Adult Programs

100 Years Around the Arboretum (In-person or online)

Bring history to life in this special centennial-themed lecture about The Morton Arboretum. Celebrating 100 years, The Morton Arboretum has a fascinating past.

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Watch history come to life in this special centennial-themed lecture about The Morton Arboretum. Celebrating 100 years, The Morton Arboretum has a fascinating past. Two of the Arboretum’s most knowledgeable historians, author Cindy Crosby and library collections manager Rita Hassert, will share stories of the Mortons, the Arboretum, and the trees that make this place such a treasure. Join us in person, or tune in via Zoom from the comfort of your home. 

Following the presentation, those joining us in person are invited to a special open house of the Sterling Morton Library, where special and rarely seen items from the collection, including works of art, will be on display.

COVID-19 Precautions:

Program participants must abide by the Arboretum’s safety guidelines

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  • Held indoors, or join us online via Zoom. 
  • Automatically generated captions will be available during the live Zoom session.
  • This program will not be recorded.
  • Limit: 100 (online) 35 (in person)

Instructor: Rita Hassert, library collections manager, and Cindy Crosby, author

Cindy Crosby is the author, compiler, or contributor to more than 20 books, including “The Tallgrass Prairie: An Introduction,” co-author of “Tallgrass Conversations: In Search of the Prairie Spirit” and author of “Chasing Dragonflies: A Natural and Cultural History” (Northwestern University Press, 2020). Cindy is a prairie steward at the Schulenberg Prairie and Nachusa Grasslands, and coordinates dragonfly monitoring programs at both sites. She earned a Master’s Degree in Natural Resources at University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. She blogs each week at Tuesdays in the Tallgrass @Wordpress and teaches natural history and trains naturalists in the Chicago region. Find out more on www.cindycrosby.com

Holding an M.S. in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois, Rita Hassert has been on the staff of the Sterling Morton Library since 1986. An avid gardener and researcher, she finds herself keenly interested and engaged in the intersection of gardens, people, information, community, art, plants, technology, and libraries. Founder of the Library’s book discussion group, Leafing Through the Pages, and coordinator of the Arboretum’s Chamber Concert Series, she believes in the profound impact of The Morton Arboretum!

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