Event: Professor to Discuss Centennial Farms in Coles County

From the desk of Dr. Debra Reid:

A new book, Illinois Historic Farms (Acclaim Press, 2015) features stories of more than 800 centennial and sesquicentennial farms across the state of Illinois. Debra A. Reid, professor, Department of History, Eastern Illinois University, wrote the history of farming in Illinois for the volume. She will share information about the project and summarize key points about agriculture as it evolved in East Central Illinois. The farms designated as centennial or sesquicentennial farms in Coles County, and included in the book will be the basis for a conversation about the role of education, cultural influences, and types of business strategies essential to farm survival. In the spirit of conversation, the audience should bring their stories of farming to share with the audience.

This event will take place from 2:00-3:15 p.m. on Sunday, September 13 at the Dudley House (located at 895 Seventh Street, Charleston, IL 61920).

This program is part of the series, Community Conversations at the Dudley House, designed as public conversations about issues in local history, and funded by the Charleston Area Charitable Foundation. Programs include a 30-35 minutes presentation and time for questions and answers. Lite refreshments will be served.

Dr. Reid holds up a copy of Illinois Historic Farms.

Dr. Reid holds up a copy of Illinois Historic Farms.

The next program is scheduled the second Sunday of October (October 11). Mr. Ryan D’Arcy will speak on the topic: “Westfield College, Local Economic Development & Decay” starting at 2 pm.

Please contact the Coles County Historical Society at 217-235-6744 for more information.

Let’s Talk About It: Muslim Journeys at Booth Library this Spring Semester


Booth Library will present Let’s Talk About It: Muslim Journeys, a reading and discussion series, during the spring semester. Booth Library is one of 125 libraries and state humanities councils across the country selected to participate in the project, which seeks to familiarize public audiences in the United States with the people, places, history, faith and cultures of Muslims in the United States and around the world.

Professor Brian Mann of the History Department will be involved with many of the events which include but are not limited to a five part scholar-led book discussion series, film screenings and discussions, a research panel with History undergraduate and graduate students, an interfaith panel, and a panel discussion on veiling.

Those who are interested in participating in the book discussion series are encouraged to register by emailing Kirstin Duffin, project director, at kduffin@eiu.edu or click here to visit the library webpage. Patrons may participate in one or more of the book discussions. A limited number of complimentary books will be available to participants. Those who register will be given priority to receive a free copy of the book(s) to be discussed, along with other program materials. A full schedule of events can be found here.

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Let’s Talk About It: Muslim Journeys, a reading and discussion series, has been made possible through a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities in cooperation with the American Library Association.