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The People's Building

The People's Building

The Illinois State Capitol is known as the people's building. The...

The People's Building

The People's Building

The Illinois State Capitol is known as the people's building. The July-August 2018 issue of Illinois Heritage is a special issue devoted to the building with three unique stories about the capitol. 
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Protect your family history

Make sure your efforts to preserve the past are not endangering it.

Protect your family history

Protect your family history

Make sure your efforts to preserve the past are not endangering it.
The Illinois Supreme Court in the State Capitol

The Illinois Supreme Court in the...

The Illinois Supreme Court chambers as they looked when the court was...

The Illinois Supreme Court in the State Capitol

The Illinois Supreme Court in the State Capitol

The Illinois Supreme Court chambers as they looked when the court was housed inside the Illinois statehouse from 1878-1907.

 

Today in history

8/14/1908

Two days of rioting in Springfield, Illinois, follow false accusations of rape by Mabel Hallam against an African American man named George Richardson. Over two days, a crowd of about 12,000 burned and looted in the African American neighborhoods, also l

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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
A Bicentennial Commemorative of the Prairie State: Readings from the "Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society"
Edited by David W. Scott, with a foreword by Leah Joy Axelrod

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

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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