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February 2019 Community Calendar

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February 2
Let’s Celebrate! Super Saturday (11:00am - 3:00pm; Illinois State Museum, 502 S. Spring Street, SPRINGFIELD)
Free with admission | Museum admission: $5 for adults ages 19-64; free admission for Members, youth, seniors, military, and veterans | The winter months can be pretty dull, but spring is on its way. Learn about late winter celebrations including Groundhog Day, Valentines Day, Presidents Day, spring solstice and more. Shake off the winter doldrums with crafts, games, and more.
Super Saturdays offer thematic activities recommended for children ages 5 and up each month. Activities take 30-40 minutes to complete and are included with Museum admission. Parents and families are encouraged to participate. For additional information, please contact events@illinoisstatemuseum.org or (217) 782-6044. Sponsored by Bank of Springfield.

February 6
“Go to the Lands of Darkness”: Female Education on Illinois Frontier, 1820-1850 (7:00 - 8:30pm; Illinois State Museum Auditorium, 502 S. Spring Street, SPRINGFIELD)
Free and open to the public | Between 1820 and 1850, women typically migrated to Illinois from New England and the Upper South as members of families. Without access to most professions, lines of credit, or political rights, unmarried women rarely had the means to seek opportunities in the West. Yet a handful of educated, single women answered calls for teachers. The networks and institutions they created shaped communities throughout the state and laid the foundations for the women's right movements.
Each month, the Paul Mickey Learning Series features a different speaker and topic in the Auditorium at the Illinois State Museum. For additional information, please contact events@illinoisstatemuseum.org or (217) 558-6696.

February 12
The Things We Share Story Time (10:00am - 11:00am; Illinois State Museum, 502 S. Spring Street, SPRINGFIELD)
Free with Museum admission | Museum admission: $5 for adults ages 19-64; free admission for Members, youth, seniors, military, and veterans | Come, celebrate African American History month at story time. Explore diversity and what we have in common through stories and craft! Story Time is designed for preschool children ages 3-5 and their caregivers. On the second Tuesday of each month, visitors will enjoy picture books, a craft, and objects from the Museum’s collections. For additional information, please contact events@illinoisstatemuseum.org or (217) 782-6044. Story Time is sponsored by Bank of Springfield.

February 14
Music at the Museum Series: The Deep Hollow (7:00pm; Illinois State Museum Auditorium, 502 S. Spring Street, SPRINGFIELD)
Fee: $10 adults, $8 Museum Members and Children under 12 | This terrific trio has been described as a "stripped-down, harmony-laden ode to Americana." The Springfield band makes it's Music at the Museum debut for a Valentine's Day concert. Micah Walk, Liz Eckert, and Dave Littrell combine great harmonies with excellent writing that propelled them to a big win in the American Songwriter Magazine songwriting contest in 2014 and an album that reached number three on the Folk DJ charts in 2016.
Music at the Museum is a monthly concert series produced by Chris Vallillo featuring the best in contemporary and traditional folk and acoustic music of all styles. Concerts are held the second Thursday of each month at 7:00 pm in the Museum auditorium. Tickets are available at the door. For more information on the featured acts and a full series schedule, visit www.ginridge.com/extras/music-at-the-museum For additional information, please contact events@illinoisstatemuseum.org or (217) 558-6696.

February 20
A Shape in Time and Space: The Migration of the Necked Discoid Gravemarker (12:00 - 1:00pm; Research & Collections Center, 1011 E. Ash St., SPRINGFIELD)
Brown Bag Program presented by Michael McNerney | Free and open to the public | Archaeologist and author Michael McNerney will discuss the results of over 22 years of field surveys and research on the humanoid-shaped, frontier-period folk gravemarker first discovered in Pope county Illinois. The study reveals the story of a uniquely shaped gravemarker brought by the first wave of immigrants to southern Illinois in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. His research continued to include 14 states in the southeastern U.S. and 4 foreign countries.
Mike McNerney was the staff archaeologist at the Southern Illinois University Museum and then a consulting archaeologist for an architectural firm before founding the American REsources Group Ltd., a cultural resource management firm based in Carbondale. His talk will be based on his book of the same title that will be for sale after the presentation.
Bring your lunch and join us for a different speaker and topic on the third Wednesday of each month. Brown Bag Lectures are held at the ISM Research & Collections Center at 1011 E. Ash St. in Springfield. The Collections Center’s new Ash Street entrance must be approached from 11th Street or further east due to the rail closure at Ash and 10 1/2 Streets. For additional information, please contact events@illinoisstatemuseum.org or (217) 558-6696.

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