Valiant Women: Silent no more, through God, faith and perseverance we rise
Mar 18 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Valiant Women: Silent no more, through God, faith and perseverance we rise
Join us as we host the authors of the book, “U.G.L.Y.” Uncovering Gods Love for You. TEN WOMEN. TEN MOMENTS IN TIME. TEN STORIES OF TRUE RESILIENCE. Celebrated for her strength and expected to carry the weight of the world on her shoulders, a woman is rarely given the permission or place to grieve. As a mother, daughter, partner, giver, and creator, she is supposed to keep going—to hold herself, her family, and everyone else together without ever stopping to tend to her own heart or tears. Yet, she remarkably always finds the will to continue to make a way. U.G.L.Y II is a glimpse of the lives of ten women during the darkest hours of their lives. It features a moving collection of stories of survival and strength from women from all walks of life. Faith tested and spirits broken, each woman tells her profoundly personal story of how she overcame the unexpected, discovered a strength she didn’t know she had and pieced her peace back together with courage and grace. With passion and honesty, this book encourages us all to be more vulnerable, open, and grateful for the gift of life. Each story will inspire you to keep going, to keep praying, and, most importantly to keep living, through life’s toughest trials.
The African American History Bowl Final Round
Mar 27 all-day

Final Round of the Competition The African American History Bowl

Camp Butler National Cemetery Then and Now
Apr 6 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

April 6th Camp Butler National Cemetery Then and Now 7 p.m. CST

Camp ButlerJoin us as Joseph Wheeler, Foreman of Camp Butler discusses with us the its rich history and its current mission. Camp Butler National Cemetery is located in Sangamon County near Riverton, Ill., and occupies a portion of what was the second-largest military training camp in Illinois during the Civil War.

In 1861 the current Training Camp Yates in the Springfield area was not going to be sufficient to train the surge of incoming troops after the defeat of Bull Run and the President Lincoln’s call for 500,000 more men. The original camp was on the banks of Clear Lake but with the logistics of troops and supplies it was decided to move the camp closer to the railway. In Dec of 1861 the camp was moved to the current location. This new location with the railway so close provided for an easier time to receive troops and supplies. In Feb of 1862 the first prisoners were transported to Camp Butler from the fall of FT. Donelson. Two Thousand Confederate troops were the first prisoners to be held at Camp Butler, this number would group to over ten-thousand troops by the end of the war. The last confederate troops left in Feb 1863 leaving 866 buried there.  Mr. Wheeler will also discuss the rich history of colored troops that were also present at Camp Butler.   Camp Butler is proud that there is no segregation of white and black troops from the very beginning.

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Negro League Baseball Exhibit
Sep 4 – Oct 30 all-day

The Negro League Baseball Exhibit will be at the Springfield and Central Illinois African American History Museum.