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WE’RE ALMOST THERE!

WE’RE ALMOST THERE!

The ISHS’s Illinois bicentennial year project to place a framed,  30"...

WE’RE ALMOST THERE!

WE’RE ALMOST THERE!

The ISHS’s Illinois bicentennial year project to place a framed,  30" x 40" portrait of Abraham Lincoln in all 102 county courthouses is almost finished.
State mineral helped end World War II

State mineral helped end World War...

The Aluminum Ore Company of Rosiclare is shown in the early 1940s.

State mineral helped end World War II

State mineral helped end World War II

The Aluminum Ore Company of Rosiclare is shown in the early 1940s.
The Bates Motel: A case study in the importance of the ordinary

The Bates Motel: A case study in...

Motels offered security and comfort in a domestic style familiar to...

The Bates Motel: A case study in the importance of the ordinary

The Bates Motel: A case study in the importance of the ordinary

Motels offered security and comfort in a domestic style familiar to post-war auto travelers.

 

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10/15/1858

Abraham Lincoln and Stephen A. Douglas appear at Alton for the seventh and final debate as Lincoln challenged Douglas for his Senate seat.

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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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Fort Kaskaskia Shelter Dedication

  • 10/24/2018 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
  • Category: Events
Fort Kaskaskia Shelter Dedication
SHELTER CONSTRUCTION NEARING COMPLETION. . .
A new dedication date has been set for the Shelter at Fort Kaskaskia. Please mark your calendars now for Wednesday, October 24. Plan to be at the Shelter at 5:00 p.m. to take part in this historic occasion. 

Illinois' Northern Boundary Historical Marker Dedication

Join the City of Yorkville, Crystal Lake resident Mary Alice Fellers, and the ISHS at the unveiling and dedication of a new Illinois' Northern Boundary historical marker. This marker commemorates what was originally to be Illinois' northern state boundary line.

Exhibit Opening: "Beer Wars: Wets vs. Drys on the North Shore"

Wilmette Historical Museum

  • 10/28/2018 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
  • Category: Events
On Sunday, October 28th from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m., the Wilmette Historical Museum, 609 Ridge Road in Wilmette, will host the opening of a new exhibit, Beer Wars: Wets vs. Drys on the North Shore.
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