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Thursday, Sept. 29, 2005 07:16 pm


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One of Springfield’s most significant gatherings of Lincoln scholars, historians, and enthusiasts is the annual Lincoln Colloquium, which takes place this year Oct. 7-9. Colloquium events include presentations about the places and people associated with the Lincoln presidency; open houses at historic residences, including the recently restored Elijah Iles House; and a tour of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum. Though not officially part of the colloquium, candlelight tours of New Salem and a tour of Oak Ridge Cemetery will also be available. The deadline to register for Saturday events at the Hoogland Center for the Arts, is Friday, Sept. 30. For registration information, call 217-492-4241, ext. 241, or e-mail tim_townsend@nps.gov.

The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency hosts a “revitalization workshop” on Friday, Sept. 30, to give Springfield residents the opportunity to propose ideas for the mothballed Pillsbury Mills site in the North End. The workshop starts at 8:30 a.m. in the Lanphier High School commons area with remarks by Mayor Tim Davlin. Participants will be divided into small teams to discuss ideas for the site. To participate in the meeting, preregister by calling Jake Gronewold at the Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce (217-525-1173) or by visiting www.gscc.org/about/charrette.html. To tour the site before the workshop, meet at 5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29, at the old plant’s loading docks.

Two Dominican sisters, Margaret McCormick and Maira Barry, will share their experiences at the annual School of the Americas vigil, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 4, at Lincoln Library, Seventh and Capitol. Since 1990, thousands of Americans have made a pilgrimage every November to the gates of Fort Benning, Ga., to call for the closing of the Pentagon’s facility, now renamed the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation. This year’s protest will be held the weekend of Nov. 18; information will be available at McCormick and Barry’s presentation.

Patrick Shavloske, who has served as executive director of the Prairie Art Alliance since February 2004, has resigned to accept the position of director of development at the Bonnet House in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. His last day in Springfield is Oct. 7.

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