This program is co-hosted with the Glen Ellyn Historical Society and partially supported through a grant from the Illinois Humanities Council.
The story and celebration of the four dozen unsung black women who worked as computers, mathematicians, scientists, and engineers from 1943 to 1980 for the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) and its successor, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
Leslie Goddard as Alice Paul, one of the most dynamic leaders in the fight to win votes for women.
May Thielgaard Watts, Chicago area naturalist, educator and author, presented by Lyn Myer. Free event.
Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President
by Candace Millard
Millard focuses her formidable research and narrative skills on the shooting of president James Garfield and his death, 79 days later, from the misguided medical care he received. Millard has found compelling characters and narrative drama in historical events that have been largely overlooked.
“I found him very admirable and I found it a real loss to the nation that he’s been forgotten. I think there’s a lot we can learn from him and from this tragedy.” Christian Science Monitor Interview, Oct. 4, 2011
The Witches: Salem, 1692
By Stacy Schiff
With devastating clarity, the textures and tensions of colonial life emerge; hidden patterns subtly, startlingly detach themselves from the darkness. Schiff brings early American anxieties to the fore to align them brilliantly with our own. In an era of religious provocations, crowdsourcing, and invisible enemies, this enthralling story makes more sense than ever.
The Witches is Schiff 's riveting account of a seminal episode, a primal American mystery unveiled-in crackling detail and lyrical prose-by one of our most acclaimed historians.
The great-great granddaughter of Sheldon Peck, Lisa Mertz, an expert on local flora will be discussing the various plants and flowers indigenous to the Sheldon Peck homestead.
Opening reception for our new exhibit featuring Steve Spoden's photographs. Steve has been taking photos for the Lombardian for 50 years. Refreshments will be provided. $12 members; $15 non-members.
McDowell Grove Forest Preserve was home to a Civilian Conservation Corps, a signal corps school for radar technology, and even a communications school for the Office of Strategic Services, America’s World War II spy agency and precursor to the CIA. Discover this preserve’s intriguing history through this program featuring historic photographs and documents.
Free, but please RSVP due to limited seating.
Lincoln's Greatest Case
By Brian McGinty
Re-creating the Effie Afton case from its unlikely inception to its controversial finale, McGinty brilliantly animates this legal cauldron of the late 1850s, which turned out to be the most consequential trial in Lincoln's nearly quarter century as a lawyer. Along the way, the tall prairie lawyer's consummate legal skills and instincts are also brought to vivid life, as is the history of steamboat traffic on the Mississippi, the progress of railroads west of the Appalachians, and the epochal clashes of railroads and steamboats at the river’s edge.
Lincoln's Greatest Case is legal history on a grand scale and an essential first act to a pivotal Lincoln drama we did not know was there.