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Activism in Northern Illinois

Sometimes We Must Interfere

Activism in Northern Illinois

Artwork by James Ingallino

The Regional History Center presents 'Sometimes We Must Interfere: Activism in Northern Illinois.' The exhibit focuses on how and why people in Northern Illinois have promoted change. It showcases collection materials that promote discussions and actions of change such as strikes, labor issues, boycotts, demonstrations, and voting behaviors.

The exhibit was on display all month in October 2016 in the foyer of Founders Memorial Library in celebration of American Archives Month and the Center's inaugural year of participation in Chicago Open Archives. A small display will be available for viewing from October 2016 through March 2017 in the Regional History Center (Founders, room 400).

This exhibit was created by the staff of the Regional History Center, a unique component of the Northern Illinois University’s commitment to education, research, and public service.The Center’s goal is to acquire, preserve, and make available to the public the most significant historical records of the northern Illinois region.  The Center actively collects historical material from the 18 northernmost counties of Illinois, excluding Cook.  Since 1964 the Center has evolved from a small university archive to a multifaceted research center containing three related sets of historical records available to researchers: Regional Collections, University Archives, and Local Governmental Records.