Brownbag Lecture Series

Weekly lectures held at the Museum's Research and Collections Center. Lectures are usually held during lunchtime on Wednesday. The RCC is located at 1011 E. Ash Street in Springfield. Access to the building is from 10 ½ Street (between Ash and Laurel Streets), where there is ample visitor parking in the west parking lot. For more information, please call 217-785-0037. Brown Bag Lectures are free and open to the public.

How We Lied to Get Statehood, and Other Funny Stories from Springfield and Illinois History

Book: Stories of Springfield: Life in Lincoln's Town
  • Research & Collections Center, Springfield
Special Programs Room
Wednesday, November 15, 2017 -
12:00pm to 1:00pm
Springfield writer and history columnist, Tara McClellan McAndrew, will discuss humorous incidents from our city's and state's past, and read light-hearted excerpts from her book, "Stories of Springfield: Life in Lincoln's Town."

Alligator Gar: An Overview of History, Research, and Prospects in Illinois

Alligator Gar
  • Research & Collections Center, Springfield
Special Programs Room
Wednesday, September 20, 2017 -
12:00pm to 1:00pm
The alligator gar is a “living fossil” and an important predator in freshwater ecosystems within their native range. After nearly 50 years of extirpation from our rivers, the IDNR has begun reintroducing this fish in coordination with other states.

The Nature Conservancy’s Emiquon: Restoring Functional Floodplain for Nature and People

  • Research & Collections Center, Springfield
Special Programs Room
Wednesday, April 19, 2017 -
12:00pm to 1:00pm
In 2007, after six years of planning and site preparation, The Nature Conservancy began restoration of functional floodplain at its 6,700-acre Emiquon Preserve along the Illinois River.

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