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Civil War Dress From the Inside-Out
Wednesday, October 13th, 7 p.m. CST (Zoom)
Just how many layers did 1860s women wear to achieve that bell-shaped silhouette? Join Illinois State Museum’s Curator of History Erika Holst to find out! Drawing upon examples of 1860s clothing from the ISM's collections, Holst will walk you through the many layers of women's dress, from chemise to shawl, and discuss the significance of each garment. A question and answer period will follow.
An engaging interview with author Catherine Clinton on her book Mrs. Lincoln: A Life
Wednesday, October 20th, 7 pm CST (Zoom)
Dr. Catherine Clinton, author of such notable works as the award-winning Harriet Tubman: The Road to Freedom and Mrs. Lincoln: A Life, which at publication was the first new biography of Mary Lincoln in over 20 years. In the words of Pulitzer-Prize winning historian Joseph Ellis, Mrs. Lincoln “is distinctive for its abiding sanity, its deft and in-depth handling of the White House years, and for the consistent quality of its prose.” Catherine Clinton holds the Denman Chair of American History at the University of Texas in San Antonio and is Professor Emerita at Queen’s University Belfast. She has served on the executive council of the Society of American Historians and on the Advisory Committee of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Bicentennial Commission, and she remains on advisory boards for Civil War History, Civil War Times, President Lincoln’s Cottage, and Ford’s Theatre. Don't miss out on what is sure to be a fascinating conversation!
"The story-telling power of a good recipe"
Wednesday, November 3rd, 7pm CST (Zoom)
Join us for some delicious conversation with author Rae Katherine Eighmey as we explore "The story-telling power of a good recipe"
Rae Katherine Eighmey loves the story-telling power of great recipes. In the years since she began cooking using hand-written cards discovered in the century-old family wooden file box, she has learned how to make old recipes work in modern kitchens.
She says that the process involves a lot of research and dirty dishes, but the rewards are incomparably delicious and informative. It often begins with questions. How do the ingredients reflect life and times? What can we learn about the history of the region or the nation? And, importantly, what do the dishes tell us about the people who cooked and ate them?
Eighmey came to her love of Abraham Lincoln as a child touring Springfield and New Salem. Then in 2006, her husband John asked the fateful question. “What do you think Abraham Lincoln enjoyed eating?” As the Thanksgiving turkey baked, she turned to their collection of Lincoln books and to begin to find the answers. Abraham Lincoln in the Kitchen was published by Smithsonian Books in 2013. Her most recent book also published by Smithsonian is Stirring the Pot with Benjamin Franklin. (Photo credit: Tom Thulen)