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The Al Cine Place

The Al Cine Place

During the typhoid fever epidemic of 1915, the folks seen here rallied...

The Al Cine Place

The Al Cine Place

During the typhoid fever epidemic of 1915, the folks seen here rallied to the Cline family's aid by helping to harvest their corn corp.
Changing the way farming was done

Changing the way farming was done

Though steam power changed the way farming was done, it takes many...

Changing the way farming was done

Changing the way farming was done

Though steam power changed the way farming was done, it takes many hands working together to bring in the harvest.
Jacksonville Steam Show

Jacksonville Steam Show

Steam power revolutionized farming in the 19th century, plowing the...

Jacksonville Steam Show

Jacksonville Steam Show

Steam power revolutionized farming in the 19th century, plowing the way to Illinois's agriculture future.

 

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Illinois Heritage is our publication designed to encourage various professional, amateur historians and the general public to explore and write about Prairie State history for a broad audience.

The Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society is the scholarly publication with peer-reviewed Journal articles, essays, and documents about history, literature, art technology, law, and other subjects related to Illinois and the Midwest.

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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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As the holiday giving season is upon us, please remember to give a gift to the Illinois State Historical Society. November 29th is national Giving Tuesday. #GivingTuesday. Through your thoughtful support, and from those who share your commitment to preserving Illinois history, we can look forward to another year of outreach and progress toward fulfilling our mission to “foster awareness, understanding, research, preservation, and recognition of history in Illinois. Make a contribution today.

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Are you registered? Call 217-206-7395 to book your seat today!

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Join the Illinois State Historical Society and the UIS Alumni SAGE Society for another series of outstanding "Lunch and Learn" programs beginning February 26. For reservations for the entire series of for individual programs call 217-206-7395. All programs are held on the UIS campus, Conference Room CD in the Public Affairs Center. Individual programs are $20 each. Series tickets are $50 each. Join us for "Lunch and Learn."

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The Illinois Symphony Orchestra is excited to announce the arrival of its newest family member! Music Director Alastair Willis and his wife Stevie are the proud parents of a beautiful & healthy baby girl, Hazel Grace Chartres Willis. Hazel arrived at 9.5 Lbs & 22" long on Tuesday, February, 10, 2015. Everyone is doing well.

Spring "Lunch and Learn" series begins February 26 The Office of the UIS Chance...

Spring "Lunch and Learn" series begins February 26

The Office of the UIS Chancellor, the UIS Alumni SAGE Society, and the ISHS are sponsoring the spring "Lunch and Learn" lecture series at UIS beginning February 26. All programs are held in the UIS Public Affairs Center, conference rooms C-D, and include a delicious hot buffet lunch. Individual seats are $20, but the complete series is $50. Programs begin at 11:30 and end promptly at 1:30. Call 217-206-7395 to make your reservations today!

Lunch and Learn Series 2015
February 26
A Celebration of New Orleans
New Orleans is decadently rich in culture, tradition, history, and heritage, all woven into the American fabric. Historian Dale Philips, former unit manager of Chalmette (Battle of New Orleans site), will discuss the Battle of New Orleans and the 2015 Bicentennial of America’s “Second War of Independence.” UIS executive chef Howard Seidel, a former resident of New Orleans, will share the differences between Cajun and Creole culture, anecdotes of the area, and life in “The Big Easy.” A New Orleans-themed lunch menu will highlight the program!

March 12
Holocaust and Civil Liberties
The confluence of human rights and civil liberties is a living and sometimes confusing mix of moral principles, societal norms, and legal principles. UIS professor emerita of Legal Studies, Kathryn Eisenhart, J.D., will discuss the principles of civil liberties and human rights. Rabbi Barry Marks, Temple Israel, will talk about Holocaust remembrance and commemoration in light of the resergence of anti-semitism in Europe and America.

April 23
Abraham Lincoln and John W.E. Thomas
As part of the 150th anniversary commemoration of the end of the American Civil War and the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, Dr. Wayne Temple, author and internationally recognized authority on the 16th President, will discuss “The fight for Lincoln’s burial site” and the selection of Springfield as Lincoln’s final resting place. Dr. Dave Joens, author and director of the Illinois State Archives, will explore the journey and legacy of John W. E. Thomas, a former slave who became the first African American to be elected to the Illinois General Assembly.
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