Share your political memorabilia
with the UIS History Harvest at the Old State Capitol
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[October 12, 2016]
The University of Illinois Springfield Department of
History is inviting members of the public to bring and share any and
all political memorabilia during a History Harvest at the Old State
Capitol. Students will photograph, scan and record the stories
behind the items in an effort to document the way that people in
central Illinois have participated in elections.
WHEN: Saturday, October 22, 2016, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
WHERE: Old State Capitol, 1 SW Old State Capitol Plaza, Springfield,
DETAILS: UIS students are asking people to share campaign
literature, brochures, letters, photographs, diaries, buttons and
bumper stickers related to the democratic process. Digital copies of
the items made during the event will be included in an online
exhibit and catalog. Participants will also have an opportunity to
tell the ‘harvesters’ the stories behind the objects.
History Harvest offers the opportunity to “put yourself in the
historical record.” By collecting information on the memories of the
local electorate, the project will provide a unique insight into how
ordinary citizens in central Illinois have participated in and
remembered the democratic process. Items from both the recent and
distant past are welcome.
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Students from UIS Assistant Professor of History Devin Hunter’s undergraduate
public history class and UIS Assistant Professor of History Kenneth Owen’s
graduate history and digital media class will lead the effort to digitize items
for the online digital exhibit. Illinois State Historian Dr. Samuel Wheeler will
be on site between 11 am and 1 pm. Students will also display items from the
Nelson O. Howarth Papers (Springfield Mayor, 1955-1959 and 1963-1971) and the
Kozeliski Campaign Button Collection, courtesy of the UIS Archives and Special
For more information, visit
http://www.uis.edu/ history/historyharvest/ or contact Devin Hunter at
217/206-7432 (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Kenneth Owen at 217/206-7439 (email@example.com).
[University of Illinois Springfield]