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Studying past lives in Grayslake Cemetery

Studying past lives in Grayslake...

Raquel Harris's 5th graders used information from headstones to delve...

Studying past lives in Grayslake Cemetery

Studying past lives in Grayslake Cemetery

Raquel Harris's 5th graders used information from headstones to delve into the history of their community.
From origins in a small Robinson confectionary to mass production

From origins in a small Robinson...

Heath toffee bars satisfied WW II soldiers in the field and are still...

From origins in a small Robinson confectionary to mass production

From origins in a small Robinson confectionary to mass production

Heath toffee bars satisfied WW II soldiers in the field and are still made today, thanks to their demand.
Waiting for Johnny Appleseed Trees at the Strawbridge Shepherd House

Waiting for Johnny Appleseed Trees...

October 4th found several anxious recipients of Johnny Appleseed trees...

Waiting for Johnny Appleseed Trees at the Strawbridge Shepherd House

Waiting for Johnny Appleseed Trees at the Strawbridge Shepherd House

October 4th found several anxious recipients of Johnny Appleseed trees waiting for the delivery to arrive some two hours behind schedule.  Patient tree patrons were rewarded!

 

Today in history

2/20/1862

William Wallace "Willie" Lincoln died in the White House, likely from contracting typhoid fever.

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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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We’re Gonna Party Like it is 1818!

DuPage County Historical Museum

Who were the people who founded our State of Illinois 200 years ago? What did they dream about? What did they eat? How did they dress? And, most importantly how did they celebrate becoming the 21st state in the United States of America?

Enjoy an evening of partying like it’s 1818 with Ellie of Ellie Presents to celebrate Illinois becoming the 21st state! Sample the food, have your silhouette made, dance the dances, and hear the music that may have played as Illinois celebrated its birthday 200 years ago. 

Binding Our State Together: 200 Years of Canals, Railroads, Postal Services and Roads

McHenry County Historical Society & Museum

Norman Moline, a historical geographer from Rock Island, will provide a broad survey of the development of Illinois’ connections since 1818. After noting how our state’s shape was determined, learn about the Illinois and Michigan Canal and the Hennepin Canal, railroad expansion, significant highway connections and the evolution of postal service – including free urban delivery and then rural delivery. Moline earned his doctorate at the University of Chicago, focusing on the impacts of the automobile and good roads from 1900 to 1930. He taught for 45 years at Augustana College in Rock Island. 

Bargain Quilts and the Quilt Buy of the Century

McHenry County Historical Society & Museum

Janette Dwyer, former owner of Quilt Quarters in Geneseo, has spent the past 26 years sewing and collecting quilts. Her collection, which now tops 300, dates from the 1880s to the present day. She will bring about 30 quilts with her for the presentation – including two gems from the Century of Progress at the 1933 Chicago World’s Fair. She will talk about the quilts, as well as the fair's history, and show off other “bargains” she has uncovered. The Gazebo Valor Quilters, a group of about 40 women from the northwest suburbs, also will honor veterans with quilts that day. A drawing for the Heritage Quilters’ raffle quilt, an homage to World War I titled “Forever Poppies” and a show-and-tell also are part of the program. 
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