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Author Michael C. Batinski Examines The Hidden Narratives In Jackson County

Stack of old newspapers bound together with twine.
Mr Cup/Fabian Barral

In Jackson County, Michael C. Batinski, author and professor emeritus of history at SIU Carbondale, will host three presentations that examine the forgotten history of Jackson County and Southern Illinois. Presentations are based on his book titled, “Forgetting and the Forgotten: A Thousand years of Contested Histories in the Heartland. The series will examine the role of “pastkeepers” and their roles as gatekeepers of local narratives. These pastkeepers highlight the history of Jackson County and Southern Illinois while hiding or marginalizing other narratives such as the treatment of Native Americans, African Americans and immigrants. All three presentations are free and open to the public.

At the Depot: Restoring Carbondale’s StoryWednesday, April 12 5-6:30 p.m.

Carbondale Public Library. Hosted in person and online. Online registration for this lecture is available at register.CarbondalePublicLibrary.org/Batinski

Jackson’s Civil War: Rediscovering Anew
Thursday, April 13  6-7:30 p.m.
The General John A Logan Museum in Murphysboro
Refreshments will be provided

Waiting for the Train: Carbondale’s Long Civil Rights Movement
Saturday, April 15 4-6 p.m.
Eurma Hayes Center in Carbondale
Refreshments will be provided.

For more information, visit www.SIQuaker.org or contact Tom Hensold at 618-525-4578 or tchensold@frontier.com.

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