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The life and career of 'The Prairie Troubadour'

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[NOV. 6, 2004]  The Illinois Humanities Council is bringing a unique program to the Oasis senior center. The program is sponsored by Heartland Community College as a way to introduce senior citizens to a variety of educational programs available to members of the center.

William Furry, who is a member of the speakers bureau of the Illinois Humanities Council's Road Scholar program, will be the featured speaker. Furry serves as acting director of the Illinois State Historical Society and is an expert on the life and poetry of Vachel Lindsay, a poet and artist who grew up in Springfield.

In his program, Furry will examine the life and career of "The Prairie Troubadour" and demonstrate the power of poetic incantation in a delightful, informative and entertaining poetry-filled slide presentation. Furry has published numerous articles and essays for popular and scholarly publications and is the editor of Illinois Heritage Magazine.

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Dominic Dalpoas, executive director of the senior center, has scheduled the program for 1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 11 (Veterans Day), at the center. Oasis members and the general public are invited to attend.

In advance of the program, residents are invited to stop at the senior center or at Heartland's campus at 620 Broadway to pick up the recently published article "Vachel Lindsay: Springfield's Ambassador of Culture," written by Cynthia A. Fuener. The article is in the latest issue of Historic Illinois and provides excellent background information about the Lindsay's life and career.

[From Dan Cavallini, director of outreach,
Heartland Community College]

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