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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...

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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

11/24/1942

Three German-Americans and their wives are sentenced in Chicago federal court in the first treason trial ever held in Illinois. The men are sentenced to death and the women to fine and imprisonment.

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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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Mostly Mozart Join the Illinois Symphony Chamber Orchestra for the World Premie...

Mostly Mozart

Join the Illinois Symphony Chamber Orchestra for the World Premiere of Musica nostalgica

Hear the mastery of Mozart in his imposing Overture to Don Giovanni and his spirited and vivacious Symphony No. 35, “Haffner”. A world-premiere of Musica nostalgica written for this concert by acclaimed Uzbekistani composer Dimitri Yanov-Yanovsky, a collaborator with Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble, is the centerpiece of this magnificent concert. This new work is a homage to the memory of composer Albert Malakhov, one of the most remarkable Uzbekistani musicians. Be the first to hear this new work!

Mostly Mozart
Friday, March 20, 2015 | 6 PM & 8 PM | First Presbyterian Church, Springfield, IL

Saturday, March 21, 2015 | 7:30 PM | Second Presbyterian Church, Bloomington, IL

Buy Your Ticket Today for this Evening of Mostly Mozart!

Tickets for the Illinois Symphony Chamber Orchestra concert may be purchased in Springfield through the Sangamon Auditorium Ticket Office at 217-206-6160 and in Bloomington through the Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts Ticket Office at 309-434-2777. Single ticket prices range from $5 for students (6 years +) to $20 for general admission. Tickets for youth (5 and under) are free with a paying adult. Senior discounts are also available.

Composer Dmitri Yanov-Yanovsky was born in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. In 1986 he graduated from the Tashkent State Conservatoire, where he took composition and instrumentation classes with his father, Professor Felix Yanov-Yanovsky. After graduating, Yanov-Yanovsky travelled to European Russia, where he benefited from the advice and support of, among others, Alfred Schnittke, Sofia Gubaidulina and Edison Denisov. He was a participant of Master Class in Lerchenborg with P. Ruders and E. Denisov (1992) and he took part in Summer Academia at IRCAM in Paris (1993).

Yanov-Yanovsky has won a number of awards for his musical compositions; among them, second prize at the 4th International Competition of Sacred Music (Fribourg, Switzerland, 1991) for his piece Lacrymosa for soprano and string quartet; ALEA III International Prize (Boston, 1992) for his work Presentment for chamber ensemble and tape; and Special Award of Nantes at the International Film Festival (France, 1992) for the musical score in the film Kammie. In 1993-94, Yanov-Yanovsky performed and recorded the chang part in his piece Chang Music V with the Kronos Quartet. In 2000, he performed and recorded his Music of Dreams for harpsichord and chang with Elisabeth Chojnacka. Yanov-Yanovsky won a fellowship from Siemens Corporation USA and spent two months in New Jersey as a composer in residence. Between 2002 and 2004, Yanov-Yanovsky was a composer in residence with the Belgian ensemble Musiques Nouvelles. In 2006 he was invited to join other composers in the Carnegie Hall’s Professional Training Workshops for Young Musicians. From 2008 to 2010 Yanov-Yanovsky was a composer in residence at Harvard University.

Performers of Yanov-Yanovsky’s music have included the Arditti Quartet, Dawn Upshaw, the Kronos Quartet, the Moscow Ensemble of Contemporary Music, ALEA III Ensemble, Erwartung Ensemble, the New Juilliard Ensemble, Jerusalem Contemporary Players, Xenia Ensemble, Musiques Nouvelles, AntiDogma Musica, the Xenakis Ensemble, the Nieuw Ensemble, Sentieri selvaggi, Alter ego, Joel Sachs, Sarah Leonard, Barbara Bayer, Dennis Rassel Davies, Diego Masson, Phillis Bryn-Julson, Herve Desarbre, Pascal Rophe, Ensemble Caput, Elisabeth Chojnacka, HK Gruber, David James, Yo-Yo Ma, the London Sinfonietta, and 2e2m. In addition to his concert music, Yanov-Yanovsky is known for his scores for 65 films and more than 30 theater performances.

In 1996 he founded the International Festival of Contemporary Music ILKHOM-XX in Tashkent. He was an art director of the festival until 2006.
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Volume 107, Numbers 3-4, Fall-Winter 2014 issue of the Journal of the Illinois S...

Volume 107, Numbers 3-4, Fall-Winter 2014 issue of the Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society

ISHS is pleased to announce the arrival of Volume 107 of the Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society, Fall-Winter 2014, the fourth in a series of five Civil War 150th anniversary commemorative issues, this guest-edited by Robert Girardi.

