Saturday, January 20, 2018



Celebrating 200 Years: The Illinois Bicentennial

Macon County Conservation District

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A new exhibit, "Celebrating 200 Years: The Illinois Bicentennial" is now open in the exhibit hall at Rock Springs Nature Center.

Exhibit is open November 1, 2017-January 31, 2018.

North Exhibit Hall
Rock Springs Nature Center
3939 Nearing Lane 
Decatur, IL 62521 (Map
Phone: 217-423-7708

November - December 2017

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The Prairie State kicks off its 200th birthday party celebration on December 3, 2017, and the Illinois State Historical Society invites you to let us know what you are doing in your county to celebrate this milestone.  Our website features an Events calendar that will highlight your events--bicentennial or otherwise historical--but only if you go to and submit your information.  Let us help you get the word out and while you're there, check out "Today in Illinois History" for a sampling of what people have been doing here for the last two hundred years or so.

Our year-end issue of Illinois Heritage is a veritable feast of delights.  John Hallwas and Kathleen Spaltro highlight writers with Illinois connections and Cindy Reinhardt takes us to the "almost lost" town of Montgomery Station.  Continue farther down into Egypt with photographer Gary DeNeal for a look at misty autumn moments downstate.

As we come to year's end, it's also time to reflect back on our Johnny Appleseed trees--all of which have gone to good homes throughout the state, and look forward to recognizing historic businesses and churches in Illinois.  If you have a business in your town that is 100 years old or a church that is 150 years old (or older), please consider nominating them for recognition by the ISHS.  Applications for both programs can be found in this issue.

Happy, happy holidays! 

Marbold Antique Show & Farm Fest

Historic Marbold Farmstead Association

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Country primitive antiques, historical tours of house and grounds, steam engines, gas engines, period craftsmen, demonstrations, vendors, food, music/entertainment, vintage baseball, flea market on Sunday, church service, vintage tractors, civil war cavalry reenactors and more will be on display at the historic Marbold Farmstead in Greeview.

September - October 2017

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The coming of autumn conjures up memories of an America that
was and our connections to our state’s past. 
Visiting Shiloh Cemetery, the burial place of Thomas and Sarah Bush
Lincoln, leads to a reflection on the mortality of our ancestors, and
ultimately, to our own mortality.    Cemeteries are not so much a place to bury
the dead as they are a place where the once-living have finally settled down.  So it is with the stories passed down to us
over the years as we find our own way to pay tribute to the past by sharing the
tales in our turn.

Each of the 102 counties that make up Illinois has a wealth
of heritage to share with visitors and residents.  Whether we are selecting the perfect pumpkin
or biting into a crisp apple newly picked from the orchard, it is the time of
year when we can savor some of the harvest bounty of our state. 

With the September/October, 2017 Illinois Heritage embarks on a third decade of stories unique to
the Prairie State.  Share your Heritage.
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