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Tuesday, October 16, 2018

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The Law, Lincoln and True Crime

Eugene Debs and George Pullman in McHenry County

Woodstock Celebrates, Inc. and Illinois Labor History Society

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Woodstock Celebrates and the Illinois Labor History Society are hosting a Eugene V. Debs/George Pullman event in Woodstock for Saturday and Sunday, 3 and 4 November. All events are free to the public, however donations are encouraged for the specific purpose of renovating Old McHenry County Jail. Volunteers at each event will take cash and checks made payable to Woodstock Celebrates, Inc., a 501(c)(3) organization, that WCI will turn over to the City of Woodstock for the Old Jail. 

New book offers firsthand depiction of growing up in a WWII defense housing project

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I Grew Up in War Housing: The History of Defense Housing Projects in East Alton, Illinois 1941-1954, a new book by Philip David Walkington, offers a firsthand depiction of growing up in a WWII defense housing project during an unparalleled time in American history.

2018 Hostick Scholars Announced

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The 2018 King V. Hostick Scholarship recipients were announced in early June by the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum and the Illinois State Historical Society. This year’s scholarship winners come from across the nation, and represent the finest new scholarship in Prairie State history.

The Origin of the National Memorial Day

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Thanks to the General John A. Logan Museum, Murphysboro, Illinois, for permission to reprint this article and General Order 11 from the museum's website. For more information go to: http://www.loganmuseum.org/index.php/memorial-day.

On May 5, 1868, General John A. Logan, as Commander-in-Chief of the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR), issued General Order No. 11 designating May 30 “for the purpose of strewing with flowers or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion.”  Logan’s General Order, his Memorial Day Order, established Memorial Day as a national holiday. 

“Make Reconstruction History Visible” Mapping Project

Zinn Education Project

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ATTENTION TEACHERS AND EDUCATORS

The Make Reconstruction History Visible mapping project (a Zinn Education Project) is an opportunity for students and teachers to identify and advocate for public recognition of Reconstruction history in their community and the significant accomplishments made by newly freed people and their white allies.
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