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Public Events -- Illinois State Museum, Springfield

  Events, ISM Springfield   

Brownbag Lectures: Pueblo Katsina Religion
ISM Research & Collections Center
Tuesday, February 11, 2014, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Presented by Jonathan E. Reyman, Ph.D., Curator of Anthropology, Illinois State Museum

PLEASE NOTE: Brown Bag presentation will be held on TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 11, instead of the usual Wednesday date.

Find out more ...


Paul Mickey Science Series: LaSalle's Lasting Legacy in the Illinois Country
ISM Research & Collections Center
Wednesday, February 12, 2014, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Presented by Mark Walczynski, Starved Rock Educational and Historical Foundation; Illinois Valley Community College

The legacy of French explorer RenJ de La Salle is alive and well in today’s Illinois. Find out more ...


Brownbag Lectures: ONCE UPON A TIME IN ANTARCTICA
ISM Research & Collections Center
Wednesday, February 19, 2014, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Presented by Jeffrey Saunders, Ph.D., Curator and Chair of Geology, Illinois State Museum

In October 1965 three young men from Minnesota (Jeff Saunders, a geology student; John Folk, a botany student; and Pete McCarthy, a Boundary Waters vagabond) traveled to McMurdo Station, Antarctica (1) as part of the 1965/1966 US Antarctic Research Program support staff. Find out more ...


Celebrate Cultural Diversity
Illinois State Museum, Springfield
Saturday, February 22, 2014, 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Family Event
11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Free and Open to the Public

Join us for a celebration of Illinois' cultural diversity. Find out more ...


Brownbag Lectures: Mahasarakham Harmonicas: The Khaen mouth organ and other Thai musical instruments
ISM Research & Collections Center
Wednesday, February 26, 2014, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Presented by Dr. Sharon Graf, University of Illinois Springfield

This presentation introduces Thai culture and musical instruments including the Khaen mouth organ of NE Thailand and the Saw Oo coconut fiddle of the classical orchestra. Find out more ...


Brownbag Lectures: Tracing Thom Whalen's Influences & A Sneak Peak at some Protext Art!
ISM Research & Collections Center
Wednesday, March 05, 2014, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

ISM Curator of Art Robert Sill will discuss some of his research for his next two curatorial projects: FOCUS 4, THOM WHALEN and Protext Art: When Visual Art Meets the Written Word.

This slideshow will wander through some of the art by artists who have influenced FOCUS 4 artist Thom Whalen’s artistic oeuvre.  By examining the sources of the artist’s inspiration, we get a glimpse into his creative process and how those influences get combined into his unique production. Find out more ...


Super Saturdays at the Museum: Eagles, Falcons, & Hawks: Not Just Sports Teams
Illinois State Museum, Springfield
Saturday, March 08, 2014, 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM

From the trees in the forest to the trees along the highway, it's time to start seeing raptors! Find out more ...


Story Time at the Museum: Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss
Illinois State Museum, Springfield
Monday, March 10, 2014, 10:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Hear your favorite Dr. Suess books in honor of his birthday.

Join us each month for a program designed for preschool children ages 3-5 and their caregivers. Find out more ...


Paul Mickey Science Series: Spanish Entradas and Indian Roads: The 16th-Century Interior of the U.S. Southeast
ISM Research & Collections Center
Wednesday, March 12, 2014, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Presented by Dr. Kathryn Sampeck, Illinois State University

Several 16th-century accounts relate the expedition of Hernando de Soto and his army in the Southeast during the spring of 1540, as well as the forays of Juan Pardo and his soldiers in 1567. Find out more ...


