any time during the library’s business hours.

The exhibit was produced by students in EIU’s Historical Administration graduate program. For more information about the exhibit and related programming visit the web page here.

On Oct. 1, 2015, the Illinois State Museum closed its doors for nine months amidst a statewide budget crisis. This closure brought the topic of public history in Illinois to the forefront of a national conversation about the relevance of history. In an effort to raise awareness about the importance of public history, EIU’s 2016-2017 Historical Administration class, with the support of Booth Library, will present “A Question of History: Public History in Illinois.”

Featuring items from institutions across the state, including the Illinois State Museum, the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, and the Lincoln Home National Historic Site, this exhibit traces the role of public and historical institutions of Illinois to show how history was and continues to be vital to our cultural heritage and identity.

The opening reception will be held at 7 p.m. March 30 in the library’s West Reading Room and includes a keynote address by Dr. Samuel Wheeler, Illinois state historian.

In conjunction with the opening of the exhibit, the Historical Administration Program will host several events around Charleston focusing on public engagement with history. Admission is free, and all programs and the exhibit are open to the public.

The schedule of events follows:

  • “Museums, Mementos, and Memory: A Pop-Up Museum” will be open for one day only, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 22 on the Library Quad. This exhibit will feature a collection of souvenirs from historical and cultural institutions. To loan items for inclusion in the exhibit please contact Jessica Craig at jlcraig3@eiu.edu.
  • “Finding Yourself: Using Archives to Research Your Family Genealogy,” by HA student Cayla Wagner, will be at 5:30 p.m. April 5 in the Witters Conference Room 4440 in Booth Library. This event informs participants how to use the Illinois Regional Archive Depository to research their family history.
  • “A Keeper of History: Dr. Michael Wiant on Archeology, Public History, and Preserving the Past,” will be held at 5:30 p.m. April 10 in Witters Conference Room 4440 in Booth Library. The lecture discusses the intricacies of being “a keeper of history.”
  • “Asking the Question: A Guided Exhibit Tour” will be offered at 5:30 p.m. April 12 in the library’s Marvin Foyer. HA students will give detailed stories of certain artifacts and the institutions that care for them.
  • “Photos, Papers, and Publications: Restoring Personal Documents” will be presented by Bob Bertrand at Pensees Bookshop in Charleston at 5:30 p.m. April 19. This workshop will familiarize individuals with the basic materials and techniques used in the restoration of book bindings and their contents. Due to limited space, please contact Hailey Paige at hpaige@eiu.edu to register for this event.

“A Question of History: Public History in Illinois” will be on display in the Marvin Foyer of Booth Library from March 30 through July 31, 2017. For more information about the exhibit or programming visit the exhibit web page, http://library.eiu.edu/exhibits/questionofhistory/.

During the spring semester, Booth Library’s regular hours are 8 a.m. to 1 a.m. Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and noon to 1 a.m. Sunday. For more information call 581-6072, or find the library on Facebook or Twitter.

Opening reception for A Question of History
Mar 30 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Eastern Illinois University’s Booth Library will display the exhibit, “A Question of History: Public History in Illinois,” from March 30 through July 31, 2017.  The public is invited to view this exhibit at any time during the library’s business hours.

The exhibit was produced by students in EIU’s Historical Administration graduate program. For more information about the exhibit and related programming visit the web page here.

The opening reception will be held at 7 p.m. March 30 in the library’s West Reading Room and includes a keynote address by Dr. Samuel Wheeler, Illinois state historian, titled “The Next 100: The Future of Public History in Illinois.”

The program description is as follows: “Throughout its statehood, Illinois has celebrated history in a myriad of ways. More than just the “Land of Lincoln,” Illinois boasts a rich heritage of investing in the past. State organizations such as the Illinois State Museum have been critical forces in preserving our shared cultural heritage for over 100 years. Today that legacy continues, as new organizations join with the old in pursuit of a more comprehensive and diverse historical narrative.

