Music in the Architecture

Feb 19 2013 6:00 pm

IHC Music in the Architecture

UPDATE 2-18-13: Unfortunately the presenter is very ill, so this program has been canceled.  We apologize for any inconvenience this causes.  We are working with the IHC (which sponsored the program) to set up another program for your enjoyment in the near future.  Thank you for your understanding.

Native Peoples Today

May 24 2014 1:00 pm

Mitchell MuseumComing to the Morris Area Public Library, the traveling Mitchell Museum offers a rich, hands on experience for all ages. Meet American Indian presenters and learn from their personal stories. Mitchell Museum docents go through a rigorous training process to provide an accurate, in depth interpretation of the museum's artifacts as well as Native American history and culture. Hands on materials show traditional and contemporary art and life-ways such as moccasins, baskets, pottery, furs, quillwork, beadwork and more! This program is free and open to all and is sponsored by the Edward D. Hatcher family in memory of Catherine L. Hatcher. Call 815-942-6880 for more information and to register.

"An Evening with the Lincolns"

Feb 25 2014 7:00 pm

THe Lincoln family"An Evening with the Lincolns" is sponsored by the Grundy County Historical Society and will be presented at the Morris Area Public Library.

Join President Abraham Lincoln and his wife, Mary, in their White House living room during April 1865. They'll reflect on the events of the past four years during the Civil War, chat about their future plans, and take you back to their lives together.

Played by living history re-enactors. The public is warmly invited. Refreshments will be served.

An Irish Immigrant's Song

Jul 25 2013 5:00 pm

Barry CloydIn the mid-1800's, at the time of the "Great Hunger", sometimes known as the Irish Potato Famine, the Mid-West was the western frontier of America. The influx of Celtic/Irish people in those times literally changed the face of America as they arrived seeking freedom and work on the great construction projects of the era.

Through ancient myth and song as well as some original pieces, Barry Cloyd presents the history and heart of the Celtic people who came to the Mid-West in search of liberty and opportunity.

Barry Cloyd is a Midwestern based, touring singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist, performing over 200 shows per year, who has spent a lifetime creating a performance style that weaves the genres of Blues, Folk, Celtic, Original and Roots music into a unique blend of his own. He has appeared in over 300 TV commercials and 70 industrial films. In addition, Barry has performed and toured in Ireland, England, Wales, Mexico, the Caribbean and much of the U.S. A strong vocalist and multi-insrtumentalist as well as a storyteller, theatrical performer and historian, Barry delivers his music on a multitude of guitars and other stringed insruments.

Register in person at the library or call (815) 942-6880.

Battles & Travels of the Fifty-fifth Illinois Volunteer Regiment

Aug 1 2013 6:00 pm

Civil War monumentThe Civil War was the first war in American history in which a substantial proportion of the adult male population participated. Almost every American would have known friends, family members, or neighbors who marched off to war, many never to return.

The 55th Illinois Volunteer Infantry Regiment was an infantry regiment that served in the Union Army during the American Civil War. Company I of the 55th originated in Grundy County. Mustering into service October 31, 1861, the 55th Illinois Regiment would see it's first action at the Battle of Shiloh.

Join local historians and presenters Patrick Rooney, Brian Nolan, and Phil Chesharek at this fascinating program to learn more about the battles and travels of the Fifty-fifth Illinois Volunteer Infantry Regiment.

To register call 815-942-6880 or visit the library in person.

Raiders of the Lost Books

Jul 30 2013 1:30 pm

Join us on Tuesday, July 30 at 1:30 PM for "Raiders of the Lost Books"!  Travel the mysteries of Illinois vaudeville, magic, comedy, and ventriloquism with Chris McBrien as Illinois Jones.  This program is for children entering 1st-5th grades; adult supervision is required.  No registration needed.

This program is sponsored by Mr. and Mrs. John Hynds.

 Raiders of the Lost Books

"Songs of the Civil War" Dulcimer Program

Aug 15 2013 6:00 pm

Phil Passen on hammered dulcimerFew musicians play the hammered dulcimer. Fewer still sing while accompanying themselves on this fascinating instrument, whose name means "beautiful song". Phil Passen does both.

The hammered dulcimer was popular in the United States during the Civil War, and music of that era seems right at home played on this unique instrument. Many tunes and songs in this program are still familiar today, such as When Johnny Comes Marching Home, Home, Sweet Home, The Battle Hymn of the Republic, and Tramp, Tramp, the Boys are Marching. Others, such as Lorena, Lincoln and Liberty, The Battle Cry of Freedom, The Marching Song of the First Arkansas Regiment, Shiloh Hill, and John Brown's Dream are less familiar but just as beautiful, rousing, and inspiring. This is a fascinating program of historical music.

Register by calling 815-942-6880 or visit the library.

Belle Boyd: Civil War Spy

Aug 29 2013 6:00 pm

 Belle BoydBelle Boyd declared her allegiance to the Confederacy early in the Civil War even though she lived in a Union stronghold.  By delivering information across enemy lines, she was instrumental in changing the outcome of some early Civil War battles.She was captured, spent time in jail (more than once) and went on to write her memoirs.  Later in life, she became an actress and traveled throughout England and the United States.  She died while on a speaking tour of the Midwest and she is buried in Wisconsin. 

On Thursday, August 29 at 6 p.m., Janet Gilleland from Accent on History will use a theater-styled presentation to engage the audience and bring Belle Boyd to life. 

This program is free and open to the public.  Call 815-942-6880 to register or stop in to the library.

The Night the Titanic Went Down

Mar 28 2013 6:00 pm
Mar 28 2013 7:30 pm

the titanicApril 14th 1912 - The Night the Titanic Went Down takes a look at the Titanic disaster and what it reveals about the various classes of society and the crew who were on the voyage: what their accomodations were like, their reasons for taking the voyage, who was most likely to survive, and what the Titanic teaches us about the end of the Edwardian era. The program will look at some of the well-known and lesser know personalities aboard that fateful night, and follow up with some of the survivors.

Rachael Mellen has over thirty years experience in genealogical research and teaching. Time will be allowed for questions following the presentation. Music and food samples are included. Register now!

Folk Traditions with Adam Miller

Apr 23 2013 6:00 pm

Adam Miller will be at the Morris Library on Tuesday, April 23 at 6:00 p.m. to present his program, Folk Traditions, to the Morris community.  This entertaining and interactive sing-along program introduces audiences to American folksongs and folklore.  Not only does the program aid in the development of cultural and historical literacy, it emphasizes the importance of history as a story well told.  People of all ages will have a great time learning about American folklore and folk traditions while singing along. 

One of the premier auto harpists in the world, Adam Miller is a renowned American folksinger and natural-born storyteller.  An accomplished folklorist, historian, musicologist, and song-collector, he has amassed a remarkable repertoire of over 5,000 songs.  Miller accompanies his rich, resonant baritone voice with lively finger-picking acoustic guitar and stunningly beatiful autoharp melodies.  A masterful entertainer who never fails to get his audience singing along, he has distinguished himself as one of the great interpreters of American folktales and folksongs, and as a performer who appeals to audiences of all ages. 

This program is free and open to the public.  Cal 815-942-6880 to register today. 

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