Learn about Chicago's participation in the Civil War from author/historians Ted Karamanski and Eileen McMahon, who edited the book "Civil War Chicago: Eyewitness to History."
Using a biographical and historical approach, Dr. Rima Lunin Schultz, Oak Park historian of social movements and women's history, argues that concrete social justice concerns, rather than abstract idealism or popularly held sentimental notions of motherhood and woman's nature, motivated three American peacemakers: Julia Ward Howe (1819-1910), Jane Addams (1860-1935), and Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962).
Dana and Susan Robinson are two guitar-playing, banjo-frailing, fiddle-sawing, and harmony-singing interpreters of the American experience. Their unique blend of contemporary songwriting and traditional Appalachian music brings a deep understanding of American musical heritage to their performances. They can make the audience howl with laughter or hush with poignant reflection as they take them on a journey across America and convey the mystery and wonder of the places they visit. Join us for this free folk music concert. And learn more about the duo at http://www.robinsongs.com.
See the PBS American Experience film, "The Last Days in Vietnam." Discuss the film and Vietnam experience with local Vietnam veterans Brian Flora and Stephen Jordan.
Candi from Yoga Where UR will get kids moving, stretching and feeling good. Bring a mat, if you have one (we'll have some on hand, too). Namaste! Best for ages 5+. Registration required.
Oak Park Citizens Council will host a forum for candidates running in the Tuesday, April 7, 2015 election.
Andrew Hefferman from the Illinois State Treasurer's office will present information on college savings plans and I-Cash. Bright Start is a tax-advantaged 529 college savings program. It is similar to a 401k plan that helps families pay for college. You can receive state and federal tax benefits if you are an Illinois resident. There are no monthly or yearly requirements. Contribute when you can. https://www.brightstartsavings.com/doc/Bright_Start_Consumer_Brochure.
Through a multimedia experience combining footage from the Historical Society's Tale of the Tombstones Cemetery Walk, which focused on the Civil War with live re-enactors portraying Oak Park citizens, hear first-person tales from Oak Park citizens.
High school students can sign up for this free, fully proctored, full-length practice SAT test sponsored by Kaplan Test Prep. Students will learn what to expect in a test-like environment and will receive a comprehensive analysis of their performance on the test, detailing individual strengths and weaknesses.
Space is limited, so registration is required. Registration begins Saturday, March 14.
Students should bring two No. 2 pencils and a calculator.
Remember those marvelous performers who delighted audiences in nightclubs, theaters, and Hollywood films from the 1950s to the 1970s.