Brownbag Lectures: Out of Beringia: Genetics, Paleo-ecology, and Archaeology
ISM Research & Collections Center
Wednesday, March 12, 2014, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Presented by John F. Hoffecker, INSTAAR/University of Colorado-Boulder & Illinos State Museum

Human geneticists argue that most Native Americans are derived from a population isolated from its source in Asia for thousands of years before dispersing in the Americas, and some suggest that the isolated population was located in Beringia during the Last Glacial Maximum [LGM] (i.e., “Out of Beringia” or “Beringian Stand-still” model).  Evidence has accumulated for decades that central Beringia supported a shrub tundra environment with some trees and experienced relatively mild temperatures during the LGM, apparently reflecting the effect of moist air from the North Pacific Ocean.  The central Beringian shrub tundra zone represents a credible LGM refugium for humans and may have been the only substantive source of wood at high latitudes during this interval (roughly 28,000 to 17,000 years ago).  The Yana River sites document human occupation of northwestern Beringia before the LGM.  The absence of archaeological sites dating to the LGM may be explained by the inundation of central Beringia after 12,000 years ago.  Sites dating to the post-LGM period include (1) an industry that is recently derived from Northeast Asia (Dyuktai) after 15,000 years ago, as well as (2) another industry or industries (Ushki-Nenana) that has no obvious antecedents outside Beringia and may be an archaeological proxy for the hypothesized “Beringia Standstill” population that occupied central Beringia during the LGM and subsequently dispersed southward to the Americas.

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Brownbag Lectures: The Academy of Science—St. Louis: Past & Present
ISM Research & Collections Center
Wednesday, March 19, 2014, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Presented by Carolyn Noe, Community Science Programs Outreach & Evaluation Coordinator

Founded in 1856 by twelve physicians, a lawyer, an engineer and a businessman, The Academy of Science of St. Find out more ...


Brownbag Lectures: Believe in Miracles: Osage-Orange
ISM Research & Collections Center
Wednesday, March 26, 2014, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Presented by Guy Sternberg, Starhill Forest Arboretum

This is the fascinating story of the Osage-orange tree, from the Pleistocene to the future. Find out more ...


"Shutterbugs: Overnight Camp In"
Illinois State Museum, Springfield
Friday, March 28, 2014 - Saturday, March 29, 2014, 7:00 PM - 7:00 PM

7:00 pm, Friday, March 28 to 8:00 am, Saturday, March 29
Grades 3-5
Early Registration by March 14: $50/Members, $65/Non members
Registration (after March 14): $60/Members, $75/Non members
$5 additional sibling discount for all registrants

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to spend the night in a museum? Join us for this year's overnight camp in at the Illinois State Museum! Find out more ...


Brownbag Lectures: A Rare and Elusive Mammal: Franklin's Ground Squirrel in Central Illinois
ISM Research & Collections Center
Wednesday, April 02, 2014, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Presented by Tih-Fen Ting, Ph.D., Department of Environmental Studies, University of Illinois at Springfield

Distributed widely over the northern Great Plains, Franklin’s ground squirrel (Poliocitellus franklinii) has a range extending from the central United States to southern Canadian Plains. Find out more ...


First Friday Event: Art + Science of Craft Beer
Illinois State Museum, Springfield
Friday, April 04, 2014, 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Art + Science of Craft Beer
TGIF! Indulge your taste buds and your mind First Friday, April 4 at the Illinois State Museum as we explore the art and science of craft beer – and drink – in Illinois. Find out more ...


Brownbag Lectures: Sex, Survival and Subsistence: Mortality Patterns in the Past
ISM Research & Collections Center
Friday, April 04, 2014, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Svenja Weise, Ph.D., Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Rostock, Germany, will give a Special Brown Bag Presentation on Friday, April 4, 2014 at Noon, in the Special Programs Room at the Illinois State Museum Research and Collections Center.

On average, women live longer than men today. Find out more ...


Paul Mickey Science Series: The Echoes of Their Wings: The Life and Legacy of the Passenger Pigeon
ISM Research & Collections Center
Wednesday, April 09, 2014, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Presented by Joel Greenberg, Research Associate at the Chicago Academy of Science's Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum and the Field Museum, Chicago, IL, and the author of A Feathered River Across the Sky: The Passenger Pigeon's Flight to Extinction.

