The Friends of the Harlan-Lincoln House at Iowa Wesleyan College will sponsor its annual Brown Bag Lecture Series during the month of March. The programs will be presented each Tuesday at noon in the Chadwick Library on the Iowa Wesleyan College campus. The presentations are offered at no charge, but free will donations will be accepted. The public is invited to bring a brown bag lunch and listen to guest speakers on a variety of historical topics.
Tuesday, March 6 – David Brown – American Expansion and Division: Politics of the 1840s and 1850s: an overview of the issues that led to the Civil War. David Brown, Mount Pleasant, a retired English and drama teacher, prepared this presentation for a new series of discussions as a history forum at the Midwest Old Threshers Log Village. Additional presentations are planned for the coming year.
Immediately following – Open House at the Harlan-Lincoln House to view newly exhibition-prepared,
authentic Civil War battle flag.
Tuesday, March 13 – Joyce Miller, Mount Pleasant—All is well, all is well. Follow the Mormons in 1846 as they journey across Iowa to their new home “far away in the West.” Joyce Miller is a retired elementary teacher. Using diary entries and other resources, she prepared this composite portrait of a Mormon woman for the Iowa Sesquicentennial.
Tuesday, March 20 – Lon Simpson – United States Sharpshooters (Berdans Sharpshooters) in the Civil War: a soldier’s perspective within one of the most celebrated units of the conflict. Lon Simpson, Nauvoo, IL, is a retired Army Infantry Officer and Civil War re-enactor/living historian with over 30 years accumulated knowledge. He has given presentations at the Midwest Old Threshers Log Village and has been featured in productions with the History Channel.
Tuesday, March 27 – Joy Riggs and William Riggs– Origins of a Music Man: G. Oliver Riggs and the Iowa Wesleyan Music Conservatory. Joy Riggs, Northfield, MN, and her father, William Riggs,
Alexandria, MN, have researched G. Oliver Riggs and his career as a musician. Joy’s great-grandfather and William’s grandfather, G. Oliver Riggs, was an instructor in violin and band music at the Iowa Wesleyan Conservatory of Music from 1892-1896 and instructor in violin again in 1910-1911. He later became renowned in Minnesota as a bandmaster. Joy is a freelance journalist and an award-winning columnist for Minnesota Parent Magazine. William is a musician and retired high school teacher.
The programs will be held in the International Room of the Chadwick Library on the Iowa Wesleyan College campus.