“As the state of Illinois approaches its bicentennial in 2018, perspectives and public support of history are constantly changing. The temporary closure of the Illinois State Museum last year, due to the budget freeze in Illinois, caused ripples in the museum community. History also faces challenges in Illinois schools, where it no longer remains an independent part of the curriculum. State historian Dr. Samuel Wheeler will discuss how the past shapes perspectives in Illinois today and how public history will face the challenges of the future as the state turns 200.”

During the spring semester, Booth Library’s regular hours are 8 a.m. to 1 a.m. Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and noon to 1 a.m. Sunday. For more information call 581-6072, or find the library on Facebook or Twitter.

Apr
5
Wed
Finding Yourself: Using Archives to Research Your Family Genealogy
Apr 5 @ 5:30 pm

Eastern Illinois University’s Booth Library will display the exhibit, “A Question of History: Public History in Illinois,” from March 30 through July 31, 2017.  The public is invited to view this exhibit at any time during the library’s business hours.

The exhibit was produced by students in EIU’s Historical Administration graduate program. For more information about the exhibit and related programming visit the web page here.

As part of the exhibit, “Finding Yourself: Using Archives to Research Your Family Genealogy” will be presented by Cayla Wagner, graduate student in the HA program.

The program description is as follows: “Ancestry is relevant to more people than just the rich and the famous. The family history of an EIU student is just as important and useful to historians and the larger historical narrative as that of Abraham Lincoln. Researching your family history strengthens connections, past and present, creating a sense of belonging and purpose. Your family helped make you who you are today; now you can do the same for future generations.

“This workshop will teach you how to begin your own family history. Attendees will learn good research habits, where to look for important documents and how to use the Illinois Regional Archives Depository located right here in Booth Library. Registration for this event is recommended, but not required. Please contact Elizabeth Papp to register for this event at eapapp@eiu.edu.”

During the spring semester, Booth Library’s regular hours are 8 a.m. to 1 a.m. Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and noon to 1 a.m. Sunday. For more information call 581-6072, or find the library on Facebook or Twitter.

Apr
10
Mon
Edible Book Festival
Apr 10 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Booth Library will sponsor its seventh annual Edible Book Festival on April 10 as part of National Library Week.

Anyone in the community may enter a work made out of edible materials that has something to do with books in either its shape or content. The artwork will not be eaten. To view entries from last year’s competition, click here.

Entries may be installed at the library after 3:30 p.m. April 10. Public voting will take place from 4 to 5 p.m., with the winners announced shortly after. The event is free and open to the public.

Awards will be presented in the following categories: Dean’s Choice, People’s Choice, Children’s Book Theme, Student Entry, Family Entry and Funniest Pun.

There is no fee to participate in or view this show; however, those planning to enter the contest must pre-register. The entry form is available here. Or, participants should send the following information: name; library/school/department (if applicable); phone number and email address; title of entry; and estimated size of the final piece (display materials will be provided based on this information).

All entries will automatically be entered into the Dean’s Choice and People’s Choice award categories. Please state if the entry also qualifies for the Children’s Book Theme, Student Entry, Family Entry or Funniest Pun categories.

Entry forms for the Edible Book Festival are due by April 6 and can be submitted online here. Entries also may be brought to Booth Library; emailed to library@eiu.edu; or mailed to the library at 600 Lincoln Ave., Charleston, IL 61920, Attn: Edible Books. For more information on the contest, call 581-8381.

A Keeper of History: Archeology, Public History and Preserving the Past
Apr 10 @ 5:30 pm

Eastern Illinois University’s Booth Library will display the exhibit, “A Question of History: Public History in Illinois,” from March 30 through July 31, 2017.  The public is invited to view this exhibit at any time during the library’s business hours.

The exhibit was produced by students in EIU’s Historical Administration graduate program. For more information about the exhibit and related programming visit the web page here.

As part of the exhibit, “A Keeper of History: Archeology, Public History and Preserving the Past” will be presented by Michael Wiant, director of Illinois State Museum.

