Monday, March 12, 2012

UIS Lunch & Learn Series presents "Illinois and the War of 1812"

The University of Illinois Springfield Alumni SAGE Society and Illinois State Historical Society will host “Illinois and the War of 1812” as part of its annual Lunch and Learn Series.

WHEN: Thursday, March 22 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

WHERE: Public Affairs Center (PAC) Restaurant, located on the lower level of the PAC on the UIS campus.

DETAILS: Dr. Mark Wagner, an archaeologist with research interests in the American frontier and Native American rock art, will share what has been learned from the excavation and analysis of artifacts left behind by the Native Peoples of the era. Gillum Ferguson, historian and author, will discuss life on the prairie frontier and the conflict between Native Americans, soldiers and settlers of the Illinois Territory.

The cost for the hot buffet lunch and program is $20/per person. Reservations are requested, as seating is limited. Seating is available in the back for those who do not purchase the luncheon buffet.

The final Lunch and Learn event of the semester, “Illinois – Overhead and Underfoot” will take place on April 19. Dr. Jeffery Saunders, curator and chair of geology at the Illinois State Museum, will take us back in time over 10,000 years to explore the Prairie State's vast geological past and extinct species such as mammoths and saber-toothed cats. Guy Sternberg, arborist, retired landscape architect and owner of Starhill Forest Arboretum, will discuss Illinois' shady past and the management of ancient and historic trees.

Visit to register online. For more information, contact the UI Alumni Association at UIS at 217/206-7395 or email

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