Illinois Speakers' Bureau
Tina BeairdTina Beaird, owner of Tamarack Genealogy, lectures nationally on topics including genealogical methodology, military research, digitization and archival preservation. A graduate of Dominican University in River Forest, with a Masters degree in Library and Information Science, her specialty is archives and preservation. She has won several digitization grants over the last decade to scan and preserve photos and documents for future generations. She often provides scanning support and guidance to local genealogical and historical societies. Tina recently published the article, Recreating a World War I Veteran’s Service History for the National Genealogical Society’s April-June 2017 issue. She serves on the board directors for the Illinois State Historical Records Advisory Board, the Northern Illinois Historic League, and the Oswegoland Heritage Association. She has been researching her family’s history, as time permits, for over twenty years.
Speaking topics include:
Military GenealogyTina will explain the significance behind using original records for tracing your ancestor's military service. Records from the American Revolution to WWII will be discussed as well as sources for modern records. Learn what types of documents are available within federal, state and local archives.
Reconstructing Your Soldier's WWI ExperienceMany federal WWI personnel records were destroyed in a National Archives fire in the 1970s. Tina offers ways to locate copies of peripheral federal military records and provides solutions for recreating some of your soldier's lost military history by using local government documents, newspapers and more.
Researching Military Records at the National ArchivesWhether you are researching military records at the National Archives in Washington D.C., the National Records Personnel Center in St. Louis or regional archives like Great Lakes in Chicago, Tina has boots-on-the-ground experience in each location and offers tips and tricks for getting the most out of your visit.
Using State Adjutant General Records in Your Military ResearchAdjutant General's Records offer compelling details of everyday military life for millions of American soldiers from the Civil War to World War I. These records were kept by each state by order of the Governor and offer meaningful insight into daily military operations at the company, unit and regimental level. Records include muster rolls, monthly regimental reports, promotions, discharges, reenlistments, casualty reports and more.
PANDEMIC 1918! Combating the Spanish Influenza during the Great WarMore than thirty percent of Americans were estimated to have contracted the Spanish Influenza in 1918 and millions of people lost their lives. Explore the timeline of the outbreak and hear tales of how the U.S. Army, Navy and civilian population centers tried desperately to combat the disease. Discover resources for tracing your influenza victims through newspapers, government records, medical journals, hospital registers and more.
Spirit of St, Louis: WWI Records available at the National Personnel Records Center
The National Records Personnel Center in St. Louis has many records pertinent to your WWI soldier's service. OMPFs, Official Military Personnel Files, Monthly regimental rolls, hospital records, military court martial and graves registration service files all offer clues into your veteran's military experience.
William F. Brooks
William Brooks is Professor of Music at the University of York, England, and Professor Emeritus at the University of Illinois. With degrees in musicology and in composition-theory, his research has always focused on the history of American music, both classical and popular. He has been actively engaged in research on the music of World War I since 2005, and his work has been supported by grants from the Arts and Humanities Research Council
Music of the First World War
Brooks can provide lectures and lecture-recitals involving from one to six people. Alone, he can offer talks from 30 minutes to an hour in length on a variety of topics, each illustrated with period recordings and illustrations. These can be tailored to specific audiences and locations, since the Midwest has a rich and neglected history of music in the early twentieth
Andrew BullenAndrew Bullen has a AB in Philosophy from the University of Chicago and an MS-LIS from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is currently the Information Technology Coordinator for the Illinois State Library. He has a great deal of experience with digital humanities projects, and has worked with the Pullman State Historic Site to bring the images and archives of his neighborhood in Chicago, Pullman, to life. He is part of the team that has developed the Illinois Digital Archives, a statewide repository of image collections, and the Electronic Documents of Illinois, a custom data management system for born-digital state documents.
Speaking topics include:
The Pullman Company and Neighborhood in the First World WarThe wartime experiences of the Pullman Company and neighborhood accurately describe the reality of life in America. This lecture, first presented at the Pullman National Monument in September, 2016, used images and readings from letters describing the experiences of Pullman residents and employees during 1916-1919. I described Pullman's reaction to the Punitive Raid on Mexico, the Preparedness Movement, the Plattsburg Movement, foreign service of Pullman employees, war time service, products, and the role of the 35th engineers, women at the factory during war time, loss and injury of Pullman soldiers, and finally Pullman soldiers in the Polar Bear Expedition and the first Red Scare.
Music of the First World WarWorld War One has been called the most musical of all wars. This discussion compares/contrasts the British and American experiences of the important year of 1916 through contemporary sheet music-in the case of the U.S., the Punitive Raid on Mexico, reaction to Edith Cavell's shooting, opposition to America's involvement, and the Preparedness Movement/Plattsburg Movement with Britain's Battle of the Somme, the appearance of the tank, and the British Shell Crisis.
1919: The Worst YearIn the U.S., 1919 began with a deadly flood of molasses in Boston and ended in a nationwide haze of racial violence. This lecture describes the turbulent world after the First World War, including the devastation of the Influenza Epidemic, revolutions, and famine.