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Illinois Bicentennial Program – Illinois Memoirs: Our Story, Your Opportunity – John Hallwas – June 14, 2018

To celebrate the Bicentennial of Illinois Statehood, Fox Valley Genealogical Society in collaboration with the Naperville Public Library will host Illinois Road Scholar, John Hallwas.

Illinois’s monumental literary heritage is particularly rich in autobiographies and memoirs, including the first noted autobiography from the Midwest (Chief Black Hawk’s), the most famous memoir associated with the Civil War (Ulysses S. Grant’s), and one of the most celebrated autobiographies by an American woman (Jane Addams’s Twenty Years at Hull House), among many others. Such works often address issues of identity and belonging, which are as crucial today as ever. A poster for this program is available.

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