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Lee Slider - Historians Speak

Lee Slider served as a cultural interpreter for the Macon County Conservation District, and from the 1960s on he was a leading activist for historical preservation, interpretation and education in central Illinois. He was also active in the field of archeology. He worked at the Homestead Prairie Farm in the Rock Springs Conservation Area southwest of Decatur for decades. The farm includes the Macon County Conservation District’s restored 1850-era log home. Slider is an award-winning cultural and historic interpreter.

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Abstract

Interview Session 01 (Audio)

Early history, military, working career and early conservation work

Interview Session 02 (Audio)

Career as conservationist and historic interpreter in Macon County


Photos

Caption

Lee Slider, early in his career as a cultural interpreter with the Macon County Conservation District, addresses an elementary school classroom.

Where:

Unknown

When:

Circa late 1970s-early 1980s

Ownership:

Narrator's photo

Caption

Lee Slider (right) and his wife, Carroll, in period clothes at a living history program at Rock Spring Conservation area near Decatur in the early 1990s.

Where:

Rock Spring Conservation area

When:

early 1990s

Ownership:

Narrator's photo

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Lee Slider, dressed as the traveling phrenologist ‘Professor Phineas Fairhead,’ “reads” the head of a woman. The event was at the Clayville Historic Site, near Springfield, Illinois circa 2000s.

Where:

Clayville Historic Site

When:

Circa 2000s

Ownership:

Narrator's photo

Caption

Lee Slider, dressed as “Joe Trobaugh,” beats the drum during a living history program at Homestead Prairie Farm in the Rock Springs Conservation Area, just southwest of Decatur, circa 2005-2007. This program recreated the 1860 Presidential campaign.

Where:

Rock Springs Conservation Area

When:

2005-2007

Ownership:

Narrator's photo

Caption

Lee Slider during one of the interviews for this project, October 2019, in Decatur, Illinois.

Where:

Unknown

When:

October 2019

Ownership:

ALPL Oral History Program photo



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