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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

7/19/1952

Governor Adlai E. Stevenson of Illinois is nominated for President at the Chicago Democratic National Convention, with John J. Sparkman of Alabama running for Vice-President.

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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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57th Annual Corn Fest at Charter Oak School

Randolph County Historical Society

57th Annual Corn Fest at Charter Oak School
Good Food, Good Fun and a Good Cause at 57th Annual Corn Fest!

If good food, good music and a good time are on your to-do list don't miss the 57th Annual Corn Fest at the historic eight-sided, one-room Charter Oak School, Saturday, August 4th near Schuline, Illinois. The Randolph County Historical Society will prepare a feast of fried chicken, sliced tomatoes, all you can eat corn on the cob (on-site), Indian Corn Pudding, ice cream, and beverage. Serving begins at 4 p.m. The festivities include period music, school tours, and a country store with fresh home baked goods, home canned goods and fresh garden produce available for purchase. 

Eugene Debs and George Pullman in McHenry County

Woodstock Celebrates, Inc. and Illinois Labor History Society

Woodstock Celebrates and the Illinois Labor History Society are hosting a Eugene V. Debs/George Pullman event in Woodstock for Saturday and Sunday, 3 and 4 November. All events are free to the public, however donations are encouraged for the specific purpose of renovating Old McHenry County Jail. Volunteers at each event will take cash and checks made payable to Woodstock Celebrates, Inc., a 501(c)(3) organization, that WCI will turn over to the City of Woodstock for the Old Jail. 

Alexander Hesler's Abraham Lincoln Portrait Arrives in McDonough County

Alexander Hesler's Abraham Lincoln Portrait Arrives in McDonough County
A high-quality reproduction of a famous Abraham Lincoln photograph will be presented to the McDonough County Courthouse on Friday, July 27. The unveiling ceremony will take place at 2:00 p.m. in the courthouse, One Courthouse Square, Macomb. The event is open to the public.
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