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Date: Tuesday, February 28, 2017
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February 28, “AMERICA’S FIRST ASIAN WAR: THE PHILIPPINE INSURRECTION 1899-1902”. Freeport Public Library, 100 E. Douglas Street, Freeport. 6:30 pm. Faded from popular memory today is the war the United States fought in the Philippines. After Spain ceded the Pacific island archipelago to the U.S. at the conclusion of the Spanish-American War, the U.S. fought both in pitched battles and in guerrilla skirmishes against the Filipino peoples seeking independence from foreign rule. Dr. Edward Finch views this protracted war as a harbinger of a war sixty years later in Vietnam. Part of the Lectures in American History Series sponsored by the Freeport Public Library Foundation. (815-233-3000)

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Date: Thursday, February 16, 2017
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February 16, “CROSSED SABERS: A HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES CAVALRY”. Freeport Public Library, 100 E. Douglas Street, Freeport. 6:30 pm. One of the most enduring, evocative, and romantic images in all of American martial history is the horse mounted cavalry trooper. The image of the fully decked out trooper mounted on their trusty stead is etched in the American memory. Dr. Martin Quirk’s presentation will explore the birth of the United States Cavalry from the Revolutionary War to the Present. Part of the Lectures in American History Series sponsored by the Freeport Public Library Foundation. (815-233-3000)

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Date: Tuesday, January 24, 2017
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January 24, “HORSE CULTURE OF THE PLAINS INDIANS”. Freeport Public Library, 100 E. Douglas Street, Freeport. 6:30 pm. The image most have of the American West is deeply connected with Native Americans and the horse. However, the horse is not native to the Americas. Michael Banghart’s lecture will examine the introduction of the horse into North America and the complex ways it changed Native American culture. Part of the Lectures in American History Series sponsored by the Freeport Public Library Foundation. (815-233-3000)

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Date: Thursday, May 8, 2014
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May 8, “LEND ME A TENOR” SPECIAL PERFORMANCE. Winneshiek Playhouse, 228 W. Clark, Freeport. 6:30 pm. The Freeport Public Library Foundation hosts this special performance with pre-show appetizers and drinks at 6:30 pm, the performance at 7:30 pm, champagne at intermission and desserts at curtain. The setting for the play is 1934, and the world’s greatest tenor Tito Merelli has come to Cleveland, Ohio to save its Grand Opera Company by singing Otello. When he is unexpectedly incapacitated, Max, the Opera Director’s meek assistant, is given the daunting task of finding a last-minute replacement. Chaos ensues – including a scheming  soprano, a tenor-struck ingénue, a jealous wife and the Cleveland Police Department. The play will also be presented May 9-10 and 15-17. Proceeds of the special performance benefit Freeport Public Library and its programs and The Winneshiek Players. $40 or $30 for Winneshiek Players members. (815-233-3000)

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Date: Thursday, February 9, 2017
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February 9, “THE LIBRARIAN AND THE CONFEDERATE GENERAL”. Freeport Public Library, 100 E. Douglas Street, Freeport. 6:30 pm. Helen Longstreet (1863-1962) was Georgia Assistant State Librarian when she and General James Longstreet married in 1897. She was 34 and he was 76. “The Fighting Lady” devoted herself to restoring her husband’s reputation and campaigned for the environment, women’s suffrage, and civil rights. Carole Dickerson’s presentation is subtitled “From Reconstruction to the New South”. Part of the Lectures in American History Series sponsored by the Freeport Public Library Foundation. (815-233-3000)

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Date: Saturday, August 6, 2016
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August 6, “THE NATURE OF MASCULINITY”. Winneshiek Playhouse, 228 W. Clark, Freeport. Pre-Social: 6:30 pm to 7 pm; Performances: 7 pm to 8 pm; Post-Social: 8 pm to 9 pm. Winneshiek presents four short reader plays submitted by playwrights from the Tri-State area of Illinois, Wisconsin and Iowa. These plays are in conjunction with the Freeport Art Museum’s exhibit, “The Nature of Masculinity”. The short reader plays examine the nature of masculinity from a wide-ranging and diverse set of viewpoints. Ballots will be distributed for the audience to select their favorite play of the evening. Freeport Art Museum Members and Winneshiek Members: Free. Non-Members: $5. (815-232-7023)

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Date: Tuesday, January 31, 2017
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January 31, “THE PLOW THAT BROKE THE PLAINS – FDR’S VISUAL ARGUMENT FOR ASSISTING DUST BOWL FARMERS”. Freeport Public Library, 100 E. Douglas Street, Freeport. 6:30 pm. At the height of the Great Depression, a series of natural and man-made events had turned the Great Plains into a dusty wasteland. The Roosevelt Administration knew it had to build public support for a governmental solution to the Dust Bowl. The result was a federally sponsored documentary detailing the farmers’ plight. Presented by Alan Wenzel. Part of the Lectures in American History Series sponsored by the Freeport Public Library Foundation. (815-233-3000)

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Date: Thursday, February 23, 2017
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February 23, “THE RISE AND FALL OF THE WESTERN AS ART FROM AND MORAL MESSENGER IN URBAN, INDUSTRIAL AMERICA, 1970S-1970S”. Freeport Public Library, 100 E. Douglas Street, Freeport. 6:30 pm. Why did the Western as an American art form and morality play rise so fast during the post-Civil War era, remain a powerful influence for generations in an urban, industrial society, and then collapse by the 1970s. Dr. Andy Dvorak will discuss why it became so powerful in an urban, industrial setting, and the factors that led to its abrupt end. Part of the Lectures in American History Series sponsored by the Freeport Public Library Foundation. (815-233-3000)

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Date: Thursday, May 9, 2013
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May 9, “THE TAFFETAS”: SPECIAL PERFORMANCE SPONSORED BY THE FREEPORT PUBLIC LIBRARY FOUNDATION. Winneshiek Playhouse, 228 W. Clark, Freeport. 6:30 pm. “The Taffetas” pays tribute to the sounds of the McGuire Sisters, the Fontane Sisters and the Chordettes. The score features favorites like: “Mr Sandman”, Mockin’ Bird Hill”, “C’est si bon”, and thirty two other fabulous hits. This special performance includes hors d’oeuvres and complimentary beverages before the show, champagne at intermission, and an opportunity to meet the players and enjoy coffee and sweets after the performance. $40; $30 for Winneshiek Players members. (815-233-3000)

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Date: Thursday, January 19, 2017
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January 19, “WE GO FORTH SORROWFUL: THE CHEROKEE NATION IN JACKSONIAN AMERICA”. Freeport Public Library, 100 E. Douglas Street, Freeport. 6:30 pm. In the late 1820s, as the United States began to push into the western lands of Georgia, yet another struggle took place between white settlers and Native American tribes, most notably the Cherokee. Jim Winker’s presentation will introduce the figures and forces that led to what has become known as the Trail of Tears. Part of the Lectures in American History Series sponsored by the Freeport Public Library Foundation. (815-233-3000)

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