Co-sponsored by the UIS History Department, Lithuanian-American Club of Central Illinois and the Illinois State Historical Society.
The University of Illinois Springfield Engaged Citizenship Common Experience (ECCE) Speaker Series will host a panel discussion exploring the Displaced Persons Act of 1948, which gave European refugees the ability to immigrate to the U.S. following World War II. The panel discussion is free and open to the public.
In honor of the Illinois bicentennial, Illinois State Archives staff has compiled a list of the 100 most valuable documents housed in its collection. The Illinois State Archives is the repository of all official Illinois government documents of permanent value. More than 75,000 cubic feet of paper, microfilm, photographs and audio and film recordings are housed in the Margaret Cross Norton Building on the capitol complex in Springfield. Paper records date back before 1818 statehood and include governors' correspondence, public acts, departmental histories, census records, military records, election results and more.
Illinois Humanities announced today the second round of grants as part of the “Forgotten Illinois” initiative, which is meant to help celebrate the Illinois Bicentennial in 2018 and to spark curiosity about Illinois history and its implications for our state’s present and future. The program is carried out in partnership with the Illinois State Historical Society.
Lincoln-Douglas Debate Advisory Board, Quincy
Abraham Lincoln and Stephen A. Douglas portrayals and a speech by the National Park Service’s Lincoln Home historian on the evening of October 11 will celebrate Quincy’s observance of the 160th anniversary of what some local historians call the city’s greatest day.
On October 13, 1858, the Lincoln-Douglas debate in Quincy drew more than 12,000 people from three states to Quincy’s Washington Park. That sixth of the seven debates was for Lincoln the “turning point” in his campaign to win Douglas’s U.S. senate seat. It was in Quincy that Lincoln “took off the gloves” in his contest with Douglas.
A team of six retired teachers have completed one week of a Junior Historians Camp through the Sterling-Rock Falls Historical Society and in partnership with the Sterling and Rock Falls Optimists Clubs. Our theme for the entire week was “Illinois’ Bicentennial.” Twenty-two students participated in the week’s activities in our new Lincoln Learning Center next door to our historical Lincoln-Manahan Home.