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New Salem at 100

New Salem at 100

State historic site celebrates anniversary and plans for the future

New Salem at 100

New Salem at 100

State historic site celebrates anniversary and plans for the future
Petersburg's hidden treasures

Petersburg's hidden treasures

Menard County murals by national artists celebrate Lincoln and local...

Petersburg's hidden treasures

Petersburg's hidden treasures

Menard County murals by national artists celebrate Lincoln and local lore

 

Today in history

5/20/1812

Illinois becomes a territory of the second grade, with suffrage for all white males over 21 who are taxpayers and have lived in the territory for 1 year.

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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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French Colonial Garden Driving Tour

  • 6/9/2019 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Category: Events
French Colonial Garden Driving Tour

Enjoy a Sunday drive through the "French Colonial Corridor" along the middle Mississippi River Valley. Whether you begin your journey near Prairie du Rocher or Ste. Genevieve, these heritage gardens are sure to provide inspiration and enjoyment. 

Book Signing: Lincoln in the Illinois Legislature

Books on the Square

  • 5/15/2019 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
  • Category: Events
Book Signing: Lincoln in the Illinois Legislature

Ron J. Keller will discuss his new book, Lincoln in the Illinois Legislature. He will be introduced by State Rep. Tim Butler whose district includes much of the same area Lincoln represented.

Book Signing: Springfield’s Celebrated Horseshoe Sandwich

Books on the Square

  • 5/15/2019 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
  • Category: Events
Book Signing: Springfield’s Celebrated Horseshoe Sandwich

Carolyn Harmon and Tony Leone have written the history of Springfield’s Celebrated Horseshoe Sandwich, compiling facts about the people who were originally involved in the creation of this Springfield dish and extensive information about the many restaurants and caterers who offer variations of the horseshoe. 

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