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Illinois Bicentennial

Bargain Quilts and the Quilt Buy of the Century

McHenry County Historical Society & Museum

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Janette Dwyer, former owner of Quilt Quarters in Geneseo, has spent the past 26 years sewing and collecting quilts. Her collection, which now tops 300, dates from the 1880s to the present day. She will bring about 30 quilts with her for the presentation – including two gems from the Century of Progress at the 1933 Chicago World’s Fair. She will talk about the quilts, as well as the fair's history, and show off other “bargains” she has uncovered. The Gazebo Valor Quilters, a group of about 40 women from the northwest suburbs, also will honor veterans with quilts that day. A drawing for the Heritage Quilters’ raffle quilt, an homage to World War I titled “Forever Poppies” and a show-and-tell also are part of the program. 

ILLINOIS CLASSICS: A Bicentennial Reading List

Compiled for Illinois public libraries by John E. Hallwas of the Illinois State Historical Society

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This twelve-month reading list includes novels, nonfictional works, and poetry – all by Illinois authors and expressive of the Illinois experience. Along with the twelve-month schedule are some alternative book titles, in case a library wants to customize the 2018 reading list by substituting another notable work of fiction, nonfiction, or poetry.

When Illinois was Louisiana: The Forgotten French Face of the Illinois Bicentennial

Woodstock Celebrates, Inc.

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Charles Balesi, author of The Time of the French in the Heart of North America, 1673-1818, now in its 4th edition, will talk about "When Illinois was Louisiana: The Forgotten French Face of the Illinois Bicentennial." The event will begin on Sunday, March 18, at 2 p.m. and last until 3:30 p.m., to allow for answering audience questions and signing books. 

January - February 2018

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The January-February 2018, issue of Illinois Heritage invites its readers to celebrate the state’s
bicentennial isues.  Adventures around
the Prairie State take us on a veritable road trip around the state without
leaving our hearth.  Art and literature
are celebrated with a look a Pulitzer Prize-winning authors Carl and Mark Van
Doren and the art of Irma Rene Koen. Traveling the state with authors Stephen
Leonard and Keith Sculle will surely jog a reader’s memory of their own trips.  Finally, be sure not to miss our state’s
bicentennial time travel in the first installment of “Illinois in Time.” 

May - June 2017

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With this issue of the Heritage, we welcome our new President Leah Axelrod to the helm.  Leah has been a member for 20+ years and she is the fifth woman to serve as ISHS President since 1899.  Thanks are due to Randall Saxon as he steps down to take life a little easier, if that is possible for a gardener.  

Readers of this issue will enjoy a little bit of everything, from John Hallwas's look at the life of naturalist Donald Culross Peattie to Michael Sublett's look at a proposed 103rd Illinois county, named for wildlife painter John James Audubon.  We are also pleased to share Verna Ross Orndorff scholarship winner Anna Sielaff's essay on Lincoln's Gettysburg Address.   

Thanks to our Society members for keeping the lantern burning and the rivers gently flowing!  Share your Heritage!
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