50th anniversary event: ISHS symposium begins today

LLCC is co-sponsoring the Illinois State Historical Society Symposium that begins today and runs through Saturday in the Trutter Center. The symposium is titled “1917, Year of Turmoil: War and Suffrage” and is observing the 100th anniversary of the U.S. entering WWI. LLCC students and faculty are encouraged to attend any of the lectures free without registering by presenting their LLCC ID to the staff manning the welcome desk.

Professors Chris McDonald, Ph.D. and Mark Roehrs, Ph.D. are presenting. Eileen Tepatti, Ed.D., vice president of academic services, is providing welcoming remarks at 9 a.m. today.

Dr. McDonald speaks today at a presentation from 1-2:30 p.m.: “Ambulance Corps and WW1,” Debra M. Dudek, adult and teen services, manager, Fountaindale Public Library, Bolingbrook, IL;  “Kent Hagler, Volunteer American Ambulance Driver in France,” Chris McDonald, Ph.D., LLCC.

Drs. McDonald and Roehrs speak Friday from 2:45-4 p.m. on the topic: “Root of the Prairie Division: From Illinois National Guard to the 33rd Division, August 1917-May 1918,” Mark Roehrs, Ph.D., LLCC. “33rd Into Action: Training with the British and First Combats, May-Sept. 1918,” Chris McDonald, Ph.D. Katie McAfee, associate professor of accounting, will moderate.

Friday evening, from 6-9 p.m., the symposium moves to the Illinois State Military Museum. Dr. McDonald presents: Magic Lanterns in the Great Ar,” media presentation, along with “The 8th Illinois: First in Battle, First in Valor,” by Mark DePue, Ph.D.

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