The full title is "Binding Our State Together: Canals, Railroads, Postal Services and Roads."
This is the fourth of a special Bicentennial Speaker Series offering nine programs about "The Culture and Heritage of Illinoisans," under the sponsorship of the Academy of Lifelong Learning at Lincoln Land Community College and the Illinois State Museum. Additional support is provided by Illinois Humanities.
SUMMARY: People and communities seek to connect themselves with one another through modes of transportation and communication for cultural, economic, and political reasons. Soon after Illinois became a state in 1818 and increasingly during the following decades, the state endeavored to bind its different regions together through infrastructure. Such linkages have vastly expanded the dimensions of the lives of individuals and groups throughout our state. They have also helped to unify Illinois in certain respects and contributed to its character and identity.
BIO: Norman Moline, a Chicago native and a historical geographer, taught for 45 years at Augustana College in Rock Island. He was instrumental in founding the first American college-level study-abroad program in China, as well as the interdisciplinary Asian studies and environmental studies programs at Augustana. His research, writing, and teaching interests also include natural resource management, Sweden, Illinois, and the Great Lakes, and he has been involved in civic and environmental activities in the Quad Cities.