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WE’RE ALMOST THERE!

WE’RE ALMOST THERE!

The ISHS’s Illinois bicentennial year project to place a framed,  30"...

WE’RE ALMOST THERE!

WE’RE ALMOST THERE!

The ISHS’s Illinois bicentennial year project to place a framed,  30" x 40" portrait of Abraham Lincoln in all 102 county courthouses is almost finished.
State mineral helped end World War II

State mineral helped end World War...

The Aluminum Ore Company of Rosiclare is shown in the early 1940s.

State mineral helped end World War II

State mineral helped end World War II

The Aluminum Ore Company of Rosiclare is shown in the early 1940s.
The Bates Motel: A case study in the importance of the ordinary

The Bates Motel: A case study in...

Motels offered security and comfort in a domestic style familiar to...

The Bates Motel: A case study in the importance of the ordinary

The Bates Motel: A case study in the importance of the ordinary

Motels offered security and comfort in a domestic style familiar to post-war auto travelers.

 

Today in history

11/15/1915

The first annual conference of the Illinois Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives is held in Decatur. The official name of the organization adopted at that meeting was "Illinois Commercial Secretaries Association."

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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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Do you have an exciting local history news story or an event that you would like to share? Use this form to submit it and after a quick review it will be added to our news roll or events calendar. There is even a special category for Bicentennial events. The goal is to add news and events from all over the state to celebrate Illinois’ rich history. Get involved and get the word out about news and events in your area.

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2018 Illinois History Symposium on Statehood Day in Springfield

ISHS and University of Illinois Springfield Alumni SAGE Society

2018 Illinois History Symposium on Statehood Day in Springfield
The Illinois State Historical Society and the University of Illinois Springfield Alumni SAGE Society will host an all-day symposium on Illinois history, December 3, 2018, at the new UIS Student Union. The day-long event includes the SAGE Society's "Lunch and Learn" program, which will focus on immigration and the African diaspora. 

"Writing the Edgar Lee Masters Biography"

Edgar Lee Masters Home Association and the Illinois State Historical Society

"Writing the Edgar Lee Masters Biography"
Dr. Herbert Russell, author of Edgar Lee Masters, a Biography, will present a program titled " Writing the Edgar Lee Masters Biography" on Friday, November 2, 2018, at 7:30 pm at the Rolling Globe Coffee House in Petersburg. Admission is free.

Alexander Hesler's Abraham Lincoln Portrait Arrives in Jefferson County

Alexander Hesler's Abraham Lincoln Portrait Arrives in Jefferson County
A high-quality reproduction of a famous Abraham Lincoln photograph will be presented to the 5th District Appellate Court on Thursday, November 1. The unveiling ceremony will take place at 12:00 p.m. in the Appellate Court building, North 14th and Main Streets, Mount Vernon. The event is open to the public.
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