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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...

 

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12/12/1922

Illinois voters reject a proposal submitted by the Constitutional Convention. It would be almost 50 years before the state would adopt a new Constitution.

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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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Dedication and unveiling of the "Home for the Friendless" historical marker at t...

Dedication and unveiling of the "Home for the Friendless" historical marker at the Family Service Center, April 30, 2015, in Springfield. The Home for the Friendless, founded in 1863, was a home for indigent women and children in Springfield at a time when the city offered no services to the poor and destitute. Established on land donated by city founder Elijah Iles, the home was operated by a board of directors including some of Springfield's most prominent citizens. In January 1865, Rev. Francis Springer, a citizen of Springfield and U.S. Army Chaplain at Fort Smith, Arkansas, arranged for passage of more than 40 refugees from warn-torn Arkansas and Missouri to come to Springfield and the shelter offered by the Home for the Friendless. Descendants of some of those original families are still in Springfield.
The Home for the Friendless continued to provide services to the needy in 1920 under the name of the Children's Service Bureau, and in the 1960s, the facility, still at its original location, became the Family Service Center, providing adoption services, educational programs, and services to families in need.
Attending the ceremony in Springfield were a dozen descendants of Rev. Francis Springer, as well as the great-great grandchildren of Mary Jane Tully, one of the original orphan children from Arkansas. The marker was sponsored by the Family Service Center, the Illinois State Historical Society, and descendants of Mary Jane "Jennie" Tully.


The May-June special issue of Illinois Heritage, "Chicago Neighborhoods" is goin...

The May-June special issue of Illinois Heritage, "Chicago Neighborhoods" is going to press this week. If you are a member of the ISHS, watch for your copy in the mail. If not, join today so you won't miss out. Articles in this issue examine the vibrant communities of Andersonville, Chinatown, Uptown, Chicago Lawn, Englewood, and others. The issue also features highlights of the 2015 Annual Meeting, the restoration of the historic Edwards Place, the Dixie Highway and Egyptian Trail, the birth of the Illinois State Medical Society, and the Lincoln Funeral reenactment in Springfield. If you want to donate to the cost or producing this fine magazine, call 217-525-2781 today!


Former ISHS advisory board member receives Horace Mann "Educator of the Year" aw...

Former ISHS advisory board member receives Horace Mann "Educator of the Year" award. Springfield High School history/social studies teacher Jeff Lightfoot's acceptance speech, courtesy the State Journal-Register.


Jeff Lightfoot accepts Educator of the Year award

Jeff Lightfoot accepts Educator of the Year award

2nd Annual Ice Cream Social and Historic Tree Tour Saturday, May 23, 2015 Oak...

2nd Annual Ice Cream Social and Historic Tree Tour
Saturday, May 23, 2015
Oak Ridge Cemetery, Springfield, IL
1-4 p.m.

Join the Illinois State Historical Society for "A Spirited Stroll Into the Past," on Saturday, May 23 at historic Oak Ridge Cemetery. Volunteers from Star Hill Forest, the Illinois Native Plant Society, and other organizations will guide you on a pleasant, educational outing through the past, and at the end of the trail will be ice cream, cake, lemonade, and activities for young and old. This event is sponsored by the Lincoln Memorial Foundation, The Oak Ridge Cemetery Foundation, Starhill Forest, and The Illinois State Historical Society. Free admission, but donations are greatly appreciated.

Photo of the Brant Memorial Tree Stone in Oak Ridge Cemetery.


Chicago History Museum "Illinois Resident Free Days" There's only one place in t...

Chicago History Museum "Illinois Resident Free Days"
There's only one place in the world dedicated to the history of the Windy City--the Chicago History Museum, and for Illinois residents the museum is open free on the following days in 2015: July 4, August 17-21, 24-28, 31, and September 1-3. If you are an Illinois resident, take advantage of this unique benefit. The Museum is open Mon-Sat, 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Sundays from noon 5 p.m. For group visits call 312-642-4600.
The CHM is located at the south end of Lincoln Park, 1601 North Clark Street, Chicago.
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