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Bloomington marker commemorates era of racial segregation

Bloomington marker commemorates era...

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.
Bicentennial Timeline

Bicentennial Timeline

A random, day-to-day look at Illinois history for November and...

Bicentennial Timeline

Bicentennial Timeline

A random, day-to-day look at Illinois history for November and December 2018.
Not all wore helmets

Not all wore helmets

Illinois State University's World War I Service Collection includes...

Not all wore helmets

Not all wore helmets

Illinois State University's World War I Service Collection includes all sorts of gems, including this postcard of Napoleon's tomb, received by ISNU Librarian Angeline Vernon Milner from former student...

 

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12/16/1811

The great Missouri earthquake with an epicenter near New Madrid, Missouri, occurs at about 2:00 a.m. Among those recording their observations of this powerful earthquake felt as far away as Cincinnati, Ohio, and Charleston, South Carolina, is future Governor John Reynolds who notes in his autobiography that the church bell in Cahokia sounded and many chimneys in the American Bottom tumbled down.

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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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Illinois Bicentennial Birthday Bash

The Grove National Historic Landmark

Illinois Bicentennial is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to celebrate and commemorate our state's 200th birthday. This party kicks off our year-long learning and celebrating of everything Illinois. Join us for music, dancing, games, crafts, and dessert. Kids will have a blast, build Illinois State knowledge and leave with a goodie bag.

Alexander Hesler's Abraham Lincoln Portrait Arrives in Shelby County

Alexander Hesler's Abraham Lincoln Portrait Arrives in Shelby County
A high-quality reproduction of a famous Abraham Lincoln photograph will be presented to the Shelby County Courthouse on Monday, December 3. The unveiling ceremony will take place at 3:00 p.m. in the courthouse, 301 East Main Street, Shelbyville. The event is open to the public

2018 Illinois History Symposium on Statehood Day in Springfield

ISHS and University of Illinois Springfield Alumni SAGE Society

2018 Illinois History Symposium on Statehood Day in Springfield
The Illinois State Historical Society and the University of Illinois Springfield Alumni SAGE Society will host an all-day symposium on Illinois history, December 3, 2018, at the new UIS Student Union. The day-long event includes the SAGE Society's "Lunch and Learn" program, which will focus on immigration and the African diaspora. 
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