One Book, One Freeport

Dates: Wednesday, January 11, 2017 - Tuesday, April 11, 2017
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January 11-April 11, ONE BOOK, ONE FREEPORT. Freeport. Join in this community wide effort.  Join the entire community in reading “Gloryland” by Shelton Johnson. Gloryland begins on Emancipation Day in 1863 with the birth of Elijah Yancy, who is of African American and Native American descent. Unfortunately, newly declared “freedom for all” is not yet a right for Yancy and his family when they face the realities of life. For his own safety, Yancy’s family tells him to leave South Carolina. He ends up traveling to Nebraska where he joins the United States Army, but becomes disillusioned by his duties when they run afoul of the morals his family taught him. The last section of the book focuses on Yancy’s time posted in Yosemite where his assignment is to protect the National Park against human influences to nature, including the Native American people formerly inhabiting the area. It is in Yosemite where Yancy connects with nature and God and finally understands his place in the world. Free copies of the book will be distributed on February 4 and 11 at the Freeport Public Library, courtesy of the Freeport Public Library Foundation. Gloryland’s author, Shelton Johnson, will be in Freeport on March 9 for a full day of speaking engagements including a public presentation in the evening at the Boys & Girls Club of Freeport and Stephenson County. A variety of additional events will be scheduled around the community, including book group discussions, living history presentations of Teddy Roosevelt, our 26th President; Stephen Mather, founder of the National Park Service; a Wild West Lawman; and a buffalo soldier, presented by Freeport’s own Steve Cole. This year’s series of Lectures on American History will touch on the same themes as in Gloryland. There will be special story times and movie screenings. Beginning in March, one episode per week of Ken Burns’ documentary “The National Parks, America’s Best Idea,” will be shown. In April, the Buffalo Troopers Motorcycle Club of Northwestern Illinois will present an event. (815-233-3000)

Schedule of Events:

February 1: “Little Big Man”, Noon and 7 pm, Lindo Theatre
February 4: Free Book Day, 9 am to Noon, Freeport Public Library
February 9: “The Librarian and the Confederate General”, 6:30 pm, Freeport Public Library
February 11: Free Book Day, 9 am to Noon, Freeport Public Library
February 16: “Crossed Sabers: A History of the United States Cavalry”, 6:30 pm, Freeport Public Library
February 22: “Sergeant Rutledge”, Noon and 7 pm, Lindo Theatre
February 23: “The Rise and Fall of the Western as Art Form and Moral Messenger in urban, Industrial America, 1870s-1970s, 6:30 pm, Freeport Public Library
February 28: “America’s First Asian War: The Philippine Insurrection 1899-1902, 6:30 pm, Freeport Public Library
March 1: National Park Story Time, 10:30 am, Freeport Public Library
March 1-April 30: “National Park Photography”, Freeport Public Library
March 2: Opening Reception for “National Park Photography”, 5 pm to 7 pm, Freeport Public Library
March 4: Living History Portrayal of a Wild West Lawman, 10 am, Freeport Public Library
March 7: “The National Parks: America’s Best Idea” Episode 1, 1 pm, Freeport Public Library
March 8: “The National Park Service at Age 100”, 2 pm, Highland Community College
March 9: Book Signing by Gloryland author Shelton Johnson, Noon to 1 pm, Freeport Public Library
March 9: Meet the Author and Presentation by Gloryland author Shelton Johnson, 6:30 pm, Boys & Girls Club
March 10: Opening Night Reception for Native American Artifact Exhibit, 4 pm to 7 pm, Stephenson County Historical Museum
March 11-April 15: Native American Artifacts Display, Stephenson County Historical Museum
March 11, Photography Workshop, 2 pm, Freeport Public Library
March 12: “Dances with Wolves”, Noon, Lindo Theatre
March 14: “The National Parks: America’s Best Idea” Episode 2, 1 pm, Freeport Public Library
March 14: Theatrical Reading of Gloryland, 7 pm, Highland Community College
March 15: Living History Presentation of Teddy Roosevelt, 6:30 pm, Freeport Public Library
March 16: “Magnificent Seven”, 5:30 pm, Freeport Public Library
March 17: Audubon Children’s Program on National Park Service, 3:30 pm, Freeport Public Library
March 21: “The National Parks: America’s Best Idea” Episode 3, 1 pm, Freeport Public Library
March 22: Cowboy Story Time, 10:30 am, Freeport Public Library
March 22: Living History Portrayal of Stephen Mather, 2 pm, Senior Resource Center
March 22: Living History Portrayal of Stephen Mather, 6:30 pm, Freeport Public Library
March 23: Native American Presentation, 2 pm, Freeport Public Library
March 25: “Rango”, 10 am, Lindo Theatre
March 27: “Permaculture: An Introduction to Getting Started”, 6:30 pm, Freeport Public Library
March 28: “The National Parks: America’s Best Idea” Episode 4, 1 pm, Freeport Public Library
March 28: American Classic Tours Preview of Tours, 1:30 pm, Senior Resource Center
April 1: Buffalo Soldiers Motorcycle Club, 2 pm, Freeport Public Library
April 4: “The National Parks: America’s Best Idea” Episode 5, 1 pm, Freeport Public Library
April 5: Wild Foods Story Time, 10:30 am, Freeport Public Library
April 6: Living History Portrayal of a Buffalo Soldier, 6:30 pm, Freeport Public Library
April 11: “The National Parks: America’s Best Idea” Episode 6, 1 pm, Freeport Public Library

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