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1/15/1862

Dancer Loie Fuller is born in Fullersburg, Du Page County. A pioneer of modern dance, she embodied the Art Nouveau movement in Paris with acts such as her "Serpentine Dance."

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In the Beginning: A Look at Sangamon County 200 Years Ago

Sangamon County Historical Society

Sangamon County Historical Society kicks off the county’s 200th Anniversary on January 19, 2021 with the release of a video program on the county's beginning.

Ink to Paper: Exploring the Advancement of Letter Writing and its Uses

Madison County Historical Society

Ink to Paper:  Exploring the Advancement of Letter Writing and its Uses

A new exhibit, Ink to Paper: Exploring the Advancement of Letter Writing and its Uses, has just opened at the Madison County Archival Library at 801 N. Main Street, Edwardsville. In the exhibit, David Thompson, explores something that is becoming a lost art: letters. The exhibit looks at the instruments used to write them, the various types of letters, and even the stamps that were used to send letters. Many items in the exhibit come from the recently donated Flagg Collection.

Blanket Fort Radio Theater: A Storytelling Initiative from SIU Press in Collaboration with the SIU Creative Writing Program and WSIