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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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12/18/1896

Austin High School and Oak Park girls basketball teams meet in the first interscholastic basketball contest in Illinois. Basketball in Illinois was first popular as a girls sport and they did not play with rules modified for girls. This would eventually lead to their undoing, forcing them out of the sport in 1910.

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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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Cubs vs Cardinals

Cubs vs Cardinals

Vote for your favorite team by visiting the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum’s newest exhibit in Springfield, Illinois! Take an interactive look at the historic baseball rivalry between the Chicago Cubs and St. Louis Cardinals. You will learn more about each team’s history and see original relics from the players, managers, broadcasters, and owners who built each franchise.

Historic Churches to be Honored

Historic Churches to be Honored
The Illinois State Historical Society invites 150-year-old Illinois houses of worship to apply for official recognition as "Illinois Sesquicentennial Churches." Congregations that have continuously met since 1866 or earlier are invited to apply for the designation (synagogues too) through the Society's Sesquicentennial Church program. Applications are available on-line at www.historyillinois.org, or from the Society. Call 217-525-2781 for an application. The deadline for applications is June 30, 2016. Houses of worship will be honored at a special luncheon this fall in Peoria.

UPDATE: Application deadline extended, submit your house of worship today.
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Bonnets, Beaus, and Bustles

You're Invited!

Bonnets, Beaus, and Bustles
A Civil War-era Fashion Show and Dinner!
When: March 19, 2016 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Where: Historic Edwards Place, 700 N. 4th Street, Springfield, IL
Cost: $40 for ISHS members, $50 for non-members. Order tickets by phone at 217-525-2781, or 217-523-2631

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