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Bloomington marker commemorates era of racial segregation

Bloomington marker commemorates era...

Speakers at the dedication ceremony included Quincy Cummings,...

Bloomington marker commemorates era of racial segregation

Bloomington marker commemorates era of racial segregation

Speakers at the dedication ceremony included Quincy Cummings, president of the Bloomington-Normal NAACP.
Bicentennial Timeline

Bicentennial Timeline

A random, day-to-day look at Illinois history for November and...

Bicentennial Timeline

Bicentennial Timeline

A random, day-to-day look at Illinois history for November and December 2018.
Not all wore helmets

Not all wore helmets

Illinois State University's World War I Service Collection includes...

Not all wore helmets

Not all wore helmets

Illinois State University's World War I Service Collection includes all sorts of gems, including this postcard of Napoleon's tomb, received by ISNU Librarian Angeline Vernon Milner from former student...

 

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1/23/1818

Territorial senator Nathaniel Pope introduces a bill in Congress to establish the northern boundary of Illinois to 42°30' north latitude, taking in part of the Lake Michigan shoreline.

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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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Settled From The Bottom Up: Illinois 1818-1824

Morris Library, SIU Carbondale

Visit Morris Library's Hall of Presidents and Chancellors and view a poster exhibit featuring several early maps from the library's Special Collections Research Center that show how southern Illinois was settled before the rest of the state.

Exhibit is open December 18, 2017 through March 30, 2018.

Wilmette Historical Museum Exhibits

  • 12 December 2017
  • Category: Events
The Wilmette Historical Museum is hosting the following exhibits: 

  • The World’s Columbian Exposition
    Ends May 31, 2018

  • Over Here and Over There: Wilmette and Gross Point in WWI
    Ends December 31, 2018

1917: Catalyst for the Modern Era

DuPage County Historical Museum

  • 12 December 2017
  • Category: Events
The DuPage County Historical Museum’s current exhibit, 1917: Catalyst for the Modern Era, explores the world as it appeared 100 years ago. It describes American participation in WWI and changes in gender roles, clothing, technology, and medicine. The loss from the war and disease in the wake of the war are depicted along with other changes in American life that set the stage for a modern era.

The exhibit will be on view until July 30, 2018.
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