2016 Fireside Chats Now Online


This fall, the Iles House presented its annual "Fireside Chats" series to enthusiastic audiences.  These have also been videotaped and are accessible by clicking on the links below:


An Evening with Mark McDonald: Join Mark as he speaks about his career producing his well-regarded “Illinois Stories” for WSEC Network Knowledge, and shares his and Dr. Gregory Mishkel’s newly won Emmy Award in the Interview/Discussion category for “Cardia: Hearts and Sciences.” (38 minutes)

Establishing SpringfieldLinda Garvert speaks on the men and politics involved in the creation and early growth of Springfield, beginning with the first settlers and concluding with the issuance of Springfield’s city charter in 1840. (45 minutes)

Archaeological Investigations for the Carpenter Street Underpass Project: Floyd Mansberger relates stories of the excavation and research of buildings on Tenth Street between Madison and Mason Streets as a prerequisite to construction of the high speed rail line through Springfield.  He describes how his company, Fever River Research, selected where to excavate, and how the artifacts they found there speak about the lives of the people who lived in the Badlands area before it was destroyed by fire in the 1908 race riots. (52 minutes) NOTE: late in this video, a very long web address leads to a PDF file of the official report to the Federal Railroad Administration, but you can easily reach it by clicking here. (It’s a long report and may take a while to download.)

Last summer, the Iles House sponsored a series of “Porchside Chats” on a variety of subjects, presented by distinguished Springfieldians and Lincoln Historians.  Each of these was videotaped, and now four of them are available online.  To view these chats, just click on the title.

Strozier vs. HartCharles Strozier and Richard Hart debate the relationship between Abraham Lincoln and his Father, Thomas.

A Life Spent With LincolnDr. Wayne Temple, an eminent Lincoln Scholar recalls his academic life spent researching and writing about our 16th President, interviewed by Dave Joens.

Lincoln's First Year in IllinoisJudge Ron Spears gives an account of Lincoln’s early life in Illinois, with emphasis on The Lincoln Homestead State Park near Decatur.

The Admiral's Sea StoriesRetired VADM Ron Thunman, who was in charge of the U.S. Navy’s Atlantic submarine fleet, tells stories of his time in the service, including the finding of the Titanic.

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