Webinar Archive

Greetings Museum members and friends! We hope you are able to participate in the webinars, but if the dates and times of the webinars don't work out for your schedules, no worries! We will post them here for you to enjoy at the time most convenient for you.


Webinar Resources

1st Black Firehouse in Springfield, Illinois

Join the Springfield and Central Illinois African American History Museum as Kathryn Harris interviews Ken Page about the 1st Black Firehouse in Springfield. The First Black Firehouse in Springfield was constructed in 1901 and was dedicated as the First Black Firehouse for African American Firefighters and the only firehouse in the city where African American Firefighters were allowed to work. The men from this firehouse answered the fire alarm for the homes that were torched during the Springfield, Illinois 1908 Race Riot. The tragedies from this event lead to the formation of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).

During the presentation many asked how they can support the Firehouse efforts. The Central 3 Community First Project, Inc (501c3) at 1310 East Adams Street, Springfield, 62703. For the restoration of the 1st Black Firehouse. You can also reach Ken Page @ kenpage1@comcast.net

"Driving the Green Book"
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!

Driving the Greenbook

Route History

New Book Release, “U.G.L.Y.”

In this webinar we hosted 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.

Eva Carroll Monroe and the Lincoln Colored Home
AAHM and The Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum

UIS Lunch and Learn:
African American History Makers

Eva Carroll Monroe and the Lincoln Colored Old Folks and Orphans Home presented by Dr. Mary Frances, Artist, Professor and Documentarian.

Walter Thomas Bailey: The First Licensed African-American Architect in the State of Illinois presented by Kent Massie, Principal Planner and Landscape Architect, Massie, Massie & Associates.

Moderator: Kathryn Harris, Historian, Librarian and Community Leader

Link to recorded webinar: https://uis.mediaspace.kaltura.com/media/t/1_rwuckzhk