Tuesday, May 20
Starts at 7:00 PM
The Museum in partnership with the McLean County Genealogical Society is pleased to welcome Illinois historian and Distinquished Professor Emeritus at Western Illinois University, Dr. John Hallwas, who will present his program, “Cemeteries and Graves: American Historical and Literary Perspectives.” This program will be held in the Museum’s Governor Fifer Courtroom on Tuesday, May 20, at 7:00 p.m. The program is free and open to the public.
Hallwas will examine the ever-changing view of cemeteries and graves, especially in the 19th century, when park-like burying grounds were developed and attitudes toward death became more complex.
John Hallwas was born and raised in Illinois; Hallwas taught English for 34 years at WIU and hosts a namesake lecture series there each September. Now retired from WIU, Hallwas is a member of the Illinois Humanities Council’s “Road Scholars” program.