Friday, March 23, 2018


Illinois history

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.

Bicentennial Presentation

Historical Society of Quincy and Adams County

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James Cornelius, Curator, Abraham Lincoln Library and Joseph Messina, professor, Quincy University, will present the program. Cornelius will speak on old and new Illinois history and Messina will speak on Illinois in 1818.

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.

The History of Illinois presented by Tom Emery

Macon County History Museum

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Join us on April 14 as we welcome guest speaker Tom Emery who will present his program "The History of Illinois." The state of Illinois has a rich and varied history that is understood by few today. From its acceptance to the Union in 1818, Illinois history spans the days of Native American habitat and European settlement, to its political giants such as Lincoln and Douglas and its economic impact on the nation.
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