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10/16/1854

At a speech delivered in Peoria, Abraham Lincoln explains his objections to the Kansas-Nebraska Act and resurrected his political career. Lincoln criticized popular sovereignty and questioned how it could supersede the Northwest Ordinance and the Missouri Compromise. He attacked the morality of slavery itself, saying "that there can be no moral right in connection with one man's making a slave of another."

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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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2019 ISHS Illinois Ozark Fall Tour

Pack your bags and backpacks!

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!

2019 Illinois Centennial Awards winners honored at ISHS luncheon in Jacksonville

2019 Illinois Centennial Awards winners honored at ISHS luncheon in Jacksonville

On Saturday, September 14, the Illinois State Historical Society hosted its 35th annual Centennial Business Awards luncheon, this time at Jacksonville's Hamilton's Catering and banquet hall facility. The venue was most appropriate: "Doc" Hamilton started his business in 1913. This year more than 35 applicants sought Centennial status with the Society, and each received a Centennial certificate and a seat at the table.

2nd Annual Illinois Statehood Day Symposium

Co-sponsored by UIS Alumni SAGE Society and the Illinois State Historical Society

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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