The program description is as follows: “Wiant’s lecture discusses the intricacies of being a ‘Keeper of History.’ From excavating the Elizabeth Site nesting bowls to becoming interim director of the Illinois State Museum, Wiant has been involved in public history in a variety of ways. ”

During the spring semester, Booth Library’s regular hours are 8 a.m. to 1 a.m. Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and noon to 1 a.m. Sunday. For more information call 581-6072, or find the library on Facebook or Twitter.

Apr
12
Wed
Spring Book Sale
Apr 12 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Booth Library will host its spring book sale from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 12 outside the south entrance of the library.

A large selection of books in all subject areas and hundreds of paperback fiction titles will be available for purchase. All items have been donated by the campus and local communities.

Library staff requests no sales in advance. The proceeds from the sale are used to enhance library programs and services.

In case of inclement weather, the sale will be postponed. For the latest information on scheduling, check this website, or find Booth Library on Facebook or Twitter.

Asking the Question: A Guided Exhibit Tour
Apr 12 @ 5:30 pm

Eastern Illinois University’s Booth Library will display the exhibit, “A Question of History: Public History in Illinois,” from March 30 through July 31, 2017.  The public is invited to view this exhibit at any time during the library’s business hours.

The exhibit was produced by students in EIU’s Historical Administration graduate program. For more information about the exhibit and related programming visit the web page here.

As part of the exhibit, “Asking the Question: A Guided Exhibit Tour” will be presented by Aaron Martin and Hailey Paige, graduate students in the HA program.

The program description is as follows: “The process of creating an exhibit is a long one, involving many steps. Once a concept has been worked out, exhibit team members decide on an intended audience and survey people in that audience to see if the ideas of the exhibit are getting across. The exhibit team can then decide which artifacts to use to make the point, which may involve getting loans from other institutions.

“Exhibit development continues by refining the exhibit’s main idea, determining a budget, deciding how the exhibit will look, creating activities and events to go with the exhibit, and writing labels. Once these major components have been created, more analysis is done to make sure the public can understand them. Manufacturing elements of the exhibit, receiving loans and advertising usually come after that, and only after all of this is completed can the exhibit be installed.

“At this event, Aaron Martin and Hailey Paige will lead a special guided tour of A Question of History. During this time, they will highlight certain objects in the exhibit that are of particular interest, and tell the detailed stories of these artifacts and the institutions that care for them. They will also be available to answer questions about the process of creating A Question of History, as well as any specific questions about the exhibit itself. ”

During the spring semester, Booth Library’s regular hours are 8 a.m. to 1 a.m. Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and noon to 1 a.m. Sunday. For more information call 581-6072, or find the library on Facebook or Twitter.

Apr
19
Wed
Photos, Papers and Publications: Restoring Personal Documents
Apr 19 @ 5:30 pm

Eastern Illinois University’s Booth Library will display the exhibit, “A Question of History: Public History in Illinois,” from March 30 through July 31, 2017.  The public is invited to view this exhibit at any time during the library’s business hours.

The exhibit was produced by students in EIU’s Historical Administration graduate program. For more information about the exhibit and related programming visit the web page here.

As part of the exhibit, “Photos, Papers and Publications: Restoring Personal Documents” will be presented by Bob Bertrand, owner of Pensees Books.

The program description is as follows: “A large portion of public history, and history in general, involves preservation, conservation and restoration. Each one plays a crucial role in a museum, so that artifacts can survive for historians and the public for generations to come. A book is very different from a geode or a china dish, and so, too, are the needs of each object. They each require special attention and skills to care for. But what exactly are these needs and skills? How does a conservator protect paper? Can an old, crumbling book look brand new again?

“Hosted by Bob Bertrand, owner of local Pensees Books, this workshop familiarizes individuals with the basic materials and techniques used in the restoration of old book bindings and their contents. Attendees of the class will learn the true goal of restoration: to present a finished product that most closely resembles the original in both appearance and construction. Space is limited and a reservation is required. Please contact Hailey Paige to register for this event at hpaige@eiu.edu.”

During the spring semester, Booth Library’s regular hours are 8 a.m. to 1 a.m. Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and noon to 1 a.m. Sunday. For more information call 581-6072, or find the library on Facebook or Twitter.

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