Parkland Community Education classes are challenging, dynamic, often fun, and, of course, always educational. We engage students and the community in learning more about topics with which you’re familiar and in gaining new knowledge and experiences about topics you’re encountering for the first time.
We present our classes during times we hope are convenient for you, and we hold them in various, easily accessible locations. Our listing is always available online at www.parkland.edu/communityed, or you can receive a printed listing by calling 217/353-2055.
We have quite the treat for you this spring: an exciting tour of American Civil War history, led by an enthusiastic and knowledgeable historian! PLUS, we’ll take you on a trip to visit places well-known to then President Abraham Lincoln, and let you experience contemporary interpretations of the man in Springfield, Illinois.
Since 2015 marks the 150th anniversary of Lincoln’s assassination, Community Education is offering four occasions for you to listen, discuss, and debate the Civil War and the culture surrounding that time, with historian Christina Smith.
A master’s candidate at Illinois State University, Smith’s areas of interest, research, and writing include 19th-century culture, the American Civil War, and the post-war Reconstruction era. Her passion for the subject takes her on yearly pilgrimages to Gettysburg, as well as most of the major Civil War battlefields.
Also, don’t forget to reserve your spot soon for our spring bus trip to visit the Lincoln Presidential Museum, the Old State Capitol, and Lincoln’s final resting place.
The Civil War history sessions and the trip information are posted below. Course dates, times, and registration fees vary. Please contact Parkland Community Education for more information: 217/353-2055.
North & South: Really so Different? (1:30 PM — Tuedsay, February 24 — BTCE room J127) Analyze the similarities and differences between the North and the South. How peculiar was the American South? What were many of the self-proclaimed Southern distinctions? Was slavery the only divisive factor? fee = $9
Battle of Shiloh: Dividing the Nation (1:30 PM — Tuesday, March 3 — BTCE room J127) The Battle of Shiloh shocked the nation. April 6 – 7, 1862, were the most devastating early days of the Civil War. Discuss and debate personal, cultural, and political perspectives and aspects of the War. fee = $9
Cultural Divisions: A Woman Not of Her Time (1:30 PM — Monday, April 3 — BTCE room J125) Elizabeth Packard was imprisioned and declared insane because she refused to conform to gender roles and traditional cultural and religious norms. Hear how she helped reshape the idea of womanhood in the mid-19th century. fee = $9
Going Home: Abraham Lincoln’s Funeral Train (1:30 PM — Monday, April 13 — BTCE room J127) Possibly the longest train ride in American history began in Washington, DC, on April 21 and ended in Springfield, Illinois on May 3, 1865. Hear how the North/South political climate was changed, and the 1654-mile journey that brought the slain president back to the Prairie Capital. fee = $5
Lincoln’s Life and the Presidential Museum (8:00 AM — Friday, May 1 — departure from BTCE parking lot) Travel to Springield and visit the Lincoln Presidential Museum, honoring America’s 16th president. Special exhibits, memorabilia, and unique performances make this museum a truly unforgettable experience. Continue the history lesson with a visit to the Old State Capitol and Lincoln’s Tomb at Oak Ridge Cemetery. fee = $39 (lunch additional) registration deadline = April 17.