Tuesday, August 21, 2018


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Pioneer Day and Illinois Bicentennial Celebration 2018

Kishwaukee Valley Heritage Society

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The Kishwaukee Valley Heritage Society Museum invites you to attend our 33rd Annual Pioneer Day in Genoa. This event, appropriate for families or individuals interested in engaging with historical context, handcrafts, and traditions of our community, will include outdoor exhibitors, tours of the museum, live music, a pork chop dinner sponsored by the Genoa Lions Club, and slices of homemade pie for sale.

Center for French Colonial Studies Annual Conference

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The 2018 Annual Meeting of the Center for French Colonial Studies will take place in Ste. Genevieve, Missouri, October 12-14, 2018. The conference will include numerous possibilities for visiting the historic sites in and around Ste. Genevieve, both with group tours and on one’s own.

Sterling-Rock Falls Historical Society - Junior Historians, 2018

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A team of six retired teachers have completed one week of a Junior Historians Camp through the Sterling-Rock Falls Historical Society and in partnership with the Sterling and Rock Falls Optimists Clubs.  Our theme for the entire week was “Illinois’ Bicentennial.”  Twenty-two students participated in the week’s activities in our new Lincoln Learning Center next door to our historical Lincoln-Manahan Home. 

Illinois Heritage, July - August 2018

Now available!

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David Joens serves as guest editor of this issue of Illinois Heritage. His gifts of enthusiasm, professionalism, and passion for the history of our Prairie State––and most  especially his love of the architectural wonders of our Illinois statehouse––make him a splendid guide. To accomplish his task he has enlisted the help of John Lupton, director of the Illinois Supreme Court Historical Society; Mark Sorensen, past ISHS president and ex officio historian of the capitol; and illustrator William Crook Jr., who has shared one of his exquisite watercolor/pen and ink portraits of the statehouse for our cover. David also tells the story of a twelve-year collaboration between the ISHS and the Illinois House of Representatives to restore an amazing 19th-century montage that now hangs in the state capitol. The montage features individual photos of the entire 1879 House of Representatives.

Thank you for reading Illinois Heritage. To receive your own copy of Illinois Heritage, please consider becoming an ISHS member. Your membership and gifts keep this organization vital and relevant. We cannot serve Illinois history without you. 

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