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A Johnny Appleseed Tree for McLean County

A Johnny Appleseed Tree for McLean...

Jeff Woodard and Bill Kemp of the McLean County Museum of History...

A Johnny Appleseed Tree for McLean County

A Johnny Appleseed Tree for McLean County

Jeff Woodard and Bill Kemp of the McLean County Museum of History plant their apple tree in Bloomington.
Frank Zajicek family farm on the west side of the Old Troy Road

Frank Zajicek family farm on the...

Members of the Zajicek family gather around the farmstead in the...

Frank Zajicek family farm on the west side of the Old Troy Road

Frank Zajicek family farm on the west side of the Old Troy Road

Members of the Zajicek family gather around the farmstead in the middle of a busy work day.
Nelson Montgomery farm

Nelson Montgomery farm

Owners Nelson and Eleanor Kindred Montgomery were among pioneer...

Nelson Montgomery farm

Nelson Montgomery farm

Owners Nelson and Eleanor Kindred Montgomery were among pioneer Madison County families and were married there in 1838.  Their home was featured in a lithograph in the 1873 Madison County Atlas and is...

 

Today in history

1/19/1829

Macon County is established, named for Nathaniel Macon of North Carolina, Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives at the time.

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Latest News & Upcoming Events

Liberty Bell of the West Celebration (Kaskaskia Island)

  • 7/4/2017 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  • Category: Events
Liberty Bell of the West Celebration (Kaskaskia Island)
The first capital of Illinois will celebrate two big anniversaries on July 4: the signing of the Declaration of Independence and Kaskaskia’s capture from British forces during the American Revolution.
 
The free events take place at the Kaskaskia Bell State Memorial, home of the “Liberty Bell of the West,” which is now 276 years old. Activities include remarks by David Joens, director of the Illinois State Archives and Illinois State Historical Society board member; the tolling of church bells; music; appearances by historic interpreters; and more.

Art on the Farm: A Tale of Two Central Illinois Artists

  • 7/16/2017 4:00 PM
  • Category: Events
Learn how two very different Central Illinois artists used crops and livestock as their inspiration and elevated Midwestern agriculture to an artistic genre. Guest speaker Bill Kemp, Librarian of the McLean County Museum of History and ISHS Director, explores the unique personal lives and unconventional careers of these little known artists whose works were everywhere from mansions to magazines.

The Nineteenth Annual Prairieland Chautauqua presents, “America and the Great War”

Morgan County Historical Society

  • 9/2/2017 6:00 PM - 9/4/2017 11:00 PM
  • Category: Events
This 100th Anniversary Event Commemorating America’s Entry into WWI is Free and Open to the Public.

Celebrating 200 Years: The Illinois Bicentennial

Macon County Conservation District

Celebrating 200 Years: The Illinois Bicentennial
A new exhibit, "Celebrating 200 Years: The Illinois Bicentennial" is now open in the exhibit hall at Rock Springs Nature Center.

Exhibit is open November 1, 2017-January 31, 2018.

Location:
North Exhibit Hall
Rock Springs Nature Center
3939 Nearing Lane 
Decatur, IL 62521 (Map
Email: kunruh@maconcountyconservation.org
Phone: 217-423-7708

1917: Catalyst for the Modern Era

DuPage County Historical Museum

  • 12 December 2017
  • Category: Events
The DuPage County Historical Museum’s current exhibit, 1917: Catalyst for the Modern Era, explores the world as it appeared 100 years ago. It describes American participation in WWI and changes in gender roles, clothing, technology, and medicine. The loss from the war and disease in the wake of the war are depicted along with other changes in American life that set the stage for a modern era.

The exhibit will be on view until July 30, 2018.
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