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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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Protect your family history

Make sure your efforts to preserve the past are not endangering it.

Protect your family history

Protect your family history

Make sure your efforts to preserve the past are not endangering it.
The Illinois Supreme Court in the State Capitol

The Illinois Supreme Court in the...

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.

 

Today in history

9/18/1858

Abraham Lincoln and Stephen A. Douglas appear at Charleston for the fourth of seven debates as Lincoln challenged Douglas for his Senate seat.

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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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Do you have an exciting local history news story or an event that you would like to share? Use this form to submit it and after a quick review it will be added to our news roll or events calendar. There is even a special category for Bicentennial events. The goal is to add news and events from all over the state to celebrate Illinois’ rich history. Get involved and get the word out about news and events in your area.

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Alexander Hesler's Abraham Lincoln Portrait Arrives in Lake County

Alexander Hesler's Abraham Lincoln Portrait Arrives in Lake County
A high-quality reproduction of a famous Abraham Lincoln photograph will be presented to the Lake County Courthouse on Tuesday, October 2. The unveiling ceremony will take place at 3:00 p.m. in the Court Tower Lobby, 301 Washington Street, Waukegan. The event is open to the public.

History Matters: Illinois in the Civil War

Libertyville-Mundelein Historical Society

Although the battlefields were many miles away, the men and women of Illinois contributed mightily to the war's timeline and outcome. In celebration of the Illinois Bicentennial, historian Robert Girardi will share the story of the role of Illinois in our nation's greatest crisis.

2018 Trigg Fall Ozark Tour

Illinois Ozarks

Join us for the 2018 Fall Ozark Tour celebrating the Illinois Bicentennial. Highlights of this Fall Tour include visiting Westwood Cemetery where several notable figures are buried. Historians will give informative talks on Gen. Thomas Posey, Rep. John McLean, Henry Eddy, the "Shawneetown Dame" and many others. We will also visit the Great Salt Spring and Hickory Hill Cemetery, the Henry Eddy home, the Gallatin County Courthouse to view the mural and early land records, and take a driving tour of Old Shawneetown landmarks. 
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