Paul Mickey Science Series: Recent Research and Preservation Efforts at Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site
ISM Research & Collections Center Wednesday, November 13, 2013, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Presented by William R. Iseminger, Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site
This presentation will discuss the prehistoric site of Cahokia Mounds and a number of recent research projects that have been taking place over the last decade, including excavations on the North Palisade, Mound 34, Feature X, Tract 15-B, Rattlesnake Mound and Causeway, and various remote sensing projects across the site.
Brownbag Lectures: MORE IS MORE: Victorian Fancy Work and Household Elegancies
ISM Research & Collections Center Wednesday, December 04, 2013, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Presented by Jim Zimmer, Director for Art and History, Illinois State Museum
In the last half of the 19th century, “proper” American homes became showrooms for hand-made ornamental objects that by today’s standards of interior decoration are curious, foreign and obsessive.Portieres,lambrequins and antimacassars were commonplace in parlors, and objects made from feathers, seeds and even human hair garnered admiration.Jim Zimmer delves into this period by examining the underlying causes and influences for the proliferation of American “home arts” and shares the diverse manifestation of Victorian fancywork and household elegancies.
Illinois State Museum, Springfield Saturday, December 14, 2013, 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
The Illinois State Museum invites families to come make winter-themed art at this month’s Super Saturday, Winter Craft Day, on December 14th from 11:00 am - 3:00 pm.These crafts could make great gifts or decorations, but most importantly they will be a lot of fun to create! Find out more ...
Handmade for the Holidays Art Spree
Illinois State Museum, Springfield Sunday, December 15, 2013, 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Still need to make that holiday shopping spree? This year, go on an Art Spree!
Paul Mickey Science Series: Camels, Carnivores, and Old Collections: Recent Adventures in Iowa Paleontology
ISM Research & Collections Center Wednesday, January 08, 2014, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Presented by Dr. Chris Widga, Illinois State Museum Curator of Geology
The fossil record of Illinois and Iowa is forever intertwined. Find out more ...
Brownbag Lectures: Five Decades at the Scrape: Observations on Variation in Whitetail Deer Breeding Patterns in Illinois
ISM Research & Collections Center Wednesday, January 08, 2014, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Presented by Alan D. Harn, Illinois State Museum-Dickson Mounds
Despite America's long held fascination with the whitetail deer (Odocoileus virginianus), rarely has there been an opportunity to carry out a study focusing on one aspect of whitetail behavior over a period of five decades in one location. Find out more ...
Super Saturdays at the Museum: Tusks, Teeth, and Tundra: Ice Age Giants
Illinois State Museum, Springfield Saturday, January 11, 2014, 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
The Illinois State Museum invites families to learn about the extinct giants you won't find in any zoo! Find out more ...
Story Time at the Museum: Winter Animals
Illinois State Museum, Springfield Monday, January 13, 2014, 10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Join us the second Monday of each month at 10:00 a.m. for a new program designed for preschool children ages 3-5 and their caregivers. Find out more ...
Brownbag Lectures: Prehistoric Forests, Fields, and Floods: An Ecological History of Cahokia's Emergence and Decline
ISM Research & Collections Center Wednesday, January 22, 2014, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Presented by Samuel E. Munoz, Ph.D. candidate, Department of Geography, University of Wisconsin-Madison
In A.D. 1050, Cahokia emerged in the central Mississippi River valley as a major agricultural and political center, and its abandonment by A.D. Find out more ...
Brownbag Lectures: Highlights of the Mississippian Installation at the Saint Louis Art Museum
ISM Research & Collections Center Wednesday, January 29, 2014, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Presented by: Amy Clark Curatorial Research Assistant Department of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas Saint Louis Art Museum
In 2013 the Saint Louis Art Museum reinstalled the permanent galleries of the Ancient American collection, devoting a large gallery to Mississippian artworks. Find out more ...
Carrol C. Hall Middle School Science Series: Museum Science 101
ISM Research & Collections Center Saturday, February 01, 2014, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Grades 6-8 Free Program & t-shirt Registration required ISM Research & Collections Center, 1011 E. Find out more ...
Brownbag Lectures: Changes in China in the Past Century: Culture, Education, Music and More
ISM Research & Collections Center Wednesday, February 05, 2014, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Presented by Hong Qian, Ph.D., Illinois State Museum
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.