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January 2019 Community Calendar

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January 2
Dendrochronology: Applications in Historic and Prehistoric Archaeology (7:00 - 8:30pm; Illinois State Museum Auditorium, 502 S. Spring Street, SPRINGFIELD)
Free and open to the public | Dendrochronology, commonly known as tree ring dating, has been in use since the 1920’s. The science has broad applications to archaeology, ecology, and climatology. This presentation will discuss the tools used, the collection of cores, the analysis of cores, and one historic application.
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.

Tales from the Vault: Prohibition (12:30 - 1:30pm; Research and Collections Center, 1011 E. Ash St, SPRINGFIELD) Tales from the Vault Program moderated by Erika Holst, Curator of Art and History, Illinois State Museum | Free, Donations Appreciated | The 18th amendment to the US Constitution banning the production, transport, and sale of intoxicating liquors was ratified on January 16, 1919. One hundred years later, join us as Erika Holst shares liquor-related artifacts from the Illinois State Museum's collections to trace the history of alcohol consumption and the temperance movement in America, from Colonial times to the repeal of Prohibition.
"Tales from the Vault" is a collaborative program hosted by the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum and the Illinois State Museum which allows the public to discover some of the treasures from these institutions' collections. Each program will include the chance to view an artifact or document not normally on display, commentary by a staff member or local scholar, and a chance for group discussion. All programs are free and open to the public.
The Research & Collection Center is located at 1011 E. Ash Street in Springfield. 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.

January 5
Collections Super Saturday at the Illinois State Museum (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 | Have you ever thought about starting your own collection? Come learn about all the different things you can collect and how collections are maintained at home and in museums! You will learn how to display a collection as well as many different ways a collection can be sorted. Join the Illinois State Museum for crafts and activities all about collections!
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.

January 5
Junior Collectors Day at the Illinois State Museum (1:00pm - 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 | In conjunction with the Collections Super Saturday, view the collections of local children and teens. Collectors ages 8-16 will display their collections and tell the stories behind their fascinating objects. Collections may include coins, toys, art, sports memorabilia, and more.
Children ages 8-16 can register to display their collections by December 31 at bit.ly/jrcd2018 or by contacting Sarah Davis at events@illinoisstatemuseum.org or (217) 782-6044. The Museum will provide a table, tablecloth, and sign for each collector. No buying, selling, or trading may take place.

January 8
Mammoth Story Time at the Illinois State Museum (10:00 - 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 | Woolly Mammoths lived a long time ago when Illinois was covered with ice. Learn more about these ice age creatures with stories, a craft, and objects from our collection.
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.

January 10
Music at the Museum Series: Autoharp Legend Bryan Bowers (7:00pm; Illinois State Museum Auditorium, 502 S. Spring Street, SPRINGFIELD)
Fee: $10 adults, $8 Museum Members and Children under 12 | For over five decades, Bryan Bowers has combined instrumental virtuosity with warmth, eloquence, and expression. Wholly self-taught, Bowers was inducted into the Autoharp Hall of fame in 1993 and was named Frets Magazine’s autoharp player of the year 5 times in a row.
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.

January 16
Brown Bag Lecture: Fireflies (12:00 - 1:00pm; Research & Collections Center, 1011 E. Ash St., SPRINGFIELD)
Free and open to the public | Join us for a dose of summer during the January Brown Bag. The Museum of Science in Boston hosted a citizen science project called “Firefly Watch” from 2008-2016. Adult firefly flashes along with information on the habitat and weather conditions of the observations were collected from more than a dozen foreign countries and 40 of 48 contiguous United States. Dr. Tracy Evans began her research as a Firefly Watch participant. Then she and her colleagues went on to use data from the publicly available database to analyze the relationship of firefly abundance to the weather variables of temperature, precipitation, and soil moisture. Dr. Evans will present general information about fireflies and the results of her research project.
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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