The Hill of Crosses, Siauliai, Lithuania

Please spread the word! Springfield Lithuanian-American Club member Mike Lelys will be presenting a 20-minute talk on the two distinct waves of 20th-century Lithuanian immigration to Sangamon County. (I’m assisting Mike with research and graphics for his speech.)
Mike’s presentation is part of a University of Illinois-Springfield luncheon program called “Chasing the American Dream to the Heartland” from 11:30-1:30 Wednesday, Oct. 3 at the UIS Public Affairs Center (parking in lots C and D). The cost is $20 and includes a hot buffet lunch. Registration is required at http://www.uiaa.org/uis . For more information, please phone 206-7395.
“Chasing the American Dream,” in turn, is part of the Fall 2012 Lunch and Learn Series entitled, “Landscapes of Living History: Past and Future, presented by the UIS Alumni SAGE Society (University of Illinois Alumni Association.)
Mike’s Oct. 3 “American Dream” presentation will be accompanied by a talk by Victor Juarez, a first-generation Peruvian-American, about Latino-Hispanic immigration to Central Illinois. (Both talks were suggested/arranged by William Furry, executive director of the Illinois State Historical Society.)

Mike is a first-generation Lithuanian-American who was part of the post-WW II “Displaced Persons” immigration to the United States. He is also executive director of historic Oak Ridge Cemetery, the burial place of Abraham Lincoln.

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