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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.

 

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10/15/1858

Abraham Lincoln and Stephen A. Douglas appear at Alton for the seventh and final debate as Lincoln challenged Douglas for his Senate seat.

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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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UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS AT SPRINGFIELD WEPNER SYMPOSIUM ON THE LINCOLN LEGACY AN...

UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS AT SPRINGFIELD
WEPNER SYMPOSIUM ON THE LINCOLN LEGACY AND
CONTEMPORARY AFFAIRS,
June 25-27, 2015,
PROVISIONAL PROGRAM
**FREE ADMISSION!!**

THEME:
Emancipation, Counter-Emancipation, and the 21st Century: Is Racial
Inequality Disappearing?
Day One (June 25)
5:00 Reception (PAC Restaurant)
Lynn Pardie, Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Provost,
University of Illinois at Springfield

6:00
Brookens Auditorium
Presiding: J. Mark Wrighton, Dean, College of Public Affairs and Public
Administration
"Emancipation and Counter-Emancipation: Republican Failure and Democratic Victory

"From the Lincoln Presidency to the Doorsteps of our Own Time,"
,Matthew Holden, Jr. (University of Illinois at
Springfield)

“Gilded Age Doughfaces: Northern Democrats, the Counter-Emancipation, and the Abandonment of Black Americans,”
David Bateman (Cornell University)

Day 2: (June 26) UIS Public Affairs Center (Room D)
Morning Session (8:30-12)

Presiding: Shamira Gelbman, Wabash College

Neal Allen, Wichita State University,
The Limits of Emancipation: Black Americans and White Southern
Dominance of American Politics from the Founding to the Twenty-First Century

“Black Stereotypes From Slavery to Jim Crow to the 21st Century,”
Lorena Sue Johnson (Center for State
Policy and Leadership, University of Illinois at Springfield)

Eileen Mackevich, “The Lost Opportunity: The Approach of James A.
Garfield

“Barack Obama and the Big Chill: Hollow-Prize Executives and Their Counter-Emancipatory Successors,”
James W. Ingram III (San Diego State University)
and Shoon Lio (University of Illinois at Springfield)

Lunch (Individual choice) 12-1:15 p.m.)
After-lunch Session (1:30-4:30)
Public Affairs Center

Presiding:
Alvin Tillery, Northwestern University
Megan Ming Francis, University of Washington, (Via remote video)
“The Revival of the Civil Rights Challenge by Litigation”
Khalilah Brown-Dean (Quinnipiac University):

Selma as a measure of the revived civil rights challenge/
report on African American Political Participation in the 21st
Century (adapted from work via the Joint
Center for Political and Economic Studies)”
Kay McChesney, University of Illinois at Springfield, “How Implicit Bias and
Color-Blind Racism Maintain Racial Inequality in the 21st
Century”

Final Day:
(June 27)
Old State Capital
Revisiting “The House Divided,”
Lynn Pardie, University of Illinois at Springfield
9:00-10:30 Degrees of Inequality, Degrees of Freedom:
What are the Measures of Inequality Now?

Roundtable discussion of ordinary experience and
data-driven evaluation

Commentator/Discussant: Valeria Sinclair-Chapman, Purdue University
11:00
“Is the house divided racially in the thinking and feeling of educated people? ‘Lincoln and the African Americans/The African Americans and Lincoln’”
Matthew Holden, Jr.
Based upon Merrill D. Peterson, John Hope Franklin, Benjamin Quarles, and Lerone Bennett
12:00 Adjourn

Clara Irwin’s Strawberry Party Fun for everyone! Bring the whole family! SATURD...

Clara Irwin’s Strawberry Party
Fun for everyone! Bring the whole family!

SATURDAY JULY 4, 2015
5:00 TO 8:00, ELIJAH ILES HOUSE
PLEASE COME AND MEET YOUR FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS AT THE BEAUTIFUL 1837 HOME OF A SPRINGFIELD FOUNDING FAMILY, ELIJAH AND MALINDA ILES.

SEVENTH AND COOK STREETS, SPRINGFIELD, ILLINOIS

Games for Kids Live Music Tours of the Historic House
BURGERS, HOTDOGS, BRATS AND SIDES, HOMEMADE STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE AND SUNDAES

DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE PARTICIPATORY READING
STRAWBERRY DAIQUIRIS
LINCOLN FUNERAL PHOTOGRAPHS / CAMP BUTLER EXHIBITS

Are you the next winner of the Illinois State Historical Society's Verna Ross Or...

Are you the next winner of the Illinois State Historical
Society's Verna Ross Orndorff Scholarship? The ISHS is
offering this prestigious award of $1,000 for the best 1,500-word
essay written by an Illinois high school student on the subject of
Abraham Lincoln or the CivilWar era in Illinois. Essays must be submitted by December 31, 2015, and meet the following criteria:
(1) The focus of the essay should be about Abraham Lincoln or a
significant event in the Civil War period in Illinois;
(2) Essay should be 1,500 words with a title page, outline, an annotated bibliography, and suggestions for further reading; (3) The name of the student; address and e-mail; phone number; name of school; and name of student's teacher, must be
provided with submission of the application for the scholarship.
The student whose essay is chosen will receive a
$1,000 scholarship, a Certificate of Achievement, and will be recognized at the Society's Annual Awards Banquet in April 2016.

Additionally, the winner's paper will be published in a forthcoming
issue of Illinois Heritage magazine. For more information, call (217) 525-2781. To apply online, visit the ISHS website at www.historyillinois.org. Entries should be mailed to:

ISHS
Orndorff Scholarship
5255 Shepherd Road,
Springfield, IL 62703

This scholarship is named for a lifelong student of Illinois history, Vera Ross Orndorff, a native of River Forest, Illinois.


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