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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.
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. 
Protect your family history

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.

 

Today in history

8/21/1858

Abraham Lincoln and Stephen A. Douglas appear at Ottawa in the first of seven debates as Lincoln challenged Douglas's re-election to the U.S. Senate.

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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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A Bicentennial Commemorative of the Prairie State

Readings from the "Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society"

A Bicentennial Commemorative of the Prairie State
A Bicentennial Commemorative of the Prairie State: Readings from the "Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society"
Edited by David W. Scott, with a foreword by Leah Joy Axelrod

Culled from the Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society’s 110-year archive of scholarship, this volume of more than thirty articles illuminates the colorful episodes, meaningful events, and significant characters in the rich history of Illinois. Selected by committee and edited by David W. Scott, A Bicentennial Commemorative of the Prairie State celebrates the state’s two-hundred-year history with a broad scope of voices and perspective.

The Norway Building Historical Marker Dedication

The Norway Building Historical Marker Dedication
Join the Illinois State Historical Society and the kingdom of Norway at the unveiling of a new ISHS historical marker to commemorate the "Norway Building," at noon on Saturday, August 25, at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago. The Norway Building, modeled after the Norwegian stave churches of the middle ages, is one of the few buildings from the 1893 Columbian Exhibition in original condition and the only one to return to its country of origin. The historical marker commemorates the location of the Norway Building at the Exhibition, and chronicles its history in the US and Norway. 

Lake Michigan Aircraft Carriers Historical Marker Dedication

The veterans of American Legion post 1247 and the Illinois State Historical Society cordially invite the general public to the dedication ceremony of the Lake Michigan Aircraft Carriers historical marker.
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