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Galesburg's incorporation as a city in Knox County is recorded. It was first incorporated January 27, 1841.

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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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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!

Stealing Lincoln’s Body with Dr. Kevin L. Burke

Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library

  • 8/1/2019 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
  • Category: Events

Join us to hear a little known, and surprisingly humorous American tale of desperation carried out by bumbling criminals. One of the most bizarre events in American history took place in July of 1876, when counterfeiters attempted to steal the body of our sixteenth president, Abraham Lincoln. 

First Annual Madison County Historical Society Trivia Night

Madison County Historical Society

  • 8/10/2019 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
  • Category: Events

The Madison County Historical Society will host a trivia night on Saturday, August 10 beginning at 7 p.m. at the American Legion Hall, 190 South Main Street, Glen Carbon, Illinois.  The public is invited to join them for a night of challenging fun at the Society’s first MCHS Trivia Night. (Don’t worry, to keep things fair, there will not be a Madison County history category!) All categories are general interest questions anyone might know. 


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