History Topics | Southwestern Illinois College

Target Audience Codes:

  • GS – Grade Schools
  • HS – High Schools
  • AG – Adult Groups

MON/RAND – Speaker will travel to Monroe/Randolph Counties

A REAL AMERICAN HERO

In this session, you will meet the granddaughter of real American hero Kristina Bunshak Stedronsky, who left Czechoslovakia at the age of 16 and came to America right before Hitler took over. Discussion includes what it means to be a Real American Hero and how they inspire and motivate us.

Christie Highlander, Faculty
Target Audiences: AG, HS

AMERICAN INDIANS IN THE CIVIL WAR

This presentation discusses the roles of the American Indians in the Civil War, on both Union and Confederate sides. PowerPoint slides accompany this presentation.

Candy Buechler, Administrative Assistant/Training and Development
Target Audiences: HS, AG

AMERICAN INDIANS: WHO ARE THEY?

This presentation will help dispel stereotypes of Native Americans. Learn where Native Americans live, how they look, where they work and their roles in today’s society.

Candy Buechler, Administrative Assistant/Training and Development
Target Audiences: GS (4-8th), HS, AG

AMERICAN WOMEN

Did you know that the U.S. Constitution (prior to the nineteenth amendment) did not deny the vote to women? And, did you know that there was a woman in Congress before most women could vote? These and other facts are included in this montage of American women which includes first ladies, reformers, writers, politicians, and others. This presentation also gives a historical perspective on the fight for woman suffrage and the conflicting strategies that eventually led to ratification of the nineteenth amendment.

Robert Cook, Adjunct Faculty
Target Audiences: AG
MON/RAND

FORTS & BLOCKHOUSES OF EARLY ILLINOIS

This one-hour PowerPoint presentation from the Hill’s Fort Society will enlighten you with images and detailed information about the forts and blockhouses of early Illinois.

William Wilson, Retired Faculty
Target Audiences: HS (9-12), AG, Genealogical Societies, Historic Societies
MON/RAND

GEORGE WASHINGTON: RELUCTANT STATESMAN

George Washington, after making significant contributions to the American revolution and to the constitutional convention, preferred to retire to his beloved Mount Vernon. Nevertheless, he answered the call of his fellow countrymen and women to become the first president of the republic. Included in this presentation are observations of contemporaries, historians and scholars that offer insight into the Washington character and persona.

Robert Cook, Adjunct Faculty
Target Audiences: AG
MON/RAND

LINCOLN AT GETTYSBURG

Perspectives on the Battle, the Battlefield Dedication, and Speech An overview of the battle and the subsequent dedication of the battlefield as the final resting-place of the soldiers who died there. Historical realities which are brought to light include the following facts: Lincoln very nearly did not attend; his invitation to attend, like his invitation to speak, was an afterthought; and, because he was not the main speaker, he was admonished to keep his remarks to a minimum. Remarks include the reaction of the press and others to what some believe to be the most eloquent utterance ever by an American statesman.

Robert Cook, Adjunct Faculty
Target Audiences: AG
MON/RAND

MARIE ROUENSA: PORTRAIT OF A KASKASKIA INDIAN

Learn from a direct descendent of Marie Rouensa how the daughter of Kaskaskia Chief Rouensa influenced the lives of the Kaskaskia Indians around the turn of the 18th century. Rouensa gained respect in a white society, becoming one of the most notable women in southern Illinois.

Candy Buechler, Administrative Assistant/Training and Development
Target Audiences: GS (6-8th), HS, AG

NOTABLE NATIVE AMERICANS PAST AND PRESENT

This presentation includes a PowerPoint presentation of Native Americans who have made an impact in history from the 19th Century to the present.

Candy Buechler, Administrative Assistant/Training and Development
Target Audiences: GS (5-8th), HS, AG

OLD GLORY

This presentation on the American flag covers several aspects of our flag’s traditions and history. The speaker will provide perspectives on the history of “Old Glory” from its inception through our republic’s times of travail and triumph. Guidelines for the addition of new stars as well as flag etiquette and protocol are detailed. A commentary on the controversial 1990 Supreme Court decision protecting the rights of flag burners and a number of interesting anecdotal entries are also provided.

