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Speakers at the dedication ceremony included Quincy Cummings,...

Bloomington marker commemorates era of racial segregation

Bloomington marker commemorates era of racial segregation

Speakers at the dedication ceremony included Quincy Cummings, president of the Bloomington-Normal NAACP.
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12/17/1881

Fayetteville's incorporation as a village in St. Clair County is recorded. It was first incorporated April 15, 1869. Nearby, on the north side of IL Route 15, midway to nearby Freeburg, is an Illinois State Historical Marker relating the story of the "Mississippi Bubble." In 1717, adventurer John Law convinced French investors that gold and silver mines in the area would make them wealthy. The Bubble burst in 1720, bankrupting investors who were convinced to look for minerals in an area where the real wealth lay in the fur trade and agricultural development in the area.

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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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Wilmette Historical Museum Exhibits

  • 12 December 2017
  • Author: Elaine Evans
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The Wilmette Historical Museum is hosting the following exhibits: 

  • The World’s Columbian Exposition
    Ends May 31, 2018

    The 1893 World’s Fair, also called the World’s Columbian Exposition, was a thrilling experience for Chicago and the world. This exhibit showcases some of the museum’s fair memorabilia including original admission tickets, guide books, souvenirs and even a wonderful 1890s dress.

  • Over Here and Over There: Wilmette and Gross Point in WWI
    Ends December 31, 2018

    This engrossing exhibit commemorates the centennial of the U.S. involvement in the First World War from 1917-1918. As young men from the adjoining villages of Wilmette and Gross Point eagerly enlisted and were trained and sent to the trenches in France, their families back home worked hard to show support. The exhibit highlights both battlefront and home front activities.
The museum is free and open Sunday-Thursday, 1:00 p.m.-4:30 p.m. (Closed 12/22/17-1/1/18). 

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Wilmette Historical Museum
609 Ridge Road
Wilmette, IL (Map
Phone: 847-853-7666
Email: museum@wilmette.com
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