Current Offerings

Presentations for February - April 2018

Unless otherwise indicated, presentations are held every Tuesday from 2-3 p.m. in the Olin Room (lower level) of the DU Olin Library. The IML does not meet during the months of January, August or December.


February 6
Sara Lampe, Community Participation/Community Leader 

From her days as Director of the Wings Program at Phelps School for the Gifted, to her days as a State Representative, and her current role as Chair of the Missouri Human Rights Commission, Sara is well known in the community.

February 13
Ilace Mears, Hammered Dulcimer Musician 

Today’s hammered dulcimer is not your grandmother’s zither - nor is it a mountain dulcimer. With roots in ancient Persia, this versatile instrument lends itself well to a broad spectrum of musical styles. Learn about its evolution and listen to its expressive potential from Bach to Old-Time Mountain and Three Dog Night. Ilace is the 2016 Hammered Dulcimer National Champion and has declared her 11-year love of the instrument “the best mid-life crisis ever!”

February 20 - Estate Planning: The Importance of Being Prepared! 
Jessica Kruse, Ozarks Elder Law Attorney

Regardless of your level of wealth, estate planning is a vital part of your overall financial plan. Planning ahead can give you greater control, privacy and an opportunity to leave more of your legacy to your loved ones.

February 27
Curtis Millsap, Community Supported Agriculture: Local Farmer 

Curtis is the primary farmer at Millsap Farms, a diversified family-run farm focused on sustainable agriculture, using organic practices to produce year-round. They sell directly from the farm, as well as at Farmers Market of the Ozarks. He enjoys teaching others what he knows and feels that this is an important part of sustainable agriculture.

March 6 - Memory & Legacy: Missouri the Great War
Brian Grubbs, Greene County Library District 

More than 156,000 Missourians served in World War I. The ways in which the state of Missouri has remembered their service and sacrifice has changed greatly since the 1920s. Brian will discuss the legacy of the war in Missouri and the state’s commemoration efforts in the digital age.

March 13 - From Hair to Hamilton: The American Musical in the 21st Century 
Robert "Bob" Bradley, IML Member 

The musicals you heard when you were growing up were quite different today. What inspired the change? 

March 20 - Stories of Counterfeiting
Paul Gill, IML Member 

Paul will discuss the more than 2,500 years of deception as viewed by ancient Athens, Isaac Newton, Benjamin Franklin and Nazi Germany.

March 27
Protima Roy, Ph.D. & Rabindra Roy, Ph.D., Emeritus Faculty, Drury University  

Drs. Protima and Rabrinda Roy will give us insights on the model school, Hem Sheela, they founded in India.

April 3
Steve Pokin, Writer, Springfield News-Leader 

Steve will give us an insight into a day in the life of a reporter.

April 10
Nancy Applequist Allen, Lawyer, Professor and Author 

Visit with Nancy as she shares her journey from law school to best-selling author. Nancy has three murder-mysteries set in the Ozarks which draw from her experiences as a Greene County Prosecuting Attorney.

April 17
Mary Collette, President of Commercial Club of Springfield and owner of Collette Parker Restoration 

Mary, a long-time Commercial Street activist and advocate, will provide historical context for the rebirth of this exciting local and federal historic district. She will also invite participants to become active in supporting efforts to restore the Jefferson Avenue footbridge, as well as the Sesquicentennial celebration of “the original downtown of North Spring eld (1870-1887)” in 2020.

April 24
Bill Garvin, Director of F.W. Olin Library, Drury University 

Join Bill as he shares his interesting research on World War II aviators.