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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–Ronald Reagan

Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library

  • 9/13/2018 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
  • Category: Events
Illinois History Forum–Ronald Reagan
The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library invites you to take part in the 2018 Illinois History Forum.

Please join us on September 13 for a book discussion on When Character was King: A Story of Ronald Reagan by Peggy Noonan.

Moderator: Alan Lowe, former Ronald Reagan Presidential Library Archivist and current Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum Executive Director

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

Christian County Annual Persimmon Party

Christian County Historical Society & Museum and the Christian County Genealogical Society

  • 11/3/2018 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
  • Category: Events
The Christian County Historical Society & Museum along with the Christian County Genealogical Society will host their annual Persimmon Party (Fun Fall Family Festival) on Saturday November 3rd from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Illinois Bicentennial Birthday Party

Illinois Bicentennail Commission

Illinois Bicentennial Birthday Party
On December 3, 2018, we will celebrate Illinois’ 200th birthday with a gala party at the United Center in Chicago.

For 200 years Illinoisans have made exceptional contributions to their communities, to the State, to the country and to society. Throughout 2018, municipalities across the state, communities, colleges, museums, organizations and many others will share those names and stories. The Bicentennial Birthday Gala will be the culmination of a yearlong engagement to commemorate and archive the Illinois Bicentennial Hall of Fame.

Illinois Bicentennial Program for McDonough County

McDonough County Historical Society

Illinois Bicentennial Program for McDonough County
The McDonough County Historical Society is pleased to welcome Dr. John Hallwas, Distinguished Professor Emeritus at Western Illinois University, who will give a talk entitled, "W.H.Hainline: Newspaper Editor, Local Historian, and Community Builder." He also will comment on the release of a new book, Memory and Community: The Life and Writings of W.H. Hainline, edited by John Hallwas and Kathy Nichols.
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