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Along the highways and byways of our State

Along the highways and byways of...

Chicory and Queen Anne's Lace mirror the colors of the late summer sky...

Along the highways and byways of our State

Along the highways and byways of our State

Chicory and Queen Anne's Lace mirror the colors of the late summer sky along Prairie State highways.  (photo by William Furry)
Open for Bicentennial visitors

Open for Bicentennial visitors

Located at the corner of West Main and Combs Streets, D. D. Collins...

Open for Bicentennial visitors

Open for Bicentennial visitors

Located at the corner of West Main and Combs Streets, D. D. Collins built this home as a wedding present for his bride, Elizabeth Anderson.  He served as first President of the Village Board for...
A visit to the Lower Illinois River Valley

A visit to the Lower Illinois River...

Barge traffic on the Mississippi River still navigates the Father of...

A visit to the Lower Illinois River Valley

A visit to the Lower Illinois River Valley

Barge traffic on the Mississippi River still navigates the Father of Waters, giving pause to travelers along its Illinois banks.  (photo by Mark Flotow)

 

Today in history

11/19/1945

American Airlines inaugurates weekly airline service from Chicago to London.

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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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Are you an event organizer? Got an event you want on our Bicentennial calendar? Use the form below to submit it and after a quick review it'll be added to our events calendar. The form captures much more than just Bicentennial events though so please add any of your regular events, just select accordingly. The goal is to add events from all over the state to celebrate Illinois' rich history. Get involved and help us fill our calendar and get the word out about events in your area.

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    Please use the form below to submit your article/event for consideration to be added to the Illinois State Historical Society website.  Upon review it, you will be emailed the status of the article and possibly asked for additional information.  If approved we will post your article on our news roll and/or calendar of events.

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Latest News & Upcoming Events

Liberty Bell of the West Celebration (Kaskaskia Island)

  • 7/4/2017 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  • Category: Events
Liberty Bell of the West Celebration (Kaskaskia Island)
The first capital of Illinois will celebrate two big anniversaries on July 4: the signing of the Declaration of Independence and Kaskaskia’s capture from British forces during the American Revolution.
 
The free events take place at the Kaskaskia Bell State Memorial, home of the “Liberty Bell of the West,” which is now 276 years old. Activities include remarks by David Joens, director of the Illinois State Archives and Illinois State Historical Society board member; the tolling of church bells; music; appearances by historic interpreters; and more.

Art on the Farm: A Tale of Two Central Illinois Artists

  • 7/16/2017 4:00 PM
  • Category: Events
Learn how two very different Central Illinois artists used crops and livestock as their inspiration and elevated Midwestern agriculture to an artistic genre. Guest speaker Bill Kemp, Librarian of the McLean County Museum of History and ISHS Director, explores the unique personal lives and unconventional careers of these little known artists whose works were everywhere from mansions to magazines.

The Nineteenth Annual Prairieland Chautauqua presents, “America and the Great War”

Morgan County Historical Society

  • 9/2/2017 6:00 PM - 9/4/2017 11:00 PM
  • Category: Events
This 100th Anniversary Event Commemorating America’s Entry into WWI is Free and Open to the Public.

Holidays at the White House: A Presidential Christmas

Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum

Just like families across the world, First Families celebrate the holidays in their own special ways. This exhibit, using materials from the Eisenhower, Kennedy, Clinton and George W. Bush Presidential Libraries and Museums, gives a glimpse of how some of our Presidents and their loved ones enjoyed the holidays in the White House. From family photos to White House invitations, from Christmas cards to colorful decorations for the tree, these treasured items from presidential collections give us a taste of what it is like to celebrate this joyous season with America’s First Families.

Exhibit is open November 17-January 7.

Fun Frosty Friday

Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum

  • 11/24/2017 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
  • Category: Events
The 3rd Annual Fun Frosty Friday is just around the corner!
The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum invites you to join us the day after Thanksgiving to jump start your Holiday Adventures! This FREE family event will start the holiday season off right for your entire family. Fun Frosty Friday has expanded campus wide this year!
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