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The People's Building

The People's Building

The Illinois State Capitol is known as the people's building. The...

The People's Building

The People's Building

The Illinois State Capitol is known as the people's building. The July-August 2018 issue of Illinois Heritage is a special issue devoted to the building with three unique stories about the capitol. 
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The Illinois Supreme Court chambers as they looked when the court was...

The Illinois Supreme Court in the State Capitol

The Illinois Supreme Court in the State Capitol

The Illinois Supreme Court chambers as they looked when the court was housed inside the Illinois statehouse from 1878-1907.

 

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8/14/1908

Two days of rioting in Springfield, Illinois, follow false accusations of rape by Mabel Hallam against an African American man named George Richardson. Over two days, a crowd of about 12,000 burned and looted in the African American neighborhoods, also l

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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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Where Illinois Began Bicentennial Celebration

Liberty Bell of the West Chapter, Illinois Society, NSDAR

  • 16 December 2017
  • Author: Elaine Evans
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Event date: 8/26/2018 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Export event

Where Illinois Began Bicentennial Celebration
The Liberty Bell of the West Chapter, Illinois Society, NSDAR will erect a monument in Chester, Illinois at a site between the Randolph County Court House and the Randolph County Museum. The monument will honor Randolph County's patriots of the American Revolution while recognizing the county's heritage as the birthplace of Illinois. It will be made of French Creek Granite and include the national insignia of the DAR, text signifying Randolph County as "where Illinois began," part of the original proclamation from King Louis XV of France giving the Liberty Bell of the West to the people of the Illinois Country, and Roscoe Misselhorn's rendition of the bell. The dedication of the monument will coincide with the observance of the Illinois Bicentennial.

Admission: Free

Location:
Randolph County Courthouse and Museum
1 Taylor Street
Chester, Illinois (Map)

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