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“Through Darkness to Light: Photographs Along the Underground Railroad,” a Presentation by Jeanine Michna-Bales, Thursday, February 23, 2017, 7pm.

“Untold Stories: Enslaved People in the Home of the Grimke Family,” a Presentation by Louise W. Knight, Thursday, March 2, 2017, 7pm.


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February UTB Lecture:
Jeanine Michna-Bales Talk, Winter 2016“Through Darkness to Light: Photographs Along the Underground Railroad” with Jeanine Michna-Bales
Thursday, February 23, 2017, 7pm.

Reception catered by Whole Foods Market starts at 6:30pm

Photographer Jeanine Michna-Bales spent more than a decade researching the way enslaved people escaped to freedom and the pathways and safe houses they used along the routes that guided freedom seekers north. Through her project, she produced a series of haunting and moving photographs made along a distance that extended from the cotton plantations of central Louisiana, through the cypress swamps of Mississippi and the plains of Indiana, north to Canada— a path of nearly fourteen hundred miles. Her images comprise both a traveling exhibit (on view at EHC and the Evanston Arts Center January 28 – March 16, 2017) and a companion book, Through Darkness to Light (2017). Join us for a presentation by Michna-Bales as she discusses her work, the meanings captured by her images, and the ways in which she uses photography as a tool for education and dialogue. A book signing will follow the presentation. Presented in partnership with the Lombard Historical Society.
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March UTB Lecture:
“Untold Stories: Enslaved People in the Home of the Grimke Family” with Louise W. Knight, Thursday, March 2, 2017, 7pm.

Reception catered by Whole Foods Market starts at 6:30pm

When we think about how enslaved people responded to their bondage, we often think first of those who liberated themselves through the underground railroad, but this is only part of the story. Join us for a presentation by historian Louise W. Knight as she discusses some of the other ways people rebelled against enslavement, drawing on the stories of the enslaved people of the aristocratic Grimke family of Charleston, South Carolina. Pieced together from correspondence, white owners’ published recollections, and “runaway” ads in newspapers, the stories illustrate the courage and resourcefulness with which people met their involuntary bondage.
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This Women’s History Month program is co-sponsored with the Evanston Women’s History Project.
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“Through Darkness to Light: Photographs Along the Underground Railroad”
January 28, 2017 – March 16, 2017

The Evanston History Center and the Evanston Art Center present the midwest premiere of Jeanine Michna-Bales’ haunting and inspiring photographs taken along the paths that led from slavery to freedom, “Through Darkness to Light: Photographs Along the Underground Railroad.”

An opening reception will be held on Saturday, January 28, 2017, 2-4pm, at the Evanston History Center. An opening reception will be held on Sunday, January 29, 2017, 1-4PM, at the Evanston Art Center. Both receptions are free and open to the public.

The exhibit, which is co-sponsored by the Evanston History Center and the Evanston Art Center, will be on view at those two locations from January 28 – March 16, 2017.