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The Origin of the National Memorial Day

The Origin of the National Memorial...

On May 5, 1868, General John A. Logan, as Commander-in-Chief of the...

The Origin of the National Memorial Day

The Origin of the National Memorial Day

On May 5, 1868, General John A. Logan, as Commander-in-Chief of the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR), issued General Order No. 11 designating May 30 “for the purpose of strewing with flowers or...
Foundations of Faith

Foundations of Faith

ISHS hosts sesquicentennial house of worship luncheon

Foundations of Faith

Foundations of Faith

ISHS hosts sesquicentennial house of worship luncheon
Remember the Ladies

Remember the Ladies

More than 50 Illinois towns were named for women--now mostly forgotten

Remember the Ladies

Remember the Ladies

More than 50 Illinois towns were named for women--now mostly forgotten

 

Today in history

5/26/1943

Team rosters are announced for the 1943 season of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League after some 10 days of try-outs organized by Philip K. Wrigley. One of the league’s four teams was Illinois' own Rockford Peaches. Women's baseball continued until 1954 and the Peaches won the league title in 1948, 1949 and 1950.

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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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A Bicentennial Commemorative of the Prairie State: Readings from the Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society

A Bicentennial Commemorative of the Prairie State: Readings from the Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society
A Bicentennial Commemorative of the Prairie State: Readings from the Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society

Edited by David W. Scott
Foreword by Leah Joy Axelrod

Culled from the Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society’s 110-year archive of scholarship, this curated volume of more than thirty articles offers insights into the colorful episodes, meaningful events, and significant characters in the rich history of Illinois. Edited by David W. Scott and selected by committee, A Bicentennial Commemorative of the Prairie State celebrates the state’s two-hundred-year history with a broad scope of voices and perspectives.

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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