Driving the Green Book Webinar
Feb 10 @ 7:00 pm
Alvin Hall and Janée Woods Weber on their living history podcast, Driving the Green Book   
In the summer of 2019, award-winning broadcaster Alvin Hall and activist and social justice trainer Janée Woods Weber hit the road, driving 2,021 miles from Detroit to New Orleans collecting personal stories from Black Americans who used the Negro Motorist Green Book during segregation and Jim Crow to navigate trips, patronize Black-owned businesses, and create communities in the face of institutionalized racism. They transformed these recollections (some heartbreaking, some uplifting, but all incredibly moving) into the Driving the Green Book podcast, providing essential historical and human context to life as a Black American during segregation and in today’s world.
In this webinar, Alvin and Janée will share:
1. Why they chose Detroit as the starting point of their Green Book-inspired journey.
2. The vibrancy and distinction of each Black community they visited, as well as the inspiring resilience and entrepreneurship that was at the heart of each business center.
3. Memorable stories of people traveling in their towns and interstate during the time the Green Book was being published.
4. The moving insights they gained about how Black families protected their children from the hurt and horror of racism.
5. The legacy of the Green Book in the ongoing fight for social justice
How and why they turned their travels into a living history podcast
Springfield and Central Illinois have their own stories of Black tragedy, and resilience along the Historic Route 66 highway and we will learn more about those, too. We hope you will join us and invite your friends!
Conversations with Author Dr. Thavolia Glymph
Feb 24 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Feb 24th Conversations with Author Dr. Thavolia Glymph 7 p.m. CST

Dr. Thavolia Glymph
Thavolia Glymph will join us to discuss her latest book, “The Women’s Fight”. In this book, ThavoliaGlymph provides a comprehensive new history of women’s roles and lives in the Civil War–North and South, white and black, slave and free–showing how women were essentially and fully engaged in all three arenas. Glymph focuses on the ideas and ideologies that drove women’s actions, allegiances, and politics. We encounter women as they stood their ground, moved into each other’s territory, sought and found common ground, and fought for vastly different principles. Some women used all the tools and powers they could muster to prevent the radical transformations the war increasingly imposed, some fought with equal might for the same transformations, and other women fought simply to keep the war at bay as they waited for their husbands and sons to return home.
Glymph shows how the Civil War exposed as never before the nation’s fault lines, not just along race and class lines but also along the ragged boundaries of gender. However, Glymph makes clear that women’s experiences were not new to the mid-nineteenth century; rather, many of them drew on memories of previous conflicts, like the American Revolution and the War of 1812, to make sense of the Civil War’s disorder and death.  Dr. Glymph is a professor of history and law at Duke University.

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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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