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Since 1934, the Illinois State Historical Society has erected more than 500 historical markers statewide. Subjects of historical significance to Illinois are co-sponsored by local organizations and supporters. The Illinois State Historical Society coordinates the placement and management of historical markers throughout the state.
Do you have an exciting local history news story or an event that you would like to share? Use this form to submit it and after a quick review it will be added to our news roll or events calendar. The goal is to add news and events from all over the state to celebrate Illinois’ rich history. Get involved and get the word out about news and events in your area.
The COVID-19 pandemic has delayed or forced the cancellation of many activities across the state and nation, including the election of ISHS directors and advisers, usually conducted at our annual meeting in April. Because we don't know how the pandemic will affect our ability to gather collectively in the coming months, the ISHS board has decided to conduct the election while we are social distancing.
Many parents and students across the state are preparing for the start of a new school year and many will be homeschooling. The ISHS would like to share just a few of the many teaching history resources that are available on the Internet.
The Illinois State Historical Society seeks sponsors for ten new ISHS historical markers commemorating people, places, or events that help tell the story of African Americans in Illinois. We are especially interested in recognizing individuals who made significant contributions to the social, educational, economic, and cultural heritage of their communities and to the state or nation at large.
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An Evening with Dana and David
Susan Lawrence Dana was known for her lavish entertaining. Join the Dana-Thomas House Foundation’s Events Committee as we present an Evening with Dana and David, a virtual cooking experience with executive chef David Radwine (Crow’s Mill School, Sangamo Club).
Women's History Walk: Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment
Meet the movers and shakers of the Illinois Suffrage Movement who lived in Oak Park Illinois. Join us in this 90-minute walking tour as we celebrate the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment and honor the women who worked tirelessly for equal voting rights.
Summer Music at the Museum
Music will fill the air this summer as History Comes Alive at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum! Every Saturday morning from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., June 6th through August 15th, you'll be treated to FREE outdoor concerts in front of the museum or in Union Square Park. This week you'll enjoy music from the Burr Oak String Band and entertainment from Professor Longhair's Magic and Medicine Show!
Walk Edgewater: Bryn Mawr Historic District
Enjoy views of the historic buildings of Edgewater in our own unique outdoor museum. Edgewater has three historic districts, designated by the U.S. Department of the Interior, and many blocks filled with historic homes.
Historical Marker Dedication—Kenneth Leon “Tug” Wilson
An historical marker recognizing Atwood native Kenneth L. "Tug" Wilson, an Olympian, athletics director, second Commissioner of the Big Ten, and president of the U.S. Olympic Committee will be dedicated at 11 a.m. Saturday, August 22, 2020, at Rajah Park located in the 200 block of Magnolia Street in Atwood.
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