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Museum sets bicentennial talk

BLOOMINGTON — The McLean County Museum of History will host a program on the state's bicentennial with a presentation by professor James Simeone, whose talk will highlight the social and political tensions at work in Illinois during its first constitutional era (1818-1848).

The free program is at 7 p.m. Aug. 28 in the museum’s Governor Fifer courtroom.

Simeone teaches political theory and law in the Department of Political Science at Illinois Wesleyan University. He is the co-founder of the Action Research Center at IWU in 2003.