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Along the highways and byways of our State

Along the highways and byways of...

Chicory and Queen Anne's Lace mirror the colors of the late summer sky...

Along the highways and byways of our State

Along the highways and byways of our State

Chicory and Queen Anne's Lace mirror the colors of the late summer sky along Prairie State highways.  (photo by William Furry)
Open for Bicentennial visitors

Open for Bicentennial visitors

Located at the corner of West Main and Combs Streets, D. D. Collins...

Open for Bicentennial visitors

Open for Bicentennial visitors

Located at the corner of West Main and Combs Streets, D. D. Collins built this home as a wedding present for his bride, Elizabeth Anderson.  He served as first President of the Village Board for...
A visit to the Lower Illinois River Valley

A visit to the Lower Illinois River...

Barge traffic on the Mississippi River still navigates the Father of...

A visit to the Lower Illinois River Valley

A visit to the Lower Illinois River Valley

Barge traffic on the Mississippi River still navigates the Father of Waters, giving pause to travelers along its Illinois banks.  (photo by Mark Flotow)

 

Today in history

11/23/1921

A football game between the semi-professional teams of Taylorville and Carlinville is played, in which the players in the second half were substituted for University of Illinois players for Taylorville opposing Notre Dame players for Carlinville. Taylorv

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

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Latest News & Upcoming Events

2016 Annual Tour Recap - From Immigrant to Elite

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2016 Annual Tour Recap - From Immigrant to Elite

2016 Illinois State Historical Society annual tour, "From Immigrant to Elite," a moveable feast of sites and sounds and edible wonders in Chicago. We did it all in one day! Take a look at the photo gallery within to see all the excitement that happened and the places we visited.

Just think, less than a year till the next one!

Mogran County Historical Society Meeting - William Furry Speaking

  • 5/18/2016 9:00 PM
  • Category: Events
Mogran County Historical Society Meeting - William Furry Speaking

Save the date. Bill Furry, Executive Director of the Illinois State Historical Society, will give a program for the Morgan County Historical Society on Wednesday, May 18 at the Jacksonville Public Library (201 W College Ave, Jacksonville, IL 62650) at 7 pm. The program will be on the Donner Party. This wagon train set out from Springfield in the spring of 1846 for California only to meet tragedy in the Sierra Nevada Mountains.

Cost: This program is free and open to the public.

Put Abraham Lincoln back in your courthouse!

Society offers exquisite Prairie Lawyer photograph to Illinois county courthouses

Every Illinois courthouse needs a superior photograph of Abraham Lincoln, not as the 16h President, but as he looked when an  Illinois lawyer. This handsome canvas portrait,  made from the original glass-plate positive images owned by the Illinois State Historical Society, will turn heads and hearts.

Illinois History Symposium to focus on commemoration of WWI and Suffrage in Illinois

"1917, Year of Turmoil: War and Suffrage," April 20-22 at Lincoln Land Community College, Trutter Center

Illinois History Symposium to focus on commemoration of WWI and Suffrage in Illinois

The 2017 Illinois History Symposium, “1917, Year of Turmoil: War and Suffrage,” co-sponsored by the Illinois State Historical Society (ISHS) and Lincoln Land Community College (LLCC), will be held at LLCC April 20-22, 2017, in the Trutter Center. More than 25 papers, panels, and presentations will be made during the 2-day event, which will include such topics as the music, art, and literature of the war years, as well as the influenza epidemic, researching your WWI ancestor, and Illinois women on the homefront.

The 2017 Illinois History Symposium is open to the public and registration is required. Click "Read More" for schedule and registration.

Making history

  • 24 April 2017
  • Category: Events
The 2017 Annual Illinois History Awards were presented on Saturday, April 22 in conjunction with the closing ceremonies of the Illinois State Historical Society’s annual Illinois History Symposium, “1917, Year of Turmoil: War and Suffrage.” The Symposium and annual Awards Luncheon were held in the Trutter Center on the beautiful campus of Lincoln Land Community College in Springfield.
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