Wild Hare Café  Friday, March 16th

       The Elkhart Historical Society announces the return of the ever popular Chuck McCue to the Dinner Lecture podium on Friday March 16th.  In his presentation last spring, “The Boys From Kentucky”, McCue spoke of the relationship between Richard J. Oglesby and Abraham Lincoln - two men, born as sons to Kentucky farmers just a few miles and a few years apart, who each grew to have an enormous impact on the legal system and government of Illinois and the nation. 

       This year, McCue will focus exclusively on Oglesby, whom he considers one of the most interesting figures in Illinois history.   Orphaned at young age, Oglesby was a self-made man who had already been a lawyer, prospector, soldier, shopkeeper and world traveler before turning to politics.   He was the only Illinois governor elected to three non-consecutive terms, and represented the state for one term in the U.S. Senate. This program will go beyond last year’s, including Oglesby’s third gubernatorial election and his time in Elkhart.

       Once retired from the Air Force, Elkhart native and historian McCue chose to volunteer his time as a docent at the Mt. Pulaski Courthouse, as well as recently appearing on both the Springfield Muni and HFTA stages.  He served as Commander of Mt. Pulaski American Legion Ryman-Fuiten Post 447.


The lecture will be held in Horsefeather’s Wild Hare Café on Friday, March 16th at 5:30p (Doors open at 5:00 p) and a traditional dinner of Corned Beef and Cabbage or White Lasagna will be offered.  The cost, which includes a $10 donation to the Elkhart Historical Society,   is $40.  Reservations should be made quickly as space is limited, please call 217 947 2238, once confirmed you may download the reservation form and mail it in with your check.

The Elkhart Historical Society announces the return of  the ever popular  Karl Luthin, DVM, to the Dinner Lecture podium, Friday January 26, at 5:30pm, at the Wild Hare Café in Horsefeathers Shop, Elkhart Illinois.  Dr. Karl will regale us with the challenges of training horses for the movies.  Luthin’s credentials are numerous from both the professional veterinarian standpoint but also from the aspect of the big screen as a reenactor.  Some of the movies which Luthin has been a part of are: Gods and Generals”, “Glory”, The “John Adams”,  “Into the West” mini series, “Gettysburg”, “Cold Mountain”, and most recently providing a tremendous amount of equipment as well as the horse Daniel Day Lewis  rode in  “Lincoln”.  


“Welcome to Hollywood”  with Karl Luthin, DVM at Wildhare Cafe


Friday January 26, 2018



      Karl Luthin has been involved in over 60 movies, either in the capacity of on-site veterinarian, as a re-enactor, or as prop supply this category includes both live and plastic horses, uniforms and horse equipment from wars dating back to the French and Indian War thru WWI.

        It will cover many of his experiences while working on the movie sets in over 60 productions and mini-series.  Multi-faceted Luthin  is often the on-site veterinarian, or re-enactor, frequently providing props, set dressings, and horses, or as an advisor helping to insure the historic accuracy of the equipment or costumes being used.

      Some of the productions he has been involved in are, “Gods and Generals”, “Glory”, The “John Adams” mini-series,  “Into the West”, “Gettysburg”, “Cold Mountain”, and most recently providing a massive amount of props as well as the horse Daniel Day Lewis  rode in the movie  “Lincoln”. Karl will be bringing film clips and slides from many of these movies, as well as movie posters, and the behind-the-scenes stories. 

The Elkhart Historical Society announces the return of Dr. Dennis Campbell at 5:30 pm on Friday,  February 23rd with his newest dinner lecture entitled “A Walk Back in Time – Peoples of the Past Within Illinois.”  This illustrated dinner lecture at the Wild Hare Café in the Horsefeathers Shop, Elkhart, Illinois, will talk about how Native Americans and Pioneers would have interacted with the environment and how they had to adapt to the land and its resources. He will touch on cultures as far back as 12,000 years ago during the Paleo-Indian time, through the Archaic, Woodland and Mississippian eras, and then to the more recent Kickapoo farmers and Pioneer settlers.

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