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The Origin of the National Memorial Day

The Origin of the National Memorial...

On May 5, 1868, General John A. Logan, as Commander-in-Chief of the...

The Origin of the National Memorial Day

The Origin of the National Memorial Day

On May 5, 1868, General John A. Logan, as Commander-in-Chief of the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR), issued General Order No. 11 designating May 30 “for the purpose of strewing with flowers or...
Foundations of Faith

Foundations of Faith

ISHS hosts sesquicentennial house of worship luncheon

Foundations of Faith

Foundations of Faith

ISHS hosts sesquicentennial house of worship luncheon
Remember the Ladies

Remember the Ladies

More than 50 Illinois towns were named for women--now mostly forgotten

Remember the Ladies

Remember the Ladies

More than 50 Illinois towns were named for women--now mostly forgotten

 

Today in history

6/18/1844

Joseph Smith, founder of the Mormon church, delivers his last public sermon. He and his brother Hyrum were murdered nine days later in the Carthage jail.

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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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Do you have an exciting local history news story or an event that you would like to share? Use this form to submit it and after a quick review it will be added to our news roll or events calendar. There is even a special category for Bicentennial events. The goal is to add news and events from all over the state to celebrate Illinois’ rich history. Get involved and get the word out about news and events in your area.

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2018 Family History Conference and Book Fair

The Genealogy Society of Southern Illinois and John A. Logan College

  • 8/11/2018 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Category: Events
Judy G. Russell, The Legal Genealogist, will be the featured speaker at the 2018 Family History Conference. She is a lecturer, educator, and writer who helps folks understand the legal concepts and terminology that are so very important to anyone studying family history.

Anybody's Story: 200 Years of Illinoisans and Their Stuff

Illinois State Museum; Springfield Art Association

When a lost tourist stumbles into the back room of an Illinois history museum, she discovers that there's a story behind even the smallest of artifacts. Anybody's Story: 200 Years of Illinoisans and Their Stuff is a series of vignettes inspired by the objects in the Bicentennial & Beyond exhibit at the Illinois State Museum - watching the play will literally be like watching these objects' stories come to life. ​ 

Bicentennial and Beyond: The Illinois Legacy Collection

Illinois State Museum

The Illinois State Museum Society invites the public to the Grand Opening Reception of the Bicentennial & Beyond! The Illinois Legacy Collection exhibition. 
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