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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!
The Village of East Alton History Museum, Phillip D. Walkington, and the Illinois State Historical Society will unveil an ISHS historical marker commemorating the "Wann Railroad Disaster" on Saturday, June 15, at 10 a.m. in front of the Fred H. Bright Vital Services Building in East Alton.
The Illinois State Historical Society is now accepting applications for the 2019 ISHS Centennial Business Awards.
Was your Illinois-based business founded in 1919 or earlier? Has it been accepted into the ISHS Centennial Business database and been recognized by the Society at the annual Centennial Awards luncheon? If not, go to the Society's web page at www.historyillinois.org and download an application. If you're having trouble finding the appropriate documentation for determining your business's eligibility, we can help.
This year's applications are due in July. Don't wait to apply. The Society is honoring this year's inductees on September 14!
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The Stories of the Silver Streak and the Bradford Model T Girls
The Silver Streak Model T Ford is on display in the Ford building at the Wheels O' Time Museum during the month of June. On June 20, come and listen to John Butte who's mom Regina Fennell (Butte) and his aunt travelled with other women in this car across the USA. These remarkable women known as "The Bradford Model T Girls" were way ahead of their time!
New Philadelphia and the Story of Free Frank
In partnership with the Hayner Genealogy and Local History Library of Alton, the Madison County Historical Society will host Gerald A. McWorter and Kate Williams-McWorter, authors of a new book on the town of New Philadelphia, Illinois. New Philadelphia, located in Pike County about 20 miles east of Hannibal, Missouri, was the first known town in the United States to be founded and platted by an African-American.
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.
Hyde Park-Kenwood Stories, Then and Now
Join the Hyde Park Historical Society for an oral history program featuring local Hyde Park-Kenwood residents.
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