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Ebers property named state Centennial Farm

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The Illinois Department of Agriculture has designated the Chad Ebers farm near Chester as a Centennial Farm. To qualify as a Centennial Farm, a straight or collateral line of descendants must have owned the property for at least 100 years. The Centennial Farm program helps to reinforce that family farming remains a viable entity in Illinois agriculture. The Illinois Centennial Farms program has recognized more than 9,000 farms since its inception in the early 1970s.

Bicentennial Commission Moving Forward with 2018 Celebration

“Born, Built and Grown in Illinois”

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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.

Job Opening-Director of Development

Illinois State Historical Society

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Job Opening-Director of Development
Illinois State Historical Society
Full-time position

Position Description

The Illinois State Historical Society (ISHS) seeks a new, full-time Director of Development. Reporting to the Executive Director of the ISHS and working closely with members of the Board of Directors and its Development Committee, this person will be engaged with:

  • Board Development
  • Individual Giving – donor development
  • Corporate Giving -- donor development
  • Foundation Giving – grants searches and writing
  • Special events for fund-raising
This will involve fund-raising research and advice for the staff and Board; database development on members and potential donors/sponsors; fostering of donor and sponsor relations; and grants development.

ILLINOIS CLASSICS: A Bicentennial Reading List

Compiled for Illinois public libraries by John E. Hallwas of the Illinois State Historical Society

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This twelve-month reading list includes novels, nonfictional works, and poetry – all by Illinois authors and expressive of the Illinois experience. Along with the twelve-month schedule are some alternative book titles, in case a library wants to customize the 2018 reading list by substituting another notable work of fiction, nonfiction, or poetry.

Illinois Bicentennial Gifts/Souvenirs

Illinois Bicentennial Commission

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Looking for official Illinois Bicentennial gift/souvenir items to sell at your museum shop or historical society or for yourself? The Illinois Bicentennial website, www.Illinois200.com has all sorts of suggestions to help make your celebration special. Flags, banners, apparel, commemorative gifts, tote bags, lapel pins, holiday items, blankets, and can coolers are just a few of the commemorative souvenirs available for purchase. To find out more, follow this link: https://orders.corp-imaging.com/IllinoisBicentennial/#.

The Perfect Gift—An ISHS Membership

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Are you looking for a great gift for the person who has everything or who loves history? Consider a gift membership to the Illinois State Historical Society. Stay up to date on the bicentennial happenings and other historical events around Illinois. You can get that perfect gift that keeps on giving by calling 866-244-0626 or online at http://www.historyillinois.org/Membership.aspx

Society seeks donors to place iconic Lincoln portrait in state's county courthouses

Photo was taken in Springfield, June 3, 1860, after Lincoln won the Republican nomination for president

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The Illinois State Historical Society is trying to place a large canvas photograph of Abraham Lincoln in every courthouse in Illinois. These 30" x 40" inch framed canvases (shown below) are the best photographic reproduction images of Lincoln as he looked in Illinois (without a beard) shortly after he received the national Republican Party nomination for president. The photo was taken by famed photographer Alexander Hesler in Springfield at the Old State Capitol on June 3, 1860, and was deemed by Lincoln to be his favorite likeness.

The framed canvas portraits are available ONLY from the Illinois State Historical Society, and it is our intention to place one in every Illinois courthouse in time for the bicentennial next December. Can you help us? The cost of a portrait of A. Lincoln is $500, plus tax (no tax if you're a member of the ISHS). For $25 we will deliver the canvas to the county courthouse of your choice.

Please allow two weeks for delivery, but order your Lincoln Hesler canvas today. Let's put Honest Abe in every Illinois courthouse for Illinois's 200th anniversary. For details or more information, call 217-525-2781 and ask for Gwen.

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