Freeport Library Lectures in American History Series Begins Feb. 12

FREEPORT, ILLINOIS — The Freeport Library Lectures in American History Series begins its 2020 season with a presentation by Dr. Sammy Ahmed, World History and Politics Instructor at Highland Community College. “Native Americans in the Great Lakes” will be the topic of Dr. Ahmed’s lecture, which will be held on Wednesday February 12 at 6:30 p.m. at the Freeport Public Library.

“A History of the Great Plains” will be the topic of Dr. Martin Quirk’s lecture on Thursday, February 20. 2020. Dr. Quirk is a history professor at Rock Valley College who specializes in social history.

The 2020 Series continues on Tuesday, February 25 when Alan Wenzel’s topic will be “The Mainline of Model Railroading: A Short History of Lionel Trains.” Mr. Wenzel, the former director of the Highland College Leadership and current co-host of Alan & Ed’s Film Club, frequently lectures on film history. In a chance of pace this year, he will highlight the historical journey of Lionel Trains and the role they have played in the American toy industry.

Dr. Shawn Shianna’s topic, “Spacesuits in History and Fiction,” will be presented on Monday, March 2. The series continues on Thursday, March 12 with James Winker’s lecture, “Nationalism at its Best: America During the Era of Good Feelings,” a look at a unique and short period between 1815 and 1828 when the U.S. was uncommonly united in purpose.

On March 17, Dr. Edward Finch discusses the hunt for Communists in the American film industry in late 1940s and early 50s in “The Hollywood Blacklist.” The series concludes Wednesday, March 25 with Dr. Andy Dvorak’s presentation, “Impeachment, Removal, and the Founders: Alexander Hamilton’s Explanation in The Federalist Papers.”

The Lectures in American History Series is hosted by the Freeport Public Library Foundation. All lectures begin at 6:30 p.m. and are open to the public free of charge. A question and answer session will follow each lecture. Refreshments are courtesy of the Foundation.

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