FREEPORT, ILLINOIS — Rock Valley College Professor Martin Quirk’s presentation for the Freeport Library’s Lectures in American History Series was rescheduled from February 20 to this Thursday, March 12, at 6:30 p.m. Dr. Quirk’s topic is “A History of the Great Plains.”
Dr. Quirk began teaching at then-Rock Valley Community College in 1998. He first spoke to a Freeport audience in the 2006 History Series, when his topic was “Kansas after the Civil War.” Subsequent lectures have included “Underappreciated Events that Shaped American History” (2010), “Women Homesteaders on the Prairie” (2011), and “To the Dark Continent: American Adventures in Africa 1800-1945” (2012). In his most recent appearance (2018), he discussed the challenges the United States military faced in the post-Vietnam era.
There are two lectures in the 2020 American History Speaker Series following “A History of the Great Plains.” On March 17, Dr. Edward Finch talks about “The Hollywood Blacklist.” Dr. Andy Dvorak’s March 25 program, “Impeachment, Removal, and the Founders,” concludes this year’s series.
The Lectures in American History Series is hosted by the Freeport Public Library Foundation. It is free and open to the public, with refreshments courtesy of the Foundation. Pick up a brochure at the library for additional information about lecturers, their topics, and the Foundation.