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New Salem at 100

New Salem at 100

State historic site celebrates anniversary and plans for the future

New Salem at 100

New Salem at 100

State historic site celebrates anniversary and plans for the future
Petersburg's hidden treasures

Petersburg's hidden treasures

Menard County murals by national artists celebrate Lincoln and local...

Petersburg's hidden treasures

Petersburg's hidden treasures

Menard County murals by national artists celebrate Lincoln and local lore

 

Today in history

4/25/1925

Chicago's first Woman's World's Fair closes its successful eight-day pageant, which had been opened on April 18th by President Calvin Coolidge over the radio.

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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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Best of Illinois History Awards Banquet and ISHS Annual Meeting

Best of Illinois History Awards Banquet and ISHS Annual Meeting

Join us for a celebration of Illinois history and the people that help tell the story of the Prairie State. Dinner and awards banquet in Menard County, Illinois, home of the New Salem State Historic Site. 

John Jacob Hays Historical Marker Dedication

St. Clair County Historical Society

John Jacob Hays Historical Marker Dedication

On Friday, May 17, 2019, the St. Clair County Historical Society (STCCHS) will dedicate a new state historical marker in honor of Illinois pioneer John Hays. The dedication will take place at 10:00 A.M. at the Cahokia Courthouse State Historic Site (operated by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources) at 107 Elm Street in Cahokia, Illinois with a reception to follow.

The Evolving Story of Fire Safety

Effingham County Courthouse Museum

  • 4/25/2019 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
  • Category: Events

Come join us at the Effingham County Courthouse Museum as Dave Storm talks about  the 1949 St. Anthony Hospital Fire of April 4, 1949, that killed 77 people. He will explain how the fire started and how public building fire safety improved afterwards. 

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