Augustus C. French is inaugurated as Governor, distinguished as the last Governor to assume office in December. Following the adoption of the state's 2nd Constitution in 1848, terms of office would begin in January following the election year.
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On Tuesday, December 3, the Illinois State Historical Society hosts its annual Illinois History Symposium, in conjunction with a UIS "Lunch and Learn" program. Join us for one or all of the Symposium sessions. Morning and afternoon presentations are free to attend with complimentary snack refreshments. The Lunch and Learn program is $23/person and requires a reservation.
The November-December issue of Illinois Heritage highlights just a few of the things your Society has been up to in recent weeks. The Centennial Business Awards luncheon was held in Jacksonville on September 14, and we had a great time visiting with the new inductees, as well as previous year’s award winners from Morgan County. Last month we took our Fall Tour to the Shawnee National Forest, where our stellar guides revealed some of the hidden treasures of southern Illinois. And on December 3 at the University of Illinois Springfield we’ll celebrate the 201st anniver-sary of statehood with our annual Illinois History Symposium commemorating the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage. Please come spend the day with us!
As you know, membership is the glue that holds the Illinois State Historical Society together. Your personal commitment to this organization makes all the difference in what we accomplish from year to year. Thank you for all you do to make Illinois history unforgettable. And please take time this month to renew your ISHS membership. Our future depends on what you do today.
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Tales from the Vault: Civil War Battles
Join ALPLM Lincoln Historian Dr. Christian McWhirter as he shows and discusses items from our collection from and about Civil War battles. Learn what it was like to fight in the Civil War and how its battles have been remembered over time. Reservations are not required.
Christmas at the Iles House–Historic Christmas Open House
On Saturday afternoon, December 14, join us from 1 to 4 p.m. for “An Historic Christmas” with special tours of the house telling how the celebration of Christmas grew and evolved during the 19th century.
Clayville Candlelight Christmas
Join us for the 1st Annual Clayville Candlelight Christmas at the Clayville Historic Site. We will provide tours of our decorated Broadwell Inn, Batterton Cabin, White Cabin, Schoolhouse, and Ag Museum.
Christmas at the Iles House–Candlelight Open House
Continuing a long tradition of Candlelight Tours at the Iles House, you are cordially invited to see the House in all its candle-lit splendor on two Saturdays, December 7th and 14th from 5 to 8 p.m.
Illinois History Forum - Looking for Lincoln
Join Sarah Watson, the executive director of the “Looking for Lincoln” project, as she takes you on a journey of the 43-county Abraham Lincoln National Heritage Area.
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