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Historical Society sets lecture series

Published: Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

UNION – The McHenry County Historical Society has announced its lineup for the 2013 Sampler Lecture Series.

The cost for the entire series is $35 for nonmembers; members pay $30. All programs take place at the society’s museum, 6422 Main St., Union.

• 7 p.m. March 12: “The Next Year that Almost Was: Chicago, Baseball and 1977.” Tim Draper, a history professor at Waubonsee College, presents an American retrospective set to the backdrop of the 1977 baseball season in Chicago, when both the Cubs and White Sox led their divisions late into the season before collapsing. At the intersections of Rust Belt de-industrialization, urban and racial politics, 1960s legacies and popular culture, there were fundamental changes in professional sports in an era of American vulnerability. The program is made possible by a grant from the Illinois Humanities Council. The requested donation is $10.

• 3 p.m. April 1: “Archeological How-tos.” Dr. Rochelle Lurie, owner and president of Midwest Archeological Research Services in Marengo, explains how she and her team find and decipher archeological sites. MARS, Inc. has logged and preserved nearly 1,700 prehistoric and historic sites in the region since 1986. The cost is $10.

• 7 p.m. April 15: “Desperadoes: Notorious Outlaws of Early Illinois.” Dr. John Hallwas, regional historian, author and retired professor of English from Western Illinois University, discusses early frontier lawbreakers. Before the 20th century, Illinois was fraught with crime. Dive into Illinois’ notorious past and learn about early law enforcement, vigilantes, lynching and more through dozens of images, featuring outlaws, jails, wanted posters and more. This program is made possible by a grant from the Illinois Humanities Council. The requested donation is $10.

• 3 p.m. April 29: “Early Trails of McHenry County.” Ders Anderson, a Crystal Lake resident and Greenways director for the Openlands Project in Chicago, discusses historic trails in the county that were present when settlement first occurred. Some of those trails provided the imprint on the landscape that future roads then followed. The cost is $10.

To register, call 815-923-2267.

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