Interested in local history?
Sign up for this fascinating course on Illinois and local history
Illinois scholar and Harper College Librarian,
Professor Jim Edstrom
History 219, Section 001
Tuesdays and Thursdays 3:05-4:20 PM (3 Credit Hours)
(For more information, see http://www.harpercollege.edu/~jedstrom)
Interested in local history? Consider signing up for History 219, Section 001 this fall (meets Thursdays from 2:00-4:40pm in room I103 (3 Credit Hours)). This fascinating course on Illinois and local history will be taught by Illinois scholar and Harper College Librarian, Professor Jim Edstrom. For more information, go to http://www.harpercollege.edu/~jedstrom or click on the link below to look at the flyer for the course: hist219publicityflyerfall2010
February is African American History Month, and you’ll find various venues publicizing events in conjunction to it. Harper has had several, including a screening of Meeting David Wilson and a discussion with the director (David Wilson) at the beginning of the month.
African Americans have been an integral part of this country since its beginnings. While some may view African American History Month as a way to honor and acknowledge the contributions that African Americans have made, others may question whether having African American History Month is necessary to begin with. After all, shouldn’t African Americans be celebrated every month? Why only in February? If you’re interested in this discussion, there’s an article in Black Voices (“Black History Month Still Relevant — for Now”) and a forum where people can share their thoughts: http://blogs.blackvoices.com/2010/01/27/black-history-month-still-relevant-for-now/.
History books often begin the history of Africans in America with the arrival of twenty African indentured servants to the English colony of Jamestown, Virginia. However, the history goes much earlier than that. In 1492, Pedro Alonso Nino– a black navigator– traveled with Columbus in his quest to discover the “New World” (which we know was already discovered by the Native Americans thousands of years before). And from 1527-1539, Estevanico– a Muslim slave from Northern Africa– explored much of the southwest. Scholars of African American history may have to dig deep because African Americans were often excluded from literate activity and the written historical record. That’s why the achievements of those like Phillis Wheatly, a slave who published Poems on Various Subjects, Religious and Moral in 1773 (in England), or Frederick Douglass, who published his autobiography Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave in 1845, and many others, are so remarkable.
The library has a display case that features photographs, books, and accomplishments of various African Americans throughout this country’s history. If you have a moment, come and take a look. This country wouldn’t be the same without the struggles, sacrifices, and successes of African Americans. Indeed, the history of the U.S. is the history of African Americans.
Come join us in celebrating Abraham Lincoln’s birthday (1809-1865) at the William Rainey Harper College Library (second floor) on Thursday, February 11, 2010 at noon. There will be a Readers’ Theater evoking the spirit and legacy of the sixteenth President of the United States, presented by the Harper College Library and the Harper College Speech Team.
Refreshments will be served (including Lincoln cookies!). Also, test your knowledge of Lincoln by competing in the trivia contest (and the chance to win some amazing prizes). To help you prepare for the contest, check out our Research Guide on Lincoln.
Greetings to the Harper College Community. My name is Martin Firestein and I am the Archivist at William Rainey Harper College. The Archives is similar to the rest of the College’s library in that it collects information to be used by researchers (students, faculty, administrators, or the general public), and strives to make its resources available to the College community. One way of doing that is by producing exhibits based on our collections. A perfect example of this is an online exhibit that I put together a number of years ago for the Archives website based on the life of William Rainey Harper.
Dr. Harper was the driving force behind the creation of the University of Chicago and of the community college movement in the United States, which ultimately gave birth to Harper College in 1965. You may view the exhibit here at this link:
I hope you find it interesting and educational.