Monday, April 23, 2018


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March - April 2018

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This March–April issue of Illinois Heritage highlights the recognition of thirty Illinois churches and synagogues that have been in continuous fellowship for 150 years or more. Currently, more than 200 churches and synagogues have been recognized by the ISHS.

The Bicentennial Year is well underway with many special events planned by local historical societies, libraries, government agencies and other community organizations. As an individual, consider reading one or more books listed in the Illinois Classics: A Bicentennial Reading List, a twelve-month reading list that includes novels, nonfictional works, and poetry, all by Illinois authors and expressive of the Illinois experience. 

This issue expresses not only the variety of interests in the state, but what is important at different periods in our state’s history.

Hemingway Foundation Benefit to Screen Cooper, Hemingway Documentary

The Ernest Hemingway Foundation of Oak Park

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Ernest Hemingway and Gary Cooper may not have been the most likely of friends, but best of friends they were. Their friendship is the topic of the New York Times Critic’s Pick feature documentary Cooper & Hemingway: The True Gen to be screened on April 14 at 7 p.m. in Chicago at The Palmer House Hilton.

Becoming a State: The Illinois Way

Academy of Lifelong Learning at Lincoln Land Community College/Illinois State Museum

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A popular local historian and writer, Tara McClellan McAndrew, will tell us about the wayward way we became a state and how our first lawmakers in Kaskaskia started from scratch in creating state government. Tara will share both facts and humor that emerged from her research.

1818: A Frontier is Forged

Crystal Lake Historical Society

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When the State of Illinois was established, what is now McHenry County was unchartered and was inhabited primarily by Native Americans, trappers and traders. Join us as we celebrate the 200th birthday of our state and meet the adventurers who explored and surveyed our land, making it safe for settlers to arrive in the following decades.

An Illinois Bicentennial Tea

Tazewell County Museum and Educational Center

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Come and bring your favorite mom, aunt, or special lady for a mother’s day outing. Come for a great time and have an old-fashioned day celebrating our 200 years in Illinois. This is a once in a lifetime event.
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