What’s New in the History Department

UIS Unveils “The Young Lawyer.”

20160510_115219 Today UIS welcomes a new sculpture of a smiling young Lincoln crafted by George Lundeen. History Department faculty members Dr. Holly Kent and Dr. Michael Burlingame helped bring this beautiful sculpture to our campus. Dr. Kent served as a member of the sculpture advisory board and Dr. Burlingame advised Mr. Lundeen on Lincoln’s personality, traits, and history. Lincoln signed the Morrill Land Act on July 2, 1862 which provided the resources for creating the University of Illinois. In 1867, University of Illinois was established  for the “purpose of fostering access to higher education for the working people” a continuing goal of UIS.

UIS Community Event: Master class on Lincoln, Reconstruction, and Civil Rights.

Dr. Michael Burlingame lecture "Lincoln & Reconstruction" master class. Dr. Michael Burlingame lecture “Lincoln & Reconstruction” master class.

Dr. Michael Burlingame, Chancellor Naomi Lynn Distinguished Chair in Lincoln Studies, presented a preview of his 2016 Lincoln Legacy Lecture to his master class and the UIS community on April 20th. Dr. Burlingame framed the problem as follows:

“The Reconstruction period after the Civil War saw a valiant attempt to make the promise implicit in the Emancipation a living reality. How and why did it fail in the nineteenth century, but laid the ground work for the Civil Rights Movement of the twentieth century?”

The full Lincoln Legacy Lecture will be October 20, 2016 featuring Dr. Burlingame and guest lectures Dr. Allen Guelzo from Gettysburg College and Dr. Brooks Simpson from University of Arizona.

Historic Environmental Preservation Class Hosts IHPA’s Amy Hathaway HIS 505 IHPA Amy Hathaway 2-18-2016

In February, 2016, Amy Hathaway, National Register and Survey Specialist for the  Illinois Historic Preservation Agency visited Dr. Devin Hunter’s Graduate Public History course, HIS: 505. Hathaway provided practical and technical knowledge for students to apply in their final projects for their Historic Environmental Preservation class and in their future historical careers. The final project will require the graduate students to either draft a National Register nomination of a property of their choice, or on behalf of the IHPA they will revise an old nomination of a well-known Springfield historic property

Graduate Students Collaborate with Illinois Executive Mansion

Dr. Devin Hunter’s Material Culture class visited the Illinois Executive Mansion on September 16, 2015. The Graduate students are collaborating with the Executive Mansion to accurately identify, classify, analyze, and interpret artifacts owned and displayed in the Governor’s Mansion. Their reports are being shared with the Executive Mansion staff.

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Ken Owen Hosts Monthly Podcast on Early American History

Dr. Ken Owen hosts a monthly podcast on subjects relating to early American History. A few subjects covered recently include: “The Constitution,” “Thomas Paine and Common Sense” and “Teaching the U.S. History Survey.” Click here to find the podcasts and discover why they get rave reviews!

The JuntoCast is part of a group blog named after Benjamin Franklin’s self-improvement club for aspiring gentlemen: The Junto.

Check out Dr. Owen’s contributions to the blog.

Visit The Junto website.

Michael Burlingame: How Journalists Covered Abraham Lincoln

Dr. Michael Burlingame, the Chancellor Naomi B. Lynn Distinguished Chair in Lincoln Studies at the University of Illinois Springfield discusses “How Journalists Covered Abraham Lincoln”.

Bill Siles studies urbanization and western migration

University of Illinois Springfield Associate Professor of History Bill Siles studies urbanization and western migration during the late 1700s and early 1800s.

Peter Shapinsky researches ancient Japanese pirates

Assistant Professor of History Peter Shapinsky researches Japanese pirates from the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. His research is unique because it allows historians to understand Japanese history from the perspective of the sea. While pirates were often labeled as violent criminals, they also helped to establish trade routes, transport goods and provide protection.

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