Dr. Cremin speaks at Smithsonian exhibit opening

Lewis history professor speaks at Smithsonian exhibit opening

Published: January 15, 2010.


Dr. Dennis H. Cremin, director of the
Lewis University History Center:
Urban, Cultural and Catholic History
of the Upper Midwest and assistant
professor of history, stands at Lincoln
Landing in Lockport.

Dr. Dennis H. Cremin, director of the Lewis University History Center: Urban, Cultural and Catholic History of the Upper Midwest and assistant professor of history, will speak Jan. 30 at the Buchanan Center for the Arts in Monmouth, Ill. Along with Cremin, William Withuhn, curator of History of Technology at the Smithsonian Institutions’ National Museum of American History, will speak at the opening of the Smithsonian Institutions’ exhibit, “Journey Stories.”

The pair will share their perspectives on the “Journey Stories” exhibit, which has toured the State of the Illinois during the past year as part of the Museum on Main Street program that makes Smithsonian travelling exhibits available to smaller museums or organizations. The program is administered by the Illinois Humanities Council. The “Journey Stories” exhibit opens Jan. 30 and runs through March 14 at Buchanan Center.

Cremin has served as the Illinois State Scholar working with organizations to create companion exhibits that showcase their local collections. Cremin said, “The Journey Stories exhibit provide a wonderful overview of how people came to America. The exhibit illustrates how mobile Americans have been. From the local perspective, the exhibit allows people to add their stories to the larger narrative. In fact, I’d encourage people to visit the Web site of the Buchanan Center and view some of the community videos.”

A Catholic university sponsored by the De La Salle Christian Brothers, Lewis offers nearly 80 undergraduate majors and programs of study, accelerated degree completion options for working adults, various aviation programs and 22 graduate programs in nine fields. The ninth largest private, not-for-profit university in Illinois is being honored for the sixth consecutive year by The Princeton Review and U.S. News & World Report.



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