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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

Illinois History Forum–Ulysses S. Grant

Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library

  • 5/10/2018 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
  • Category: Events
Illinois History Forum–Ulysses S. Grant
The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library invites you to take part in the 2018 Illinois History Forum.

Please join us on May 10 for a book discussion on U. S. Grant: American Hero, American Myth by Joan Waugh.

Moderator: National Park Ranger Nick Saco, Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site

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

Location:
Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library
Multipurpose Room
112 North Sixth Street
Springfield, IL 62701 (Map
217-785-9132
www.PresidentLincoln.Illinois.gov

1776–The Musical

1776–The Musical
In August, 2018, Illinois will celebrate its 200th anniversary of statehood. In addition, Lincoln’s New Salem State Historic Site is celebrating its 100th year of live performances in Kelso Hollow, home to Theatre in the Park. For a century people have flocked to New Salem for live entertainment which makes it the longest continuously running outdoor venue in Central Illinois. Theatre in the Park will continue its tradition of historical/period productions as well as the founding of the United States of America and Illinois’ statehood by presenting 1776 as the opening production of its season. Theatre in the Park believes this production will be a perfect event to help kick-off a summer of bicentennial events in Central Illinois.

Show Times: May 18-20, 2018; 8:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m.

Marbold Antique Show & Farm Fest

Historic Marbold Farmstead Association

  • 6/23/2018 9:00 AM - 6/24/2018 3:00 PM
  • Category: Events
Country primitive antiques, historical tours of house and grounds, steam engines, gas engines, period craftsmen, demonstrations, vendors, food, music/entertainment, vintage baseball, flea market on Sunday, church service, vintage tractors, civil war cavalry reenactors and more will be on display at the historic Marbold Farmstead in Greeview.

Heartland~A Musical History of Illinois

Organic Arts

Heartland~A Musical History of Illinois
Heartland is a multimedia historical program of folk songs, stories, and images that cover the width and breadth of the Midwest.

Decatur Quilters Guild Celebrates Illinois Bicentennial

Decatur Quilters Guild Celebrates Illinois Bicentennial
The 37th Quilt Show sponsored by the Decatur Quilters Guild will be held at the Decatur Civic Center on June 29-30, 2018 from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM. The featured speaker both days will be Suzi Perron, author of Barn Quilts and the American Quilt Trail Movement. Over 200 quilts from Illinois quilting artists will be on display with a special display of past quilts by guild members. Many vendors featuring fiber arts for quilting enthusiasts will be present.


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