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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

1/18/1819

Second session of the First General Assembly convenes at Kaskaskia. It would adjourn on March 31st.

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Latest News & Upcoming Events

Renewing the Promise of the Forest Preserves

Palos Heights Public Library

Renewing the Promise of the Forest Preserves
Nature needs people to remain healthy and Douglas Chien from Friends of the Forest Preserves will discuss how people work together to restore healthy nature in our forest preserves and some of the challenges as we move towards the next 100 years.

Illinois at 200

Palos Heights Public Library

Illinois at 200
Take one part history, one part storytelling, and one part trivia game, add prizes and what to you get? William Pack returns with a once in 200 years chance to celebrate the bicentennial of Illinois. Guaranteed to be fun, informative, with a little dash of the odd and unusual.

Illinois History Forum–The Signs of Springfield

Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library

  • 3/8/2018 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
  • Category: Events
Illinois History Forum–The Signs of Springfield
The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library invites you to take part in the 2018 Illinois History Forum.

Please join us on March 8 for an exhibit discussion on the Springfield Sign Museum. 
Moderator: Ace Sign President Dennis Bringuet

All discussions begin at noon and are free and open to the public. You are welcome to bring your lunch.

Location:
Ace Sign Company
2540 South First Street
Springfield, IL (Map

Burnham's Chicago

Palos Heights Public Library

Burnham's Chicago
Actor Terry Lynch will portray Daniel Burnham, architect of the 1909 Chicago Plan and will discuss the history of the "Windy City" and its transformation from the "Wild Onion" to the "City of Big Shoulders."

Coulterville Historical Society and Museum Grand Opening

  • 3/17/2018 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
  • Category: Events
Coulterville Historical Society and Museum Grand Opening
Please join us for the Grand Opening of the Coulterville Historical Society and Museum on Saturday, March 17, 2018, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Refreshments will be served.

Location:
Coulterville Historical Society and Museum
107 South 4th Street
Coulterville, IL (Map
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