Friday, August 23, 2019


Elaine Evans

2019 King V. Hostick Scholarship Awards

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This week the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and the Illinois State Historical Society announced the 2019 recipients of the King V. Hostick Scholarships, awarded to graduate history students who have completed all but their dissertations and are visiting Illinois libraries to complete their research.

Wann Railroad Disaster Historical Marker Unveiling and Dedication

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The Village of East Alton History Museum, Phillip D. Walkington, and the Illinois State Historical Society will unveil an ISHS historical marker commemorating the "Wann Railroad Disaster" on Saturday, June 15, at 10 a.m. in front of the Fred H. Bright Vital Services Building in East Alton. 

2019 ISHS Centennial Business Awards

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The Illinois State Historical Society is now accepting applications for the 2019 ISHS Centennial Business Awards. 

Was your Illinois-based business founded in 1919 or earlier? Has it been accepted into the ISHS Centennial Business database and been recognized by the Society at the annual Centennial Awards luncheon? If not, go to the Society's web page at and download an application. If you're having trouble finding the appropriate documentation for determining your business's eligibility, we can help. 

This year's applications are due in July. Don't wait to apply. The Society is honoring this year's inductees on September 14!

French Colonial Garden Tour

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Enjoy a Sunday tour of a "French Colonial Garden" at the Pierrie Menard Home." Refreshments (madalines, mints and lemon balm tea) will be available. Artist Brenda S. Thompson will be onsite painting the period garden as well. Minimal tours of the Pierre Menard Home will be conducted depending on how busy we are in the garden with visitors. The video about the Home and museum will not be available on this day. A brochure with a description of the period garden will be available!

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