history & heritage

Sunday, November 16, 2014 - 2:00pm
Knight Auditorium, Spurlock Museum, 600 S. Gregory St., Urbana, IL

In celebration of the exhibit Artists of the Loom: Maya Weavers of Guatemala, guest curator Margot Blum Schevill and ethnographic photographer Jeffrey Jay Foxx will present a program of reflection upon images, memories, and knowledge gained in more than three decades of work among the Maya. As Jeffery states: "My mission has been to document the Maya and their way of life, not to turn them into my art form. That said, I tend to show the moments of beautiful light and gesture."

This event is sponsored by the Spurlock Museum Guild Performance and Lecture Series in honor of the World Heritage Museum Guild.

For further information, contact Kim Sheahan at (217) 244 - 3355 or ksheahan@illinois.edu

Sunday, November 9, 2014 - 1:30pm
Knight Auditorium, Spurlock Museum, 600 S. Gregory St., Urbana, IL

This two-part program features tales of the ancient Mediterranean and Middle East through storytelling and music. Resident storyteller Kim Sheahan will perform the stories of Orpheus, Theseus, and characters from the Arabian Nights. The stories will then be interpreted through the multimedia harp show Scheherazade, performed by UIUC graduate music performance student Ann McLaughlin. This concert is sponsored by a grant from the Urbana Arts Council.

For further information, contact Kim Sheahan at (217) 244 - 3355 or ksheahan@illinois.edu

Saturday, October 25, 2014 - 7:30pm
Spurlock Museum, 600 S. Gregory St., Urbana, IL

Two ghost story concerts for Halloween will feature local favorite tellers Dan Keding, Kath Brinkmann, and Kim Sheahan, as well as tellers from UIUC faculty, staff, and students. All donations and admission fees will support the Museum’s educational programs. This ghost story concert features tales with adult themes or heightened fear factors.

It is for adults only (age 16 and above). Don’t worry—everyone still gets candy.

For further information, contact Kim Sheahan at (217) 244 - 3355 or ksheahan@illinois.edu

Saturday, December 6, 2014 - 2:00pm
Knight Auditorium, Spurlock Museum, 600 S. Gregory St., Urbana, IL

Hand-held fans are a very important accompaniment to many dances, and they often tell stories, celebrate traditions, express religious beliefs, and pass on histories. During this presentation by "fan fancier" Robin Goettel, attendees will have the opportunity to learn about the geography and cultural use of fans, as we explore ethnic dances incorporating fans in their tradition. Beautiful dance videos will be shown, including Flamenco, Balinese, Korean, Eskimo, and many others. After the presentation, the audience can view fans from Ms. Goettel's collection.

For further information, contact Kim Sheahan at (217) 244 - 3355 or ksheahan@illinois.edu

Thursday, April 2, 2015 (All day) to Friday, September 25, 2015 (All day)
The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Sousa Archives and Center for American Music, 236 Harding Band Bldg., 1103 South Sixth Street, Champaign

When World War I began in 1914 the United States proclaimed that it would follow a policy of strict neutrality “in thought and deed,” and President Wilson firmly believed that peace was the only course of action needed to resolve the European conflict. Many Americans felt the same way, but as the war’s atrocities, both fictional and real, were publicized, some politicians and military leaders began to voice their support for military intervention. After the United States declared war against Germany on April 6, 1917 the country witnessed a dramatic mobilization of industry and financial resources to produce trained soldiers, food, munitions, and equipment which were in short supply at the start of America’s involvement. The federal government set up hundreds of temporary agencies with over a million new employees to help redirect the nation’s economy. America’s sheet music industry joined forces with the U.S. Committee on Public Information to help sell the ideals of patriotism, sacrifice, and volunteerism to the American public as the only way to win this war. This special exhibition from the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History depicts the diverse portrayals of soldiers’ lives, recruitment of African-American soldiers, women’s support for the war effort, and the country’s financial and personal sacrifice through the melodies, lyrics and graphic illustrations of sheet music that were produced between 1917 and 1919.

Visit http://archives.library.illinois.edu/sousa for more information.

Thursday, April 2, 2015 (All day) to Monday, August 3, 2015 (All day)
The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Sousa Archives and Center for American Music, 236 Harding Band Bldg., 1103 South Sixth Street, Champaign

As war enveloped much of Western Europe in 1914 and 1915 our country struggled to justify its involvement in this conflict and our national leaders overwhelmingly favored peaceful negotiation as the only logical way to end Europe’s war. However by 1916 Germany’s military had devastated large portions of Belgium and France, and presented a serious threat to Great Britain as well as commercial shipping across the north Atlantic. While fear of a German invasion spawned discussions on the possible need to close the University of Illinois or at least discontinue courses that did not provide relevant training to support a military build-up if needed, the University’s band program under the direction of A. Austin Harding continued to provide the campus and the local community with musical artistry, patriotic fervor, and moral support during the darkest days of WWI. This exhibit investigates the challenges that Harding faced as many of his band’s members enlisted in the army and navy in 1917 after America entered the war, and highlights the role that Harding and his bands played to support that nation’s war effort.

Visit http://archives.library.illinois.edu/sousa for more information.

Thursday, April 2, 2015 (All day) to Monday, August 3, 2015 (All day)
The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Sousa Archives and Center for American Music, 236 Harding Band Bldg., 1103 South Sixth Street, Champaign

As war enveloped much of Western Europe in 1914 and 1915 our country struggled to justify its involvement in this conflict and our national leaders overwhelmingly favored peaceful negotiation as the only logical way to end Europe’s war. However by 1916 Germany’s military had devastated large portions of Belgium and France, and presented a serious threat to Great Britain as well as commercial shipping across the north Atlantic. While fear of a German invasion spawned discussions on the possible need to close the University of Illinois or at least discontinue courses that did not provide relevant training to support a military build-up if needed, the University’s band program under the direction of A. Austin Harding continued to provide the campus and the local community with musical artistry, patriotic fervor, and moral support during the darkest days of WWI. This exhibit investigates the challenges that Harding faced as many of his band’s members enlisted in the army and navy in 1917 after America entered the war, and highlights the role that Harding and his bands played to support that nation’s war effort.

Visit http://archives.library.illinois.edu/sousa for more information.

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