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The May-June special issue of Illinois Heritage, "Chicago Neighborhoods" is goin...

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The May-June special issue of Illinois Heritage, "Chicago Neighborhoods" is going to press this week. If you are a member of the ISHS, watch for your copy in the mail. If not, join today so you won't miss out. Articles in this issue examine the vibrant communities of Andersonville, Chinatown, Uptown, Chicago Lawn, Englewood, and others. The issue also features highlights of the 2015 Annual Meeting, the restoration of the historic Edwards Place, the Dixie Highway and Egyptian Trail, the birth of the Illinois State Medical Society, and the Lincoln Funeral reenactment in Springfield. If you want to donate to the cost or producing this fine magazine, call 217-525-2781 today!


Dedication and unveiling of the "Home for the Friendless" historical marker at t...

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Dedication and unveiling of the "Home for the Friendless" historical marker at the Family Service Center, April 30, 2015, in Springfield. The Home for the Friendless, founded in 1863, was a home for indigent women and children in Springfield at a time when the city offered no services to the poor and destitute. Established on land donated by city founder Elijah Iles, the home was operated by a board of directors including some of Springfield's most prominent citizens. In January 1865, Rev. Francis Springer, a citizen of Springfield and U.S. Army Chaplain at Fort Smith, Arkansas, arranged for passage of more than 40 refugees from warn-torn Arkansas and Missouri to come to Springfield and the shelter offered by the Home for the Friendless. Descendants of some of those original families are still in Springfield.
The Home for the Friendless continued to provide services to the needy in 1920 under the name of the Children's Service Bureau, and in the 1960s, the facility, still at its original location, became the Family Service Center, providing adoption services, educational programs, and services to families in need.
Attending the ceremony in Springfield were a dozen descendants of Rev. Francis Springer, as well as the great-great grandchildren of Mary Jane Tully, one of the original orphan children from Arkansas. The marker was sponsored by the Family Service Center, the Illinois State Historical Society, and descendants of Mary Jane "Jennie" Tully.


Coming to Springfield for the 150th commemoration of the Lincoln Funeral? You ca...

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Coming to Springfield for the 150th commemoration of the Lincoln Funeral? You can find all about the weekend activities at: www.Lincolnfuneralcoalition.org.


The 2015 Lincoln Funeral Coalition
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The mission of the 2015 LIncoln Funeral Coalition is to educate, coordinate and promote the accurate and dignified reenactment of the historic anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's funeral procession in Springfield, Illinois.

Mark W. Sorensen, Macon County Historian and ISHS Life Member, receives the Illi...

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Mark W. Sorensen, Macon County Historian and ISHS Life Member, receives the Illinois State Historical Society's "Lifetime Achievement" award from ISHS immediate past president Russell Lewis at the 2015 Annual Awards Ceremony, held April 25 at the Old State Capitol in Springfield. Photo by William Furry. More than 40 awards were presented at this year's annual ceremony. For more information about the Awards Program, go to www.historyillinois.org


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