Eastern Illinois University’s Booth Library will debut a new exhibit, “A Question of History: Public History in Illinois,” on March 30, 2017.
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 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.
“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 exhibit programming please visit here.
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