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Happy birthday, Illinois State Historical Society!! On this date in 1899, the Il...

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Happy birthday, Illinois State Historical Society!!
On this date in 1899, the Illinois State Historical Society was established in Urbana, Illinois, by professional and amateur historians, archaeologists, doctors and lawyers, librarians and researchers, and civic-minded individuals who wanted to preserve, protect, and promote the history of the Prairie State. The Society set up its headquarters in Springfield the following year and has been the premiere not-for-profit advocate for Illinois history ever since.
Today the Society kicked off its 116th birthday celebration by announcing the establishment of the Third Century Fund, an endowment-building campaign to secure the Society's future for the next 100 years.
Longtime ISHS friends and supporters Rand and Pat Burnette invited ISHS Development Officer Tara Winters and Executive Director William Furry to their Jacksonville home today to present the Society with a $20,000 gift to support the Third Century Fund, and to kick off the endowment campaign.
Rand Burnette, president of the Society from 2001-2003, is professor of history emeritus from MacMurray College (he also taught at Carthage College, both in Carthage, Illinois and Kenosha, Wisconsin). Pat taught at MacMurray College and at Illinois College, and has an article published in the current Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society.
The Society's Third Century Fund is dedicated to see that the Society continues to fulfill its mission to "foster awareness, understanding, research, preservation, and recognition of history in Illinois." The Society is a registered 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization sustained solely by its membership and programs, and through donations and grants from corporations and individuals like you. To find out how you can support the Society's mission, make a donation, bequest, of otherwise contribute to the cause, call 217-525-2781 and ask for Tara.
HISTORY MATTERS EVERY DAY.

Photo caption: ISHS Development Officer Tara Winter with Pat and Rand Burnette, founding contributors to the Society's Third Century Fund. Photo by William Furry.


Chicago History Museum "Illinois Resident Free Days" There's only one place in t...

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Chicago History Museum "Illinois Resident Free Days"
There's only one place in the world dedicated to the history of the Windy City--the Chicago History Museum, and for Illinois residents the museum is open free on the following days in 2015: July 4, August 17-21, 24-28, 31, and September 1-3. If you are an Illinois resident, take advantage of this unique benefit. The Museum is open Mon-Sat, 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Sundays from noon 5 p.m. For group visits call 312-642-4600.
The CHM is located at the south end of Lincoln Park, 1601 North Clark Street, Chicago.

2nd Annual Ice Cream Social and Historic Tree Tour Saturday, May 23, 2015 Oak...

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2nd Annual Ice Cream Social and Historic Tree Tour
Saturday, May 23, 2015
Oak Ridge Cemetery, Springfield, IL
1-4 p.m.

Join the Illinois State Historical Society for "A Spirited Stroll Into the Past," on Saturday, May 23 at historic Oak Ridge Cemetery. Volunteers from Star Hill Forest, the Illinois Native Plant Society, and other organizations will guide you on a pleasant, educational outing through the past, and at the end of the trail will be ice cream, cake, lemonade, and activities for young and old. This event is sponsored by the Lincoln Memorial Foundation, The Oak Ridge Cemetery Foundation, Starhill Forest, and The Illinois State Historical Society. Free admission, but donations are greatly appreciated.

Photo of the Brant Memorial Tree Stone in Oak Ridge Cemetery.


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!


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