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The Origin of the National Memorial Day

The Origin of the National Memorial...

On May 5, 1868, General John A. Logan, as Commander-in-Chief of the...

The Origin of the National Memorial Day

The Origin of the National Memorial Day

On May 5, 1868, General John A. Logan, as Commander-in-Chief of the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR), issued General Order No. 11 designating May 30 “for the purpose of strewing with flowers or...
Foundations of Faith

Foundations of Faith

ISHS hosts sesquicentennial house of worship luncheon

Foundations of Faith

Foundations of Faith

ISHS hosts sesquicentennial house of worship luncheon
Remember the Ladies

Remember the Ladies

More than 50 Illinois towns were named for women--now mostly forgotten

Remember the Ladies

Remember the Ladies

More than 50 Illinois towns were named for women--now mostly forgotten

 

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5/26/1943

Team rosters are announced for the 1943 season of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League after some 10 days of try-outs organized by Philip K. Wrigley. One of the league’s four teams was Illinois' own Rockford Peaches. Women's baseball continued until 1954 and the Peaches won the league title in 1948, 1949 and 1950.

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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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Genealogy 101: How to Do It and Where to Look

Macon County History Museum

  • 4 February 2018
  • Author: Elaine Evans
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Event date: 5/19/2018 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM Export event

Join us on May 19 as we welcome guest speaker Cheri Hunter, president and librarian for the Decatur Genealogical Society, who will present her program "Genealogy 101: Where to Do It and Where to Look." Having started doing her genealogy in 1974, she has been helping people at the Decatur Genealogical Society Library for most of the time since then. Research has certainly changed in that time span and in some ways is much easier and in some ways more difficult.

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Macon County History Museum
5580 North Fork Road
Decatur, IL (Map)
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