Thursday, March 23, 2017


General News

Put Abraham Lincoln back in your courthouse!

Society offers exquisite Prairie Lawyer photograph to Illinois county courthouses

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Every Illinois courthouse needs a superior photograph of Abraham Lincoln, not as the 16h President, but as he looked when an  Illinois lawyer. This handsome canvas portrait,  made from the original glass-plate positive images owned by the Illinois State Historical Society, will turn heads and hearts.

Cubs vs Cardinals

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Vote for your favorite team by visiting the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum’s newest exhibit in Springfield, Illinois! Take an interactive look at the historic baseball rivalry between the Chicago Cubs and St. Louis Cardinals. You will learn more about each team’s history and see original relics from the players, managers, broadcasters, and owners who built each franchise.

Illinois History Symposium to focus on commemoration of WWI and Suffrage in Illinois

"1917, Year of Turmoil: War and Suffrage," April 20-22 at Lincoln Land Community College, Trutter Center

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The 2017 Illinois History Symposium, “1917, Year of Turmoil: War and Suffrage,” co-sponsored by the Illinois State Historical Society (ISHS) and Lincoln Land Community College (LLCC), will be held at LLCC April 20-22, 2017, in the Trutter Center. More than 25 papers, panels, and presentations will be made during the 2-day event, which will include such topics as the music, art, and literature of the war years, as well as the influenza epidemic, researching your WWI ancestor, and Illinois women on the homefront.

The 2017 Illinois History Symposium is open to the public and registration is required. Click "Read More" for schedule and registration.

Historic Churches to be Honored

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The Illinois State Historical Society invites 150-year-old Illinois houses of worship to apply for official recognition as "Illinois Sesquicentennial Churches." Congregations that have continuously met since 1866 or earlier are invited to apply for the designation (synagogues too) through the Society's Sesquicentennial Church program. Applications are available on-line at, or from the Society. Call 217-525-2781 for an application. The deadline for applications is June 30, 2016. Houses of worship will be honored at a special luncheon this fall in Peoria.

UPDATE: Application deadline extended, submit your house of worship today.
Download Application here

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