Tuesday, March 20, 2018



Peorians Who Changed the World

Peoria Riverfront Museum/Peoria Historical Society

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Join us for a special panel discussion about Peorians who changed the way people think and advanced society globally - from Betty Friedan to Richard Pryor - by the Peoria Journal Star journalists who interviewed and covered them! Our local journalists have been on the beat through the years as the ultimate daily keepers of our Peoria area history. This event, moderated by Journal Star Executive Editor, Dennis Anderson, provides an opportunity for public Q&A on these world-changing Peorians. 

Cynthia Clampitt presents "How Corn Changed Itself and then Changed Everything Else"

Sterling-Rock Falls Historical Society

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About 10,000 years ago, a weedy grass growing in Mexico possessed of a strange trait known as a “jumping gene” transformed itself into a larger and more useful grass—the cereal grass that we would come to know as maize and then corn. Nurtured by early farmers in the Oaxaca region, this grain would transform the Americas even before First Contact.

Bicentennial Commission Moving Forward with 2018 Celebration

“Born, Built and Grown in Illinois”

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This year marks the bicentennial of the state of Illinois.  Illinois became the 21st state on December 3, 1818 when President James Monroe signed the legislation admitting us to the Union. In honor of this occasion, Governor Bruce Rauner in 2016 issued Executive Order 2016-11, which created the state’s Bicentennial Commission. The commission consists of a diverse group of Illinois residents who have a passion and love for this state. David Scott serves as the ISHS representative on the commission. The purpose of the commission is to develop and implement a statewide program to celebrate the bicentennial. The slogan of the commission is Born, Built, and Grown in Illinois. Using almost entirely private money (with the exception of staff support) and working with partners and generous donors, the commission is moving forward with statewide bicentennial celebration plans.
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