Robert Cook, Adjunct Faculty
Target Audiences: AG
MON/RAND

PRESIDENTIAL WIT & HUMOR (INCLUDES VPS) NOTES, QUOTES AND ANECDOTES ON CHIEF EXECUTIVES

A humorous yet instructive look at American presidents, vice presidents, and would-be presidents. It includes observations on Congress, the courts, the press, and the presidency itself. The office of vice president is also examined and includes statements of vice presidents on the office that was once considered a political tomb. The program concludes with examples of presidential wit and repartee both on and off the campaign circuit.

Robert Cook, Adjunct Faculty
Target Audiences: AG
MON/RAND

TALES OF HILL’S FORT

The PowerPoint presentation from the Hill’s Fort Society provides a descriptive and detailed look into the War of 1812 and the battle that occurred at Hill’s Fort in Illinois.

William Wilson, Retired Faculty
Target Audiences: HS, AG, Historic Societies
MON/RAND

THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE

This presentation explores and answers some questions relative to the Declaration of Independence: What was the intent of the Second Continental Congress in issuing it? Did it, in fact, make Americans independent? Did it serve its purpose in 1776 only to be relegated thereafter to being a mere historical curiosity? What is its relevance for modern Americans?

Robert Cook, Adjunct Faculty
Target Audiences: HS, AG
MON/RAND

THE MIDDLE EAST TODAY

The speaker will discuss the Arab-Israeli dispute, fundamentalism, and the current political situation of the Middle East.

Anthony Vitale, Adjunct Faculty
Target Audiences: HS, AG

THE POLITICAL SITUATION IN THE COMMONWEALTH OF INDEPENDENT STATES

This presentation will give you an overview of the current political situation in Russia, including Yeltsin’s rule, political parties, etc.

Anthony Vitale, Adjunct Faculty
Target Audiences: HS, AG

THE POWWOW TRAIL

Powwows are a great way to learn more about Native American culture. This presentation will show you what to expect at a powwow. Learn about the history, events, dancers, terminology and powwow etiquette. PowerPoint is used and some dance items will be on hand. The session can be tailored to teach a Round Dance.

Candy Buechler, Administrative Assistant/Training and Development
Target Audiences: AG

THE VIETNAM SYNDROME

This presentation gives a history of the U.S. involvement in Vietnam from World War II until the signing of the Paris Peace Agreement in January 1973 and an explanation as to why the U.S. lost the war.

Wayne Ault, Retired Faculty
Target Audiences: AG

THE VIETNAM WAR

This presentation gives a history of the U.S. involvement in Vietnam from World War II until the signing of the Paris Peace Agreement in January 1973 and an explanation as to why the U.S. lost the war.

Wayne Ault, Retired Faculty
Target Audiences: AG

THE WAR OF 1812

This is a four-part program totaling three hours. The presentation can be tailored to your needs.

Part I: National scene of the War of 1812

Part II: Illinois forts and blockhouses where settlers sought shelter during the War of 1812 era

Part III: The nine major events in Illinois Territory during the War of 1812

Part IV: The War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission’s focus and upcoming events

William Wilson, Retired
Target Audiences: HS, AG, Historical Societies

THE WAR OF 1812 BICENTENNIAL

A discussion of the bicentennial program for the state of Illinois.

William Wilson, Retired Faculty
Target Audiences: HS, AG, historical societies

U.S. CONSTITUTION: BIRTH OF THE REPUBLIC

A look at the Philadelphia Convention and the men who attended it and wrote what William Gladstone called, “the most wonderful work ever struck off at one time by the brain and purpose of man.” Included in this presentation are observations on he significance of the absence of such men as Thomas Jefferson and Patrick Henry; the need for secrecy; the compromises between various conflicting interests; the document’s recognition of slavery; and the durability and flexibility of this framework of government.

Robert Cook, Adjunct Faculty
Target Audiences: AG
MON/RAND

UNSUNG HEROES OF THE CIVIL WAR: WOMEN SOLDIERS OF THE UNION ARMY

This presentation discusses the unusual role some women took during the Civil War and discusses who they were, why they joined and how they hid their gender and identity. The speaker can dress in women’s 1860s clothing and change to a Union soldier’s uniform during the presentation. PowerPoint slides accompany this presentation.

Candy Buechler, Administrative Assistant/Training and Development
Target Audiences: GS, HS, AG

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