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3/3/1942

The YMS-1 class auxiliary motor minesweeper YMS-84, the first WWII naval vessel built in Illinois is launched on the Chicago River. It was built at the Henry C. Grebe & Co. shipyard. YMS-84 cruised down the Mississippi to the Gulf of Mexico and through the Panama Canal to join the US Southwest Pacific Force in the Solomon Islands. She served for 3 years before sinking off the shores of Balikpapan on July 9, 1945.

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"The Conversation"

Care about Illinois history enough to make a solid (bronze) commitment to the Illinois State Historical Society? Donors of $2500 or more will receive "The Conversation," a limited (25 total made) edition casting of a new statuette by renowned Lincoln sculptor John McClarey on the theme of the first conversation at the White House between Frederick Douglass and President Lincoln, which took place on August 10, 1863. This is truly a wonderful keepsake and a statement about the power of listening in a world drowning in noise. Call or email today to donate and own a piece of history.

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