Sangamon County 
 Historical Society





Sangamon County Historical Society

When History Becomes Personal

  • January 20, 2015
  • 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
  • Carnegie Room North, Public Lincoln Library, Springfield, IL

Slipping into a period costume is one thing.  Portraying a historical figure may be far more complex. 

Just how much more will be explored at the Sangamon County Historical Society's Tuesday, January 20 program meeting when a panel of "re-enactors" face a tag-team of history experts to reveal the stories and preparation behind what has become a popular way to bring history alive. 

The program, "When History Becomes Personal," begins at 5:30 pm at the City of Springfield's Lincoln Library's Carnegie Room North.  

Panelists will include Pam Brown, best known for her portrayal of Mary Todd Lincoln; Larry Werline, a General and President Ulysses S. Grant re-enactor; and Donald Ferricks, who portrays soldiers from several history periods including the Blackhawk War, Civil War, and World War II.  

Sarah Watson, Executive Director for the Looking for Lincoln Heritage Coalition, and Justin Blandford, Superintendent of state historic sites in Springfield for the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency, who both use re-enactors in their work, will field a broad range of questions that will include how re-enactors research and prep for a role, finding costumes, staying in character, and public response.   

The program is free and open to the public.  

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