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November 2021

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Events in the month of November 2021
Sarah Lincoln: A Grateful Nation

Sarah Lincoln, born in 1788, stepmother to Abraham, successfully raised a family in the harshest conditions of the American frontier. Her success in the domestic sphere, operating within traditional gender roles, nurtured one of the nation’s greatest leaders. Lori Henderson, Lincoln Log Cabin Foundation Board President, will talk about Sarah's impact and how women have preserved her memory in Coles County. Lori used the fictional book “That Nation Might Live: One Afternoon with Lincoln's Stepmother” for inspiration which is based on William Herndon’s interview with Sarah after the assassination of the president. It is available at the Goosenest Prairie Gift Shop at Lincoln Log Cabin.

Register by November 2, 2021.

You can register by calling 217-581-5114 or register online through this link.

This virtual event can be accessed through this zoom link.

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For the Record: Book Readings and Author Signing

Past-Forward Memoir Writers are pleased to announce the publication of their third book, “For the Record,” which is a collection of stories, poems, memories, and musings, representing the work of 29 authors. Topics range from spring tonics to the “dirty” truth about toilet paper. And Milo is back—this time offering bits of canine wisdom, as he tries his paw at writing an advice column.

The public is invited to a special program at the Charleston Carnegie Public Library on Sunday, November 7, from 1:30-2:30, which will celebrate the book’s publication and feature authors reading snippets from pieces found in the book. The program will be followed by an open house and book signing from 2:30-3:30. During this time, books will be available for purchase and author signings. The event is free of charge and will be held in accordance with current COVID restrictions. Check our Facebook page and website for updates.

Register by November 5, 2021.

Registration requested due to limited seating. You can register by calling 217-581-5114 or register online through this link.

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For the Record: Book Readings and Author Signing; Press Release from the Past Forward Memoir Writers


Press Release:

The members of the Past Forward Memoir Writers announce the publication of their third book, For The Record. The public is invited to a stage show introducing the latest work by authors from the Past Forward writing group. The free event will be held at the Charleston Carnegie Library, Sunday afternoon, NOVEMBER 7, beginning at 1:30 p.m. A reception will follow at 2:30. Information on purchasing the book will be announced during the stage show and again at the reception.

The staged presentation, In Their Own Words, is an enjoyable community event not to be missed! These are writers with memorable stories to share. Readings will include short synopses and observations about the writers’ lives and experiences from their past. Their work brings memories to the audience of their own life experiences, and their own life’s lessons. Music, memories, and songs by Naomi Hills and John Crouch will highlight several stories and entertain the audience.
Phyllis Bayles is the stage show Director.

The variety of memoirs were written by Phyllis Bayles, Margie Checkley, Bob Clapp, Shelley and John Crouch, Lois Dickenson, Hannah Eads, Charlotte England,Richard England, Roxanne Frey, Marty Gabriel, Jane Gilbert,  June Hayden, Bill Heyduck, Naomi Hills,  Maddie Ignazito,  Donna Karbassioon, Rayma Laughlin, Stacy Lynn,  Amy Lynch, Kelly Nicholson, Daiva Markelis, Janet Messenger, Marita Metzke, Johnni Olds, Julie Rea, Denise Shumaker, Luz Whittenbarger, Jacqui Worden, and Yoana Yordanova.  The authors come from Charleston, Oakland, Paris, Casey, Martinsville, Greenup, and Grand Rapids, MN.  

All the stories in For The Record are original. In Their Own Words is a celebration capping several years of memoirs, several public appearances, and two published books by Past Forward Memoir Writers. Admission to both segments of the book presentation is free and light refreshments will be served.
The Coles County Arts Council sponsors the Past Forward memoir-writing group. The memoir reading event is presented in partnership with Eastern Illinois University’s Academy of Lifelong Learning. Follow Past Forward on Facebook:

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SBL Holiday Festival (Virtual)

The 23rd annual Sarah Bush Lincoln Holiday Festival, themed Comfort and Joy, will be enjoyed from the comfort of home as a virtual event again this year. Share the wonder of Holiday Festival through our exciting virtual affair, featuring a wide variety of beautifully decorated trees, wreaths, holiday décor and specialty items.

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Wind Energy in Coles County

Max Jabrixio, Public Engagement Manager for Coles Wind, will present on the proposed wind farm in northern Coles County. Max will share details on the wind project and some of the factors that make Coles County a great location for renewable energy. This presentation will also include an overview of the process of developing and constructing a utility-scale wind farm, and the project’s impacts and benefits to the community once operational.

Register by November 8, 2021.

You can register by calling 217-581-5114 or register online through this link.

This virtual event can be accessed through this zoom link.

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DAR: Coles County Patriots

The local chapter of the National Daughters of the American Revolution, Governor Edward Coles-Sally Lincoln commemorated its 100th anniversary in 2021. Local historian and genealogist, Cynthia Nichols, prepared for the celebration by developing a series of Patriotic Minutes, based on the lives of the men and women who are the Revolutionary War ancestors of the Chapter’s 110 members. She will share some interesting stories of those who have a close connection to the east side of Illinois.

A brief look at the women who organized the chapter in 1921 as well as the ways you can explore requirements for joining a lineage society such as the DAR, SAR, and Mayflower Society will also be provided by members of the local DAR chapter.


Register by November 9, 2021.

You can register by calling 217-581-5114 or register online through this link.

This virtual event can be accessed through this zoom link.

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Business After Hours- Coles Wind Energy

Join us on Thursday, November 11th from 5-7 PM at a Business After Hours for Coles Wind Energy!  Business After Hours are an excellent opportunity to get to know the hosting business as well as network with your fellow Chamber members.

Veterans Day at The Windsor of Savoy

The Windsor of Savoy in partnership with Health Alliance would like to invite all the local veterans and their families to drive on out and pick up a great Veterans Day meal. If you have time stay and enjoy the music on the back patio.
There is limited space so please RSVP today by calling 217-819-4996.

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Thanksgiving Community Service

Thanksgiving Community Service at the Oakland Christian Church

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