The passenger pigeon was unlike any other bird. It probably numbered in the billions, making it the most abundant bird in North America if not the world. Find out more ...


Brownbag Lectures: Our Lasting Legacy: The Dickson Mounds Collection
ISM Research & Collections Center
Wednesday, April 09, 2014, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Presented by Dr. Michael D. Wiant, Director, Dickson Mounds Museum

Find out more ...


ILLINOIS STATE MUSEUM SPECIAL LECTURE
ISM Research & Collections Center
Thursday, April 10, 2014, 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Dr. Gary Haynes, Foundation Professor of Anthropology at the University of Nevada-Reno, will present "American Subsistance Choices During the Early Dispersal Era (a.k.a., Clovis and Proto-Clovis)."

Early Dispersal sites with adequate evidence about subsistence and diet during the period are widely scattered and cannot possibly be fair indications of a pan-continental Clovis-era "diet." Yet they do suggest a large-prey preference. Find out more ...


Super Saturdays at the Museum: What's the Buzz? Where are the Bees?
Illinois State Museum, Springfield
Saturday, April 12, 2014, 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Bees play a vital part in our environment and they are disappearing. Find out more ...


Story Time at the Museum: Our Earth
Illinois State Museum, Springfield
Monday, April 14, 2014, 10:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Listen to stories about our special planet in honor of Earth Day.

Join us each month for a program designed for preschool children ages 3-5 and their caregivers. Find out more ...


Brownbag Lectures: Fragile Relations: Art + Nature + Environment
ISM Research & Collections Center
Wednesday, April 16, 2014, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Presented by Jane Stevens, Associate Curator & Gallery Administrator, Illinois State Museum Chicago Gallery

Hear Jane Stevens, curator of the "Fragile Relations" exhibition, provide commentary on this exciting new exhibition at the Illinois State Museum. Find out more ...


Recycled Play Day!
Illinois State Museum, Springfield
Saturday, April 19, 2014, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

The Illinois State Museum invites you to come and play on Saturday, April 19 from 1:00 to 3:00PM in honor of Earth Day. Find out more ...


Brownbag Lectures: Travels in Tanzania: A travelogue of four Tanzanian National Parks
ISM Research & Collections Center
Wednesday, April 23, 2014, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Presented by Tracy Evans, ISM Research Associate in Zoology

Tracy Evans and her husband Andrzej Bartke recently went on a photo safari that included a three day wilderness hike. Find out more ...


Reuse & Rediscover
Illinois State Museum, Springfield
Saturday, April 26, 2014, 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM

The Illinois State Museum invites you to come and play at “Reuse & Rediscover” on Saturday, April 26 from 11:00AM to 3:00PM. Find out more ...


Brownbag Lectures: Aircraft, Archaeology and Ancient Places
ISM Research & Collections Center
Wednesday, April 30, 2014, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Presented by Alan Harn, Department of Anthropology, Dickson Mounds Museum

Archaeologists have long employed a variety of innovative techniques to better analyze and understand the lifeways of Illinois' earliest inhabitants. Find out more ...


First Friday Fiesta
Illinois State Museum, Springfield
Friday, May 02, 2014, 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Feel like there’s nowhere to DANCE when you get off work? Join us for a Latin-themed First Friday at the Illinois State Museum! Find out more ...


Brownbag Lectures: Are We So Different? Teaching About "Race" in an Anthropology Class
ISM Research & Collections Center
Wednesday, May 07, 2014, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Presented by
Dr. Lynn Fisher
Adjunct Research Associate, Anthropology, Illinois State Museum
Associate Professor, Sociology/Anthropology Department
University of Illinois at Springfield

This presentation discusses insights from two decades of teaching about misconceptions associated with "race" in college anthropology courses. Find out more ...


Super Saturdays at the Museum: Mimic the Masters
Illinois State Museum, Springfield
Saturday, May 10, 2014, 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be a Master Artist? Be inspired to create your own masterpieces at the Illinois State Museum on May 10, 2014 from 11a.m. Find out more ...


