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A charter is granted to the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts, now known as the Art Institute of Chicago.
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Since 1934, the Illinois State Historical Society has erected more than 500 historical markers statewide. Subjects of historical significance to Illinois are co-sponsored by local organizations and supporters. The Illinois State Historical Society coordinates the placement and management of historical markers throughout the state.
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The Illinois State Historical Society is now accepting applications for the 2019 ISHS Centennial Business Awards.
Was your Illinois-based business founded in 1919 or earlier? Has it been accepted into the ISHS Centennial Business database and been recognized by the Society at the annual Centennial Awards luncheon? If not, go to the Society's web page at www.historyillinois.org and download an application. If you're having trouble finding the appropriate documentation for determining your business's eligibility, we can help.
This year's applications are due in July. Don't wait to apply. The Society is honoring this year's inductees on September 14!
The year was 1869. In New York City, Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton founded the National Woman Suffrage Association. Ulysses S. Grant was sworn in as the nation’s 18th president. The transcontinental railroad was completed with a golden spike in Promontory, Utah. Overseas, Egypt’s new Suez Canal linked the Mediterranean Sea and the Red Sea. And here in Illinois, Cyrus Thomas was charged by the first Board of Trustees of the fledgling Southern Illinois Normal University (SINU)—(now Southern Illinois University Carbondale) to organize a university museum.
On Friday, April 26, the Illinois State Historical Society’s “Best of Illinois History” awards were presented to a packed house at Roots Banquet Hall in Petersburg, the county seat of Menard County. More than 30 individuals, museums, publishers and authors, and regional historical societies were honored for their efforts during the state’s bicentennial year to showcase Illinois history to their respective communities and to the world.
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Belleville Museum Day 2019 – “Downtown Discoveries”
Join local historical organizations for a fun, educational day filled with exhibits, demonstrations, activities, food, drink, and more.
French Colonial Garden Driving Tour
Enjoy a Sunday drive through the "French Colonial Corridor" along the middle Mississippi River Valley. Whether you begin your journey near Prairie du Rocher or Ste. Genevieve, these heritage gardens are sure to provide inspiration and enjoyment.
Eastern European Immigrants of Madison County: Traditions from Home
Presenter Marvin Moehle of Granite City is the grandson of Macedonian immigrants who played a major role in his life. They taught him the native language, traditions, folklore, and the village culture of his ancestors. As a child, he took an interest in ethnography, preserving the traditions, stories, and culture of the peoplein his Lincoln Place neighborhood in Granite City.
Annual Hyde Park Historical Society History Fair Awards Program
Meet the winners of the Society's award for the best student projects on the history of Hyde Park Township from the 2019 Chicago Metro History Fair and see a presentation of their projects. Commentary on student projects will be made by local historians.
For more information, contact: Kathy Huff, firstname.lastname@example.org, 773-241-7141.
New Philadelphia and the Story of Free Frank
In partnership with the Hayner Genealogy and Local History Library of Alton, the Madison County Historical Society will host Gerald A. McWorter and Kate Williams-McWorter, authors of a new book on the town of New Philadelphia, Illinois. New Philadelphia, located in Pike County about 20 miles east of Hannibal, Missouri, was the first known town in the United States to be founded and platted by an African-American.
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