Events and Exhibits Across the State Illinois State Archives

Chicago Open Archives: Hidden Stories
Month-long, Multi-Cultural Institution Event
Chicago and suburbs
October 1-31, 2017

Exhibit and Lecture, "The Walls Speak: Telling ISU's Story Through its Campus Buildings"
Illinois State University, Milner Library/Dr. JoAnn Rayfield Archives
Milner Library, 3rd Floor, 201 N. School St, Normal, IL
October 2-December 16, 2017 (Exhibit)
October 20, 2017, 3pm (Lecture)
Contact: April Anderson 309-438-3546,

Ask an Archivist Day
Society of American Archivists
October 4, 2017

Homecoming: 111 Years Strong
Northern Illinois University, Regional History Center & University Archives
Founders Memorial Library, 217 Normal Rd., DeKalb, IL 60115
October 1-31, 2017 (Exhibit)
October 4, 2017, 7pm (Lecture)
Contact:, 815-753-1779

Fact or Fiction: NIU was the first school in Illinois to play a homecoming game? Attend the presentation by Mike Korcek, NIU Sports Information Director Emeritus, for answers to this and many other questions about the history of homecoming at NIU. The presentation begins at 7PM on Wednesday, October 4 in the Staff lounger in the lower level of Founders Memorial Library. The exhibit will be on display during the month of October and is available when Founders Memorial Library is open: M-Th 8AM-midnight; F 8AM-10PM; Sa 9AM-10PM; Su 1PM-midnight. A small display will also be open to visitors in the Regional History Center from M-F 8AM-noon; 1-4:30PM.

"Picture with A Thousand Pieces: Archival Research on Missionaries and the Waorani"
2017 Billy Graham Center Archival Research Lecture
Wheaton College, Billy Graham Center Archives
Billy Graham Center, 4th Floor, Wilson Suite, 500 College Avenue, Wheaton, IL October 5, 2017, 7 pm

A Toast to History Reception
Lake Forest College
Calvin Durand Hall, 14-84 Campus Cir, Lake Forest, IL
October 6, 2017, 5-7pm!event_id/482393/view/event/date/20171006

2017 Chicago Home Movie Day
Co-hosted by the Chicago Film Archives and the Chicago Film Society
Chicago History Museum, 1601 N. Clark St. Chicago, IL
October 7, 2017, 11am-3pm

University Archives Open House
Millikin University
UC 232, University Commons, 1184 W. Main Street, Decatur, IL
October 7, 2017, 9am-1pm
Contact: Amanda Pippitt,

Archiving Workshop IV: The Gritty Reboot
University of Chicago
Stony Island Arts Bank, 2nd Floor, 6760 S Stony Island, Chicago, IL 60649
October 14, 2017, 3:30-4:30pm
Contact: UChicago Arts, 773-702-2787

Benedictine Sisters of Chicago
7430 N. Ridge Blvd., Chicago, IL 60645
October 20, 2017, 1:30-3:30pm
Contact: Virginia Jung, OSB, 773-764-2413 ext. 203 Miriam Wilson, OSB, was respected and beloved for her work as chaplain at Cook County Jail and for her commitment to abolish the death penalty in Illinois. To learn about her life as a Benedictine sister and how monastic life may have influenced her work, come explore an interactive exhibit with archival materials, a performance by the Northwind Players of St. Scholastica Monastery & Still Point Theatre, and dialogue with current community members.

Marie Skłodowska Curie: Piecing Together the Historical Puzzle
Loyola University Chicago Libraries
Klarchek Information Commons, Fourth Floor, 1032 W. Sheridan Road, Chicago, IL 60660
October 26, 2017, 6:30pm
Contact: Antoinette Trela,, 847-384-1206
Loyola University Chicago Libraries and the Newberry Library Present the Fifth Annual Focus on the Book, Celebrating the 150th Anniversary of the Birth of Marie Curie, in collaboration with the Women and Leadership Archives (WLA) and Council 27 of Polish Women's Alliance of America (PWA). Dr. Helena Pycior, Professor Emerita of the Department of History at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, will discuss how Marie Skłodowska Curie, renowned scientist and twice Nobel Prize winner, became known as the "healer of cancer." Curie was named an Honorary Member of Polish Women's Alliance in 1921, and the organization helped fund her research. Reservations kindly requested to Antoinette before October 20, 2017.

WLA Open House: Mollie West & Other Untold Stories of the Women and Leadership Archives
Women and Leadership Archives
Loyola University Chicago, Piper Hall, Third Floor, 970 W. Sheridan Road, Chicago, IL 60626
October 27, 2017, 1-4pm
Contact: Laura Berfield,, 773-508-8804
Guerilla art! Communists! A bowling poet!...? Explore some of the unique stories told through the WLA collections. Visit the WLA at Loyola University Chicago any time during our open house. Uncover clues from various WLA collections that tell the stories of Mollie West (Chicago labor leader, women's right activist, and one-time Communist Party member), SisterSerpents (Chicago feminist art collective that made political statements through art), and Eleanor Risteen Gordon (professor, poet, and bowling enthusiast).