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  • Tue., Jan. 21, 5:30-6:30 p.m.

    Lincoln Library

    326 S. Seventh St., Springfield Downtown

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    Four well-known local authors will share behind-the-scene surprises and discuss some of the unusual, humorous and perhaps scandalous historic facts and myth busters they've discovered as they delved into old records and dusty photos or conducted face-to-face interviews. Speakers are Mike Kienzler, Taylor Pensoneau, Cinda Ackerman Klickna and Tara McClellan McAndrews. Sponsored by the Sangamon County Historical Society. 217-652-1988
  • Fri., Jan. 24, 4-7 p.m. and Sat., Jan. 25, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

    Capital Area Career Center

    2201 Toronto Road, Springfield Lake Springfield Area

    Hosted by the Central Illinois Reading Council. Open to the public. Teachers are asked to bring their tax ID number. 529-5431 x164
  • Sat., Feb. 15, 9 a.m.

    Ginna's Cafe

    3801 S. MacArthur Blvd., Springfield Springfield Area

    FEBRUARY 2020 MEETING OF SHERLOCK HOLMES SOCIETY (January 20, 2020 – Springfield, IL) - Pondicherry Lodge, the Sherlock Holmes Society of Springfield and the west central Illinois area, will meet on Saturday, February 15, 2020 at 9 A.M. in Ginna’s Cafe at Scheel’s (the cafeteria on the first floor near the elevators), 3801 S. MacArthur Blvd. (near the corner of MacArthur and I-72), Springfield. The public is invited to attend. There will be a discussion of The Disappearance of Lady Frances Carfax. For more information, or more detailed directions, please call 546-8387. To learn more about Pondicherry Lodge, go… 217-726-6330
  • Mon., Feb. 24, 6-7 p.m.

    Lincoln Library

    326 S. Seventh St., Springfield Downtown

    Free

    The Louis Persinger Story. Join historians Ray and Pam Bruzan as they share highlights from the intriguing life of violin virtuoso Louis Persinger. A book signing by the author and illustrator will follow. 217-753-4900
  • Sat., March 7, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

    Lincoln Library

    326 S. Seventh St., Springfield Downtown

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    In the Defrates Reading Room. 217-753-4900
  • Tue., March 31, 6-8 p.m.

    UIS Brookens Auditorium

    1 University Plaza, Springfield Lake Springfield Area

    Free

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    In Search of Belonging by Jillian M. Báez explores the ways Latina/o audiences, but women in particular, understand and engage American mainstream and Spanish-language media. The innovative ethnographic analysis, informed by new evidence, that was done by Báez draws on the experiences of a diverse group of Latinas in Chicago. Through in-depth interviews, the women reveal their search for recognition and belonging through representations of Latinas in films, advertising, telenovelas, and TV shows. In Search of Belonging answers important questions about the ways Latinas see themselves and citizenship in today’s America. 217-206-6245
  • Wed., April 15, 6-8 p.m.

    UIS Brookens Auditorium

    1 University Plaza, Springfield Lake Springfield Area

    Free

    Spend an evening with Medal of Honor recipient Allen J. Lynch, and hear about his memoir Zero to Hero that features life lessons from bullies on the playground in the 1950s, to the enemy on the battlefield in Vietnam, to the demons of PTSD he’s battled since. Lynch is a native of Illinois,a combat veteran of the Vietnam War, and a Medal of Honor recipient, with a lifelong career of devoted service to U.S military veterans. 217-206-6245