Friday, April 20, 2018

Story of Illinois from the ISM

ISM Launches “Story of Illinois” Website as Part of Illinois Bicentennial Celebration

SPRINGFIELD, IL – The Illinois State Museum (ISM) is highlighting artifacts that tell the story of Illinois’ rich heritage as part of the state’s Bicentennial celebration.

They partnered with the Illinois Association of Museums to launch the “Story of Illinois” website, featuring objects from the ISM Illinois Legacy Collection, as well as collections from other museums across the state that help bring the state’s heritage to life.

“The collections from museums in Illinois help tell the unique story of Illinois, from statehood 200 years ago and beyond,” said Illinois State Museum Interim Director Robert Sill. “The new ‘Story of Illinois’ website will allow anyone to go online and sample some of the best of Illinois history, art, culture, and science.”
The new website, built by the ISM, previews some objects that will be on display in the “Bicentennial and Beyond:  The Illinois Legacy Collection” exhibition, which will open at the Illinois State Museum in Springfield on June 30. 

“You will find some rare, quirky, and beautiful objects on the website, such as the Lone Ranger’s saddle used by Brace Beemer from the Wabash County Museum, a ceremonial war club used by the Potawatomi Indians from the Chicago History Museum, a painting by Illinois native and American Impressionist Ivan Summers from the Cedarhurst Center for the Arts, and a photoelectric relay used at the Chicago Century of Progress Exposition of 1933-34,” said Illinois Association of Museums President Karen Everingham. “Each item has its own story to tell.”

While Illinois became a state 200 years ago, the collections held by Illinois museums help tell a story of Illinois dating back approximately 500 million years.  From animals, fish, insects and plants to minerals, jewels, paintings, manuscripts, stone tools and fossils – the “Story of Illinois” website will feature some of the best artifacts and treasures from the collections of the participating museums.

Objects will be added to the website regularly during the celebration of the Illinois Bicentennial this year and promoted through the ISM Facebook page.
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Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Princeville's Kindness Rocks Garden

Last year, the Lillie M. Evans Library, the Princeville Civic Association, and Village Foods started a Kindness Rocks Garden in Princeville. Kindness Rocks Projects have been springing up across the country to encourage, to inspire and to promote good will. The impetus around the project is that one message at just the right time can change your entire day, outlook, or life.  

We purchased a ton of rock and placed it in the long planter in front of Village Foods. The LME Library has been hosting rock painting sessions every month since October 2017.  Our next painting programs are January 31 at 11am and February 21st at 3pm.  We provide all the supplies, just bring your artistic talent! Participants can paint a positive message on a rock and hide it around Princeville.

Even if you don't join us for a painting program, feel free to take a rock, paint a positive/inspirational message, return it to the rock garden or leave somewhere else to share some happiness. Please use hashtags: #WTPRocks & #LME on the rocks you paint and when posting to social media so we can follow your rock’s journey. Spread the kindness and inspire others, one rock at a time.

Friday, August 25, 2017

90th anniversary of the LME Library-Princeville Reads

The Lillie M. Evans Library District is celebrating our 90th anniversary this year, and we continue with our special anniversary programming. In the month of September, we will host Princeville Reads. Princeville Reads is a community-wide reading and discussion program focusing on the book, One Summer: America, 1927 by Bill Bryson.  In One Summer, Bill Bryson, one of our greatest and most beloved nonfiction writers, transports readers on a journey back to one amazing season in American life.  This book is especially relevant since the LME Library was founded in 1927. Starting September 1st, ten copies of the book will be given away to the first Princeville Reads participants and additional copies will be available for checkout at the LME Library.

During Princeville Reads, we will also have several programs that focus on the 1927 time period.  These programs include:

Drone Aircraft on September 7th 6:30pm—in 1927, Charles Lindbergh made aviation history by completing the first solo nonstop flight, but with the technological changes over the last 90 years, now anyone can fly!  Drones have many applications and they're only getting smarter, more powerful and less expensive. Many farmers are joining the trend by using drone sensors and robotics to supply data for agriculture.  Our speaker, Dean Poignant is a commercially licensed drone pilot.  He will discuss the many uses for drones, purchasing drones, and drone safety. If the weather cooperates, there will also be a flying demonstration to illustrate their capabilities.

Family Movie Night on September 11 6:30pm—join us for a family movie night featuring Laurel & Hardy and Our Gang. The movie night will be approximately 1 hour in length and appropriate for all ages. Laurel & Hardy were a comedy duo that became well known during the late 1920s through the mid-1940s for their slapstick comedy. They appeared as a team in over 100 films—some of them silent films. Our Gang, also known as The Little Rascals, was a series of comedic short films about a group of poor neighborhood children and their adventures. The franchise began in 1922 as a series of silent short subjects and was converted to sound in 1929. In total, the Our Gang series includes 220 shorts, one feature film, and featured over 41 child actors.

Ice Cream Social/Concert on September 17 3:00pm at Stevens Square—in case of bad weather, the program will be moved to the LME Library. Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy a concert from the Kewanee Community Band. Ice cream socials are a traditional gathering dating back to the 18th century and their popularity only increased when modern refrigeration became common in the 20th century.

Book Discussion on September 28 3pm—this program is for anyone interested in discussing the book, One Summer: America, 1927 by Bill Bryson. All readers are encouraged to attend the discussion session.

So join us for all the programs or just one but remember that Princeville Reads!