Sunday, February 25, 2018



A public appeal To all members and friends of the Marissa Historical and Geneal...

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A public appeal

To all members and friends of the Marissa Historical and Genealogical Society:

We would like all of you to know that at 11:57 p.m. on Friday, January 30, our local fire department was called to a fire at our historical “Academy Building”, where we maintained a museum and library, and what our Historical and Genealogical Society called “home.” The next day city workers and many others began moving everything that could be salvaged to an empty building in Marissa. These items will need to be cleaned and the smoke odor removed.

The Village of Marissa has been very cooperative and plans to rebuild at the same site in the village park. Many people are asking what they can do to help. One of the things we know we will need are items for our museum. We had many pictures, mining artifacts, and Marissa artifacts in the museum. If you have any coal-mining artifacts or museum items that you would like to donate please contact the Village Hall and they will take your name and address and a listing of what you’d like to place (or replace) in our museum. When the new building is ready, they will contact you and proceed with placing the items in the museum. The phone number for the Village Hall is 618-295-2351.

The genealogical library held many books on county histories, family histories, church and cemetery records, military records, etc. If you have any of these types of items that you would like to donate to the library you can send the information to the Society at P. O. Bo 245, Marissa, Illinois 62257-0245, or email us at:

Our Society has a opened a special account at the Village Bank here in Marissa for donations. If you would like to make a monetary donation, make your check to:

MHGS Restoration Fund
c/o Village Bank
720 East Lyons
Marissa, IL 62257

Due to the loss of our computer in the fire, we currently are unable to do maintenance on our website: For updates on our progress in setting up a temporary office, or rebuilding, please go to our Facebook page (Marissa Historical & Genealogical Society).

Equipment for printing the quarterlies was destroyed in the fire. We are currently in the process of replacing that equipment and we hope to get the February 2015 quarterly out as soon as possible.

Marissa Historical & Genealogical Executive Board

Making cheese at Lincoln Log Cabin Lincoln Log Cabin offers workshop with noted...

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Making cheese at Lincoln Log Cabin
Lincoln Log Cabin offers workshop with noted cheesemaker on March 28

LERNA, Ill. – Abraham Lincoln grew up in a time and place where families had to make most of their food, including cheese. Now the Lincoln Log Cabin State Historic Site is offering visitors a chance to learn the craft of making cheese from one of the Midwest’s top artisans.

After spending March 28 learning from Merryl Winstein, students will be able to go home and start making all their favorite cheeses using either goat’s or cow’s milk.

Winstein, of St. Louis, has been making cheese and teaching the skill for more than 22 years. “I feel deeply honored to be able to spread the craft. I took years to find out what to do, but you don't have to waste all that time searching, because I will teach you all I can,” she says.

Participants in the full-day workshop will use all their senses to observe changing textures and aromas and learn how to control acidity, pH, moisture, temperature and salt in order to create consistently delicious cheeses. The group will make a basic hard-pressed cheese like the French Tomme, a cloth-bound cheddar, Camembert/Brie, chevre/fromage blanc, yogurt, sour cream and hand-ladled ricotta.

The workshop costs $95. To pay and reserve space, visit and click on the Paypal link or mail a check to the Lincoln Log Cabin Foundation, 402 S. Lincoln Highway Rd., Lerna, IL 62440. Please indicate payment is for the workshop.

Lincoln Log Cabin State Historic Site, a part of the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency, is located just eight miles south of Charleston. It is a part of the Abraham Lincoln National heritage Area and preserves the 1840s farm home of Thomas and Sarah Bush Lincoln, parents of Abraham Lincoln.

To learn more about the site, visit\lincolnlogcabin or or call (217) 345-1845.

Lincoln Log Cabin
Lincoln Log Cabin Stat

Are you registered? Call 217-206-7395 to book your seat today!

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Are you registered? Call 217-206-7395 to book your seat today!

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Join the Illinois State Historical Society and the UIS Alumni SAGE Society for another series of outstanding "Lunch and Learn" programs beginning February 26. For reservations for the entire series of for individual programs call 217-206-7395. All programs are held on the UIS campus, Conference Room CD in the Public Affairs Center. Individual programs are $20 each. Series tickets are $50 each. Join us for "Lunch and Learn."


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The Illinois Symphony Orchestra is excited to announce the arrival of its newest family member! Music Director Alastair Willis and his wife Stevie are the proud parents of a beautiful & healthy baby girl, Hazel Grace Chartres Willis. Hazel arrived at 9.5 Lbs & 22" long on Tuesday, February, 10, 2015. Everyone is doing well.

Spring "Lunch and Learn" series begins February 26 The Office of the UIS Chance...

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Spring "Lunch and Learn" series begins February 26

The Office of the UIS Chancellor, the UIS Alumni SAGE Society, and the ISHS are sponsoring the spring "Lunch and Learn" lecture series at UIS beginning February 26. All programs are held in the UIS Public Affairs Center, conference rooms C-D, and include a delicious hot buffet lunch. Individual seats are $20, but the complete series is $50. Programs begin at 11:30 and end promptly at 1:30. Call 217-206-7395 to make your reservations today!

Lunch and Learn Series 2015
February 26
A Celebration of New Orleans
New Orleans is decadently rich in culture, tradition, history, and heritage, all woven into the American fabric. Historian Dale Philips, former unit manager of Chalmette (Battle of New Orleans site), will discuss the Battle of New Orleans and the 2015 Bicentennial of America’s “Second War of Independence.” UIS executive chef Howard Seidel, a former resident of New Orleans, will share the differences between Cajun and Creole culture, anecdotes of the area, and life in “The Big Easy.” A New Orleans-themed lunch menu will highlight the program!

March 12
Holocaust and Civil Liberties
The confluence of human rights and civil liberties is a living and sometimes confusing mix of moral principles, societal norms, and legal principles. UIS professor emerita of Legal Studies, Kathryn Eisenhart, J.D., will discuss the principles of civil liberties and human rights. Rabbi Barry Marks, Temple Israel, will talk about Holocaust remembrance and commemoration in light of the resergence of anti-semitism in Europe and America.

April 23
Abraham Lincoln and John W.E. Thomas
As part of the 150th anniversary commemoration of the end of the American Civil War and the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, Dr. Wayne Temple, author and internationally recognized authority on the 16th President, will discuss “The fight for Lincoln’s burial site” and the selection of Springfield as Lincoln’s final resting place. Dr. Dave Joens, author and director of the Illinois State Archives, will explore the journey and legacy of John W. E. Thomas, a former slave who became the first African American to be elected to the Illinois General Assembly.
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