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At a speech delivered in Peoria, Abraham Lincoln explains his objections to the Kansas-Nebraska Act and resurrected his political career. Lincoln criticized popular sovereignty and questioned how it could supersede the Northwest Ordinance and the Missouri Compromise. He attacked the morality of slavery itself, saying "that there can be no moral right in connection with one man's making a slave of another."

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2019 ISHS Illinois Ozark Fall Tour

Pack your bags and backpacks!

Southern Illinois is nature’s wonderland and in the fall it is magical! Join us as we explore the southeasternmost corner of the state for our fall tour, October 1-3, led by a team of historians and archaeologists. You won’t want to miss this adventure in “Egypt,” where we’ll explore the Shawnee National Forest, historic and prehistoric landmarks, the Garden of Gods, and sites associated with early industry, the Civil War, and the Underground Railroad. We’ll also be lodging at the San Damiano Retreat Center, a beautiful hideaway on the cliffs above the Ohio River. This ISHS Fall Tour is the one you’ve been waiting for!

19th Century Harvest Celebration

Pierre Menard Home State Historic Site

  • 10/26/2019 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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19th Century Harvest Celebration

Join us as we Celebrate the Harvest–19th Century Style on October 26th, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Pierre Menard Home State Historic Site.

28th Annual Leclaire Parkfest

Friends of Leclaire

  • 10/20/2019 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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28th Annual Leclaire Parkfest

The 28th Annual Leclaire Parkfest will take place Sunday, October 20 from Noon to 5 pm at Leclaire Park on Hale Avenue in Edwardsville, IL.  


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