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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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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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!
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.
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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The Grafton Rendezvous
Come to Grafton and get a taste of what frontier life was like before 1840. See blacksmiths, trappers, Native Americans, traders and settlers demonstrate life on the western frontier. See period crafts, throw tomahawks, and take in the breathtaking site of tepees along the river.
Annual Fort Massac Encampment
See what life was like back in the 1700s and early 1800s at Fort Massac State Park’s Annual Fort Massac Encampment, which will be held at the historic site Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 19 and 20, 2019.
A SPOOKTACULAR Evening With Abe
The SPOOKTACULAR Evening is suitable for all ages and includes historical characters "haunting" the exhibit journeys, special eerie lighting and music, live DJ music, snacks/drinks, crafts and games! (Children must be accompanied by adults, no adult costume with hood/mask is allowed.)
28th Annual Leclaire Parkfest
"Connecting the Dots: Research, DNA, & Ethnicity"
Make plans to attend the 2019 Illinois State Genealogical Society Fall Conference. With 20+ sessions presented by nine expert and well-known genealogists, we are confident there is something for everyone at this year's conference.
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