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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

12/13/1925

Actor Dick Van Dyke is born in West Plains Missouri. By the time his younger brother Jerry is born in July, 1931, the family has relocated to Danville.

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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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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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I am pleased to report that the Illinois State Historical Society trivia team--M...

I am pleased to report that the Illinois State Historical Society trivia team--Marissa DeWeese, Larry Kienzler, Tom Wood, and Sam and Bill Furry--came in second place at the Sangamon County Historical Society Trivia night on Saturday, March 21. We lost out to the Nefarious Trivia Trolls of Table 3, who took an early lead, and like a group of hungry termites, cleared the forest of competition. It was not pretty, but it was decisive, although in the 7th round a five-way tie for third place put everyone on the offense. Congrats to all players, and to the Lincoln Troubadours, who were the big winners!

War World 1 ambulance driver from Springfield subject of new book Lincoln...

War World 1 ambulance driver from Springfield subject of new book

Lincoln Land Community College Political Science Professor Chris McDonald, Ph.D., will present “From Springfield to Schlestadt” on Saturday, April 11 from 9 to 10 a.m. The presentation is being held in the Trutter Center. The public is invited to the free event. Professor McDonald’s presentation is based on his new book, “‘Three Lying or Four Sitting’—From the Front in a Ford,” which gives an eyewitness account of World War I through the letters of Springfield native and Harvard student Kent Dunlap Hagler.
Professor McDonald will provide a glimpse of Mr. Hagler’s life as an
ambulance driver and the local connection to the Great War. In “‘Three Lying or Four Sitting’—From the Front in a Ford,” Professor McDonald provides commentary and a personal account of someone serving on the Great War’s front lines through the detailed, literate and humorous letters of Mr. Hagler. Mr. Hagler came from a prominent family in Springfield. He left Springfield for Harvard University where, after being denied entry into the United States military forces, he decided to become a volunteer ambulance driver with the American Field Service. Over a two-year period, Mr. Hagler sent home many letters
describing his experiences in the First World War. A book signing will follow the presentation. Copies of the book will be available for
purchase. Cost of the book is $19.95, plus tax. All proceeds from book sales will benefit the LLCC Foundation general scholarship fund in honor of Kent Dunlap Hagler.


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Early registration deadline for the 40th Annual History Conference at Western Il...

Early registration deadline for the 40th Annual History Conference at Western Illinois University's Quad Cities campus (on Saturday, May 9) is April 6 -- $35 early registration. Click the link for conference information and registration form.


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Please join us in Moline on the beautiful new WIU Quad Cities campus (3300 River Drive, Moline, IL 61265) for the 2015 WIU History Conference. The Conference date is Saturday, May 9th, 2015. On-site registration and breakfast begin at 8:00 a.m., with the first session starting at 9:20 a.m. The Confe…

Upcoming Events at the Western Illinois Museum General Macomb's Birthday Party...

Upcoming Events at the Western Illinois Museum

General Macomb's Birthday Party
Thursday, April 9, 2015
3:00 to 5:00 pm

Join us to celebrate the 233rd birthday of General Alexander Macomb, the city’s namesake. The party will be held at the Western Illinois Museum. Here's what we have planned!

3:00 Life of a War of 1812 Soldier

Visit with Old Fort Madison re-enactors and learn about the life of a War of 1812 soldier.

3:45 Brief Program

Brief program with comments by City of Macomb Mayor, Mike Inman; Regent of the General Macomb Chapter of the D.A.R., Dr. Elizabeth Kaspar; and Director of Old Fort Madison, Dr. Eugene Watkins. Coloring contest winners will be announced.

4:00 Music by Lee Murdock

Illinois Humanities Council Road Scholar and musician, Lee Murdock, will present a unique program titled, The Star-Spangled Banner and the Struggle that Forged Two Nations.

4:45 Birthday Cake

Birthday cake will be served by the members of the General Macomb Chapter of the D.A.R.

The event is free and open to the public. Donations welcome.

2015 Symposium MIDWEST WOMEN ARTISTS 1940-1960 DISCOVERING THEIR WORK, TELLING...

2015 Symposium

MIDWEST WOMEN ARTISTS 1940-1960
DISCOVERING THEIR WORK, TELLING THEIR STORIES, LEARNING FROM THE PAST

OCTOBER 22 & 23, 2015
BRADLEY UNIVERSITY
PEORIA, ILLINOIS

At this interdisciplinary conference we will explore the art, experiences and legacies of women artists working in the Midwest from the end of the Great Depression through World War II and the prosperity of the 1950s.

The Midwestern United States consists of the following states: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.

The symposium is organized by the Bradley University Art History Program and the Illinois Women Artists Project with support from the Inland Visual Studies Center and Peoria Riverfront Museum.

2015 CALL FOR PAPERS

Papers considering the art, experiences and legacies of women artists who worked in the Midwest between 1940 and 1960, as well as those that deal with aspects of collecting, exhibiting and publishing the work of these women, are welcomed.

Abstract Submission: Please submit a 300 word abstract for a 15-20 minute paper by May 4, 2015. Include the title of paper, presenter’s name, institutional & departmental affiliation (if applicable), CV and any technology requests.

Submit copies to both of the organizers:

Sarah Glover Associate Professor of Art History, Bradley University
sglover@bradley.edu

Channy Lyons, Director, Illinois Women Artists Project
illinoiswomenartists@gmail.com

Symposium Highlights

The symposium opens the afternoon of Thursday October 22 with a tour of the exhibition Making Their Mark: Illinois Women Artists, 1940 to 1960 at Peoria Riverfront Museum. At 5:00pm Robert Cozzolino, PhD, will give the Keynote Address at the Caterpillar Global Communications Center on the Bradley campus. On Friday November 8, panel presentations and discussions will be held in Westlake Hall on the university campus.

Symposium expenses are being covered by our sponsors and donors. Lunch, travel and overnight expenses will be the responsibility of the symposium participant.

THE SYMPOSIUM IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. Registration is recommended.
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