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Studying past lives in Grayslake Cemetery

Studying past lives in Grayslake...

Raquel Harris's 5th graders used information from headstones to delve...

Studying past lives in Grayslake Cemetery

Studying past lives in Grayslake Cemetery

Raquel Harris's 5th graders used information from headstones to delve into the history of their community.
From origins in a small Robinson confectionary to mass production

From origins in a small Robinson...

Heath toffee bars satisfied WW II soldiers in the field and are still...

From origins in a small Robinson confectionary to mass production

From origins in a small Robinson confectionary to mass production

Heath toffee bars satisfied WW II soldiers in the field and are still made today, thanks to their demand.
Waiting for Johnny Appleseed Trees at the Strawbridge Shepherd House

Waiting for Johnny Appleseed Trees...

October 4th found several anxious recipients of Johnny Appleseed trees...

Waiting for Johnny Appleseed Trees at the Strawbridge Shepherd House

Waiting for Johnny Appleseed Trees at the Strawbridge Shepherd House

October 4th found several anxious recipients of Johnny Appleseed trees waiting for the delivery to arrive some two hours behind schedule.  Patient tree patrons were rewarded!

 

Today in history

4/20/1916

The first National League baseball game at Weeghman Park (later Wrigley Field) is played and the Cubs beat the Cincinnati Reds 7-6 in 11 innings. A bear cub was brought to the game. The first National League game played was played there 2 years earlier, making Wrigley Field the second-oldest ball park in the nation, second only to Boston's Fenway Park.

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Historical Markers

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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Do you have an exciting local history news story or an event that you would like to share? Use this form to submit it and after a quick review it will be added to our news roll or events calendar. There is even a special category for Bicentennial events. The goal is to add news and events from all over the state to celebrate Illinois’ rich history. Get involved and get the word out about news and events in your area.

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ISHS Annual Meeting and Annual Awards Luncheon

ISHS Annual Meeting and Annual Awards Luncheon
The ISHS Annual Meeting and Annual Awards luncheon will be held on Saturday, May 5, 2018 at the Old State Capitol in Springfield.

The Annual Awards Luncheon will begin at 11:30 a.m. with the Annual Meeting and Awards presentation immediately to follow. The luncheon will be in the Foundation Room, lower level of the Capitol. After the luncheon we will adjourn to the House of Representatives upstairs for the presentation of awards.

Bicentennial Commission Moving Forward with 2018 Celebration

“Born, Built and Grown in Illinois”

This year marks the bicentennial of the state of Illinois.  Illinois became the 21st state on December 3, 1818 when President James Monroe signed the legislation admitting us to the Union. In honor of this occasion, Governor Bruce Rauner in 2016 issued Executive Order 2016-11, which created the state’s Bicentennial Commission. The commission consists of a diverse group of Illinois residents who have a passion and love for this state. David Scott serves as the ISHS representative on the commission. The purpose of the commission is to develop and implement a statewide program to celebrate the bicentennial. The slogan of the commission is Born, Built, and Grown in Illinois. Using almost entirely private money (with the exception of staff support) and working with partners and generous donors, the commission is moving forward with statewide bicentennial celebration plans.

New St. Clair County Genealogical Society Cemetery Book Now Available

The St. Clair County Genealogical Society's newest book on cemeteries in Prairie Du Long and Smithton Townships is now available. More than 3,100 burials in 31 cemeteries are included, from as early as 1815 through 2016. The book is $15.00 including shipping. The order form is on the Society's website at www.stclair-ilgs.org.
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