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Chester Bridge: Remembering the Storm 75 Years Later
Do you have a memory to share about the 1944 storm that destroyed the two center spans of the Chester Bridge? Join us at the Chester Public Library on Monday, July 22 at 6:30 p.m. Eyewitness accounts and images from the library's collection will be included in this free program.
The Presidents: Noted Historians Rank America's Best and Worst Chief Executives
C-SPAN has worked with some of the nation’s top historians to study America’s presidents and figure out who did the best job. Their work led to a new book, The Presidents: Noted Historians Rank America’s Best – and Worst – Chief Executives. Join us when C-SPAN CEO Rob Kennedy discusses this fascinating new book and chats with Illinois State Historian Samuel Wheeler about the rankings, particularly Abraham Lincoln’s position on the list.
Stealing Lincoln’s Body with Dr. Kevin L. Burke
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
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.
2019 Federation of Genealogical Societies Family History Conference
The Federation of Genealogical Societies will host its annual FGS Family History Conference August 21-24, 2019, at the historic Omni Shoreham Hotel and Conference Center in Washington, DC.
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