august, 2022

10aug11:00 am12:00 pm"Tumultuous 2020" Oral History Project Presentation11:00 am - 12:00 pm(GMT-05:00) View in my time

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When the COVID-19 pandemic shook up life for all Illinoisans, the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum set out to capture memories of the unprecedented turmoil with a special oral history project.

Now the head of the “Tumultuous 2020” project will share highlights from among dozens of interviews at a special event. Oral historian Amanda Riggenbach will discuss some of the memorable people she met and recount their stories, whether tragic, inspirational or even funny.

The free presentation takes place at noon, Wednesday, Aug. 10, in the ALPLM’s library building (112 N. Sixth Street, Springfield).

The project collected about 80 oral histories. The people who shared their stories include teachers, college students, business owners, nurses and undertakers. Some led efforts to keep the public safe, others scrambled to save businesses and community groups, and most simply endured.

Riggenbach said she was impressed by the way people dealt with loss – of loved ones, of jobs, of businesses – without giving up.

“People just adapted. They made do with what they had, tried new ideas and found ways to move forward,” Riggenbach said. “That takes courage. That takes strength.”

Many of the Tumultuous 2020 interviews are already available on the ALPLM’s oral history website, www.OralHistory.Illinois.gov.

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Time

(Wednesday) 11:00 am - 12:00 pm(GMT-05:00) View in my time

Location

Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, 212 N 6th St, Springfield, IL 62701, USA

Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, 212 N 6th St, Springfield, IL 62701, USA

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