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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

2/21/1861

An act is passed by the Illinois General Assembly allowing married women to own and sell their own property.

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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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Are you an event organizer? Got an event you want on our Bicentennial calendar? Use the form below to submit it and after a quick review it'll be added to our events calendar. The form captures much more than just Bicentennial events though so please add any of your regular events, just select accordingly. The goal is to add events from all over the state to celebrate Illinois' rich history. Get involved and help us fill our calendar and get the word out about events in your area.

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    Please use the form below to submit your news item/event for consideration to be added to the Illinois State Historical Society website.  Upon review it, you will be emailed the status of the submission and possibly asked for additional information.  If approved we will post your submission on our news roll and/or calendar of events.

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Please make a gift today. Illinois history isn't the same without you!

Dear friends of the Illinois State Historical Society,

The year 2015 is almost history, but your Society continues its mission “to foster awareness, understanding, research, preservation and recognition of history in Illinois.” With the Illinois bicentennial now only two years away, we look forward to commemorating and celebrating with you two centuries of Prairie State history.

But first, let me tell you about the exciting activities and events your Society has been involved in over the last twelve months. In April the Society hosted its annual awards luncheon and annual meeting at the Old State Capitol in Springfield. In addition to three lifetime achievement awards, the ISHS presented more than 30 awards to champions of Illinois history. ISHS historical markers were unveiled and dedicated in DeKalb (3), Springfield (2), Earlville (2), and new ones are planned for Murphysboro, Watseka, Secor, Chicago, and Rock Island.

In May the Society partnered with the Lincoln Funeral Coalition to present a luncheon program in Springfield as part the 150th commemoration of the Lincoln funeral. Later that month the Society and its Hostick Scholarship partner, the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency, distributed $26,000 in scholarship funds to nine scholars finishing their dissertations on various aspects of Illinois history. In September we partnered with several historical organizations to co-sponsor the annual Abraham Lincoln Colloquium at the new Lincoln Heritage Museum. In October we co-sponsored the annual Lincoln Legacy Lectures at the University of Illinois Springfield, which focused on Lincoln and the history of voting rights. Throughout the year the Society has also co-sponsored six “Lunch and Learn” programs for the University of Illinois Springfield's SAGE Alumni organization. The November program featured a panel discussion of the 50th anniversary of the beginning of the Vietnam war.

In addition to these remarkable programs, the ISHS continues to publish its scholarly, The Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society, and Illinois Heritage, both outstanding publications that appeal to scholars and history enthusiasts around the globe. (Yes, we have subscribers on several continents!)

Your support as a member of the Society is vital to our mission and to our daily operations. And your tax-deductible gifts ensure that we continue to reach new generations of Prairie State historians—students, professionals, and amateurs.

Please make a gift today by using our online donation page (Donations). Illinois history isn't the same without you!

With warm wishes for the holidays,

William Furry
Executive Director

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