Abraham Lincoln and Stephen A. Douglas appear at Charleston for the fourth of seven debates as Lincoln challenged Douglas for his Senate seat.
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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!
Help us celebrate the Illinois businesses, not-for-profit organizations, and municipalities that have achieved their centennial (or more) milestones this year at the 35th Annual Centennial Business Awards Luncheon.
In addition to the Lunch and Learn program occurring this day, join us for one or all of the Symposium sessions. Morning and afternoon presentations are free to attend with complimentary snack refreshments. A registration fee of $25/person allows you to enjoy a delicious hot lunch prepared by Chef Howard.
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Coulterville Fall Fest
Join us at this community event to bring family and friends together! Proceeds will be used for park renovations
Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day
Do you love to visit the museum? You can visit the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum free of charge. Thanks to Smithsonian Magazine, travelers can visit participating facilities on September 21 free of charge. Tickets are now available for download through the publication’s official website and will permit the ticket holder and one guest free access to any participating museum.
Elizabeth Keckley: Seamstress
In this Road Scholar Program, Marlene Rivero brings the incredible story of Elizabeth Keckley to life. Mrs. Keckley had been enslaved, purchased her own freedom, and became the dressmaker and confidant to Mary Todd Lincoln.
Living History Days - A Chautauqua With Mark Twain and Friends
On Saturday, Sept. 21, area residents will have the opportunity to step back in time to 1898 and experience a Chautauqua at Living History Days from 3-7 p.m. at Edwardsville City Park in Edwardsville, Illinois.
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