Illinois History:   Prairie State Reads!

Book Discussion Schedule


Join staff, volunteers, and patrons of the Presidential Library & Museum for a lively lunch hour discussion of Illinois history topics.  We meet on the third Tuesdays every other month, beginning at noon in the Library Classroom.  Two titles in the “Concise Lincoln” series will focus on Lincoln’s legacy and its effect on the aftermath of the Civil War.  Bruce Catton’s classic title on Appomattox will be reviewed and William Oliver’s advice to British immigrants to the Illinois territory will remind readers that the state’s Bicentennial is only 3 years away.  Jump to the neighborhoods of Chicago in the sixties with the brother of Mayor Emanuel and then be ready to learn about one of the worst mass transit disasters to strike the Windy City.  Wind down the year with a trip down our state’s western border on the Mighty Mississippi.  Resolve to read more about Illinois in 2015!

March 17

Bruce Catton.  A Stillness at Appomattox.  New York:  Anchor Books, 1990.

May 19

William Oliver.  Eight Months in Illinois, with Information to Immigrants.  Carbondale, IL: SIU Press, 2002.

July 21

Ezekiel J. Emanuel.  Brothers Emanuel: a Memoir of an American Family. New York:  Random House, c2013.

September 15

Craig Allen Cleve.  The Green Hornet Streetcar Disaster. DeKalb, IL:  Northern Illinois University Press, c2013.

November 17

Paul Schneider.  Old Man River:  the Mississippi River in North American Historyt.  New York:  Henry Holt, c2013 .