Story Time at the Museum: Visiting the Museum
Illinois State Museum, Springfield
Monday, May 12, 2014, 10:00 AM - 10:30 AM

A trip to a museum is cause for excitement. Find out more ...


Brownbag Lectures: Modern Paleoparasitology for the Ancient World
ISM Research & Collections Center
Tuesday, May 13, 2014, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Please note: Brown Bag will be held on TUESDAY, May 13 instead of the usual Wednesday.

Presented by
Angela Perri
Postdoctoral Fellow
Department of Human Evolution
Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology
Deutscher Platz 6, Leipzig, Germany

Archaeological paleoparasitology identifies parasitic remains (primarily eggs) excavated from archaeological contexts. Find out more ...


Paul Mickey Science Series: Purging for Purity: Black Drink Ceremonialism at 12th Century Cahokia
ISM Research & Collections Center
Wednesday, May 14, 2014, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Presented by Dr. Thomas E. Emerson, Illinois State Archaeological Survey

Black Drink is one of many caffeine-containing beverages consumed by people around the world.  Made from the parched leaves and stems of the yaupon holly, it was drunk in formal and ceremonial contexts by native societies across the southeastern United States. Find out more ...


"Satur-Play!"
Illinois State Museum, Springfield
Saturday, May 17, 2014, 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Every Saturday is Super!
Introducing Satur-Play! at the Illinois State Museum. Be drawn in by fun science experiments and art projects so entertaining and intriguing, you may forget you are learning too! Find out more ...


Brownbag Lectures: Ancestral Pueblo Architecture: Lessons for Today and Tomorrow
ISM Research & Collections Center
Wednesday, May 21, 2014, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Presented by Jonathan E. Reyman, Ph.D., Curator of Anthropology, Illinois State Museum

Find out more ...


"Satur-Play!"
Illinois State Museum, Springfield
Saturday, May 24, 2014, 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Every Saturday is Super!
Introducing Satur-Play! at the Illinois State Museum. Be drawn in by fun science experiments and art projects so entertaining and intriguing, you may forget you are learning too! Find out more ...


Summer Museum Passport Program
Illinois State Museum, Springfield
Monday, May 26, 2014, 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM

This program will run through August 17.

The Summer Museum Passport program is back! These fun search activities will help you look closer at the Museum’s exhibitions than you have before.

A new search will be available every two weeks. Find out more ...


Brownbag Lectures: A Lake in the Middle of the Ocean: Interpreting Past Tropical Pacific Climate Variability from Galápagos Lake Sediments
ISM Research & Collections Center
Wednesday, May 28, 2014, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Presented by Dr. Jessica Conroy, Assistant Professor, Departments of Geology and Plant Biology, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

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"Satur-Play!"
Illinois State Museum, Springfield
Saturday, May 31, 2014, 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Every Saturday is Super!
Introducing Satur-Play! at the Illinois State Museum. Be drawn in by fun science experiments and art projects so entertaining and intriguing, you may forget you are learning too! Find out more ...


Bob Steffan Summer Film Fest
Illinois State Museum, Springfield
Tuesday, June 03, 2014 - Wednesday, June 04, 2014, 10:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Growing Up Wild: It's a Hoot — Explore the world of raptors, from the fastest animal, the falcon, to eagles and owls.

The Bob Steffan Summer Film Fest films are shown on Tuesdays and Wednesdays in June and July at 10:00 A.M. Find out more ...


Bob Steffan Summer Film Fest
Illinois State Museum, Springfield
Tuesday, June 03, 2014 - Wednesday, June 04, 2014, 2:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Growing Up Wild: It's a Hoot — Explore the world of raptors, from the fastest animal, the falcon, to eagles and owls.

The Bob Steffan Summer Film Fest films are shown on Tuesdays and Wednesdays in June and July at 10:00 A.M. Find out more ...


Please note that event dates are subject to change.
To confirm dates, please call the appropriate site.

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