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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.
Illinois Constitution Day - August 26

Illinois Constitution Day - August...

On August 26, 1818, delegates to the constitutional convention meeting...

Illinois Constitution Day - August 26

Illinois Constitution Day - August 26

On August 26, 1818, delegates to the constitutional convention meeting at Kaskaskia, adopted a state constitution and selected Kaskaskia as the first state capital.

 

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8/16/1856

John D. Campbell and James W. Carpenter, law partners in Polo, join Abraham Lincoln and Zenas Aplington in a drive by carriage to Oregon, Ogle County Seat. There Lincoln and "Long John" Wentworth, six-term Congressman and later Mayor of Chicago, were amo

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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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Alexander Hesler's Abraham Lincoln Portrait Arrives in Menard County

Alexander Hesler's Abraham Lincoln Portrait Arrives in Menard County
A high-quality reproduction of a famous Abraham Lincoln photograph will be presented to the Menard County Courthouse on Friday, October 19. The unveiling ceremony will take place at 10:00 a.m. in the courthouse, 102 South 7th Street, Petersburg. The event is open to the public.

Alexander Hesler's Abraham Lincoln Portrait Arrives in Lawrence County

Alexander Hesler's Abraham Lincoln Portrait Arrives in Lawrence County
A high-quality reproduction of a famous Abraham Lincoln photograph will be presented to the Lawrence County Courthouse on Thursday, September 27. The unveiling ceremony will take place at 2:30 p.m. in the courthouse, 1100 State Street, Lawrenceville. The event is open to the public.

Alexander Hesler's Abraham Lincoln Portrait Arrives in Christian County

Alexander Hesler's Abraham Lincoln Portrait Arrives in Christian County
A high-quality reproduction of a famous Abraham Lincoln photograph will be presented to the Christian County Courthouse on Friday, November 30. The unveiling ceremony will take place at 1:00 p.m. in the courthouse, 101 South Main Street, Taylorville. The event is open to the public.
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