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This is the first of a special Bicentennial Speaker Series offering nine programs about "The Culture and Heritage of Illinoisans." Nine programs will be offered between Feb. and Oct. 2018 under the sponsorship of the Academy of Lifelong Learning at Lincoln Land Community Collegel and the Illinois State Museum.
Dr. Samuel Wheeler will present "Two Centuries to Celebrate: Illinois at the Bicentennial," focusing on the ways our state has celebrated milestone anniversaries from statehood in 1818 through the centennial in 1918, as well as the sesquicentennial in 1968. Dr. Wheeler will discuss the ongoing bicentennial celebration plans and will help us remember what makes our state unique, which events are truly worthy of celebration, and the many Illinoisans who are worthy of admiration.
Dr. Samuel Wheeler is the 10th State Historian in Illinois history. He specializes in the history of the Prairie State, the Civil War Era, and the life and legacy of Abraham Lincoln. He has devoted much of his professional career to the field of Public History, assisting museums, historic sites, historical societies, documentary editing projects, libraries, and archives, helping them execute their missions effectively and efficiently. As the Illinois State Historian, Dr. Wheeler serves as the Director of Research, Collections, and Library Services at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield, is the historian of record for the state's 56 historic sites, and is a member of the state's Bicentennial Commission.