Articles include:
*"Two Slaves in Jacksonville," by Patricia B. Burnette
*"General John Corson Smith and the Early Days of the Fighting 96th Illinois Infantry," by Wayne L. Wolfe and Bruce S. Allardice
*"Colonel Silas D. Baldwin: Guilty or Not Guilty?" by Richard Dexter
*"Was Illinois Governor Richard Yates Intimidated by Copperheads During the Civil War?" by James J. Barnes and Patience P. Barnes
* Colonel Mitchell's Wars: Confederates, Copperheads, and Bushwhackers," by Peter J. Barry
*St. Mary's Goes to War: The Sisters of Holy Cross as Civil War Nurses," by Cindy Intravartolo
*Plus more than 17 book reviews

Individual copies for the double issue are $36 plus shipping and available through the University of Illinois Press. For copies call 866-244-0626.

24 Illinois sites added to National Register Historic Preservation Agency helps...

24 Illinois sites added to National Register
Historic Preservation Agency helps place 24 Illinois sites on National Register in 2014

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Historic Preservation Agency’s efforts to preserve and promote the state’s heritage paid off last year with 14 buildings, eight historic districts and two archaeological sites being added to the National Register of Historic Places.

The buildings and neighborhoods are scattered from Chicago to Springfield to East St. Louis. They include family homes, warehouses and government buildings. They relate to Abraham Lincoln, racial integration, Native American art, the role of immigrants in building Illinois and much more.

Sites are added to the register by the National Park Service based on recommendations from the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency, which houses the state’s Historic Preservation Office.

“Reading the list of sites added to the National Register last year really drives home what a wonderful legacy we enjoy in Illinois,” said Amy Martin, director of the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency. “Preserving historic buildings and districts helps communities stay vibrant, and this agency is proud to help the people and organizations that work so hard to make that happen.”

The National Register of Historic Places is the official list of the nation’s historic places worthy of preservation. Thousands of Illinois historic and prehistoric places have been designated, and more places are added each year by applicants who want the prestige, financial benefits and protections that National Register designation provides.

Every one of the 102 Illinois counties has at least one property or historic district listed in the National Register. Together, they represent a cross section of the Prairie State's history from its early settlement to the mid-20th century. In general, properties have to be more than 50 years old to be eligible. Listing on the National Register places no obligations on private property owners but does make properties eligible for some financial incentives.

The 2014 additions to the National Register from Illinois include:

COLLAR COUNTIES
David Hall House, Lake Villa
The David Hall House, designed by Chicago architect Ralph Wesley Varney, is an inventive melding of early 20th century revival and Art Deco styles. Art Deco was rarely employed for residential architecture, particularly since the style’s popularity generally shadowed the Great Depression when fewer new homes were constructed.

Elgin Downtown Historic District, Elgin
This area served as the community’s first major business center, from early shops of the 19th century to department and chain stores of the 20th. It also was the transportation and government heart of the community. The district contains a significant number of historic commercial structures.

William and Helen Coffeen House, Hinsdale
The Coffeen House and its coach house are outstanding works by master architect George W. Maher. Designed in 1899, they represent a pivotal period in the evolution of his Prairie School design. The house displays the simple unadorned forms and complex details in stained glass and carved wood that Maher was developing as hallmarks of his work.

COOK COUNTY
Chrysler Village, Chicago
Chrysler Village exemplifies a fundamental but often unacknowledged moment in the history of housing: the partnership between private developers and the federal government to house war-industries workers during World War II. The area was named for the nearby Dodge-Chrysler Plant, home to the production of engines for the B-29 Superfortress.

Oak Park Village Hall, Oak Park
Oak Park Village Hall played a key role in the village’s struggle to halt white flight. Oak Park received national attention for the way it inspire

Quite a gathering of young Lincoln scholars and interpreters! Thanks to Curt Fox...

Quite a gathering of young Lincoln scholars and interpreters! Thanks to Curt Fox for sharing this story, printed in the Lincoln Daily News.


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LINCOLN - Friday morning, fifth grade classes from Northwest, Washington Monroe, and Central schools traveled to the Lincoln Heritage Museum on the campus of Lincoln College to take part in “A Walk Through the 1860’s.”

Trivia Night! Tomorrow evening, March 21, the Illinois State Historical Society...

Trivia Night!

Tomorrow evening, March 21, the Illinois State Historical Society defends its championship title as last year's winner of the Sangamon County Historical Society Trivia Night. The fun begins at 7 p.m. at the Old State Capitol in Springfield. Wish us luck!
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