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Bicentennial symposium celebrates 200+ years of Illinois History

Bicentennial symposium celebrates...

No celebration is complete without cake and the state's bicentennial...

Bicentennial symposium celebrates 200+ years of Illinois History

Bicentennial symposium celebrates 200+ years of Illinois History

No celebration is complete without cake and the state's bicentennial commemoration had a slice for everyone?
Roots and revery

Roots and revery

How much prairie is left in the Prairie State? In 1818, there were...

Roots and revery

Roots and revery

How much prairie is left in the Prairie State? In 1818, there were about 22 million acres of native tallgrass prairie. In 1978 only 2,500 acres remained.
Built to last

Built to last

Robert Gilmore LeTourneau's all-steel "Carefree Home" undergoes...

Built to last

Built to last

Robert Gilmore LeTourneau's all-steel "Carefree Home" undergoes renovation in Peoria.

 

Today in history

2/17/1836

Abraham Lincoln finishes his survey of the town of Petersburg, which succeeded the town known as New Salem.

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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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Bicentennial Commission Moving Forward with 2018 Celebration

“Born, Built and Grown in Illinois”

This year marks the bicentennial of the state of Illinois.  Illinois became the 21st state on December 3, 1818 when President James Monroe signed the legislation admitting us to the Union. In honor of this occasion, Governor Bruce Rauner in 2016 issued Executive Order 2016-11, which created the state’s Bicentennial Commission. The commission consists of a diverse group of Illinois residents who have a passion and love for this state. David Scott serves as the ISHS representative on the commission. The purpose of the commission is to develop and implement a statewide program to celebrate the bicentennial. The slogan of the commission is Born, Built, and Grown in Illinois. Using almost entirely private money (with the exception of staff support) and working with partners and generous donors, the commission is moving forward with statewide bicentennial celebration plans.

ILLINOIS CLASSICS: A Bicentennial Reading List

Compiled for Illinois public libraries by John E. Hallwas of the Illinois State Historical Society

This twelve-month reading list includes novels, nonfictional works, and poetry – all by Illinois authors and expressive of the Illinois experience. Along with the twelve-month schedule are some alternative book titles, in case a library wants to customize the 2018 reading list by substituting another notable work of fiction, nonfiction, or poetry.
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