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A Johnny Appleseed Tree for McLean County

A Johnny Appleseed Tree for McLean...

Jeff Woodard and Bill Kemp of the McLean County Museum of History...

A Johnny Appleseed Tree for McLean County

A Johnny Appleseed Tree for McLean County

Jeff Woodard and Bill Kemp of the McLean County Museum of History plant their apple tree in Bloomington.
Frank Zajicek family farm on the west side of the Old Troy Road

Frank Zajicek family farm on the...

Members of the Zajicek family gather around the farmstead in the...

Frank Zajicek family farm on the west side of the Old Troy Road

Frank Zajicek family farm on the west side of the Old Troy Road

Members of the Zajicek family gather around the farmstead in the middle of a busy work day.
Nelson Montgomery farm

Nelson Montgomery farm

Owners Nelson and Eleanor Kindred Montgomery were among pioneer...

Nelson Montgomery farm

Nelson Montgomery farm

Owners Nelson and Eleanor Kindred Montgomery were among pioneer Madison County families and were married there in 1838.  Their home was featured in a lithograph in the 1873 Madison County Atlas and is...

 

Today in history

1/20/1970

Kaskaskia Island, site of the state's first capital, is declared to be part of Illinois by the U.S. Supreme Court.

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Are you looking for a great gift for the person who has everything or who loves history? Consider a gift membership to the Illinois State Historical Society. Stay up to date on the bicentennial happenings around Illinois. Click Message us below and include the comment "Gift Membership" or call the office (217) 525-2781 #mybicentennial #giveagiftthatkeepsongiving #perfectgift #membership

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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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Annual Funding Appeal

Please make a gift today. Illinois history isn't the same without you!

Annual Funding Appeal

Dear friends of the Illinois State Historical Society,

The year 2015 is almost history, but your Society continues its mission “to foster awareness, understanding, research, preservation and recognition of history in Illinois.” With the Illinois bicentennial now only two years away, we look forward to commemorating and celebrating with you two centuries of Prairie State history.

2016 Annual Tour Recap - From Immigrant to Elite

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2016 Annual Tour Recap - From Immigrant to Elite

2016 Illinois State Historical Society annual tour, "From Immigrant to Elite," a moveable feast of sites and sounds and edible wonders in Chicago. We did it all in one day! Take a look at the photo gallery within to see all the excitement that happened and the places we visited.

Just think, less than a year till the next one!

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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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.

Put Abraham Lincoln back in your courthouse!

Society offers exquisite Prairie Lawyer photograph to Illinois county courthouses

Every Illinois courthouse needs a superior photograph of Abraham Lincoln, not as the 16h President, but as he looked when an  Illinois lawyer. This handsome canvas portrait,  made from the original glass-plate positive images owned by the Illinois State Historical Society, will turn heads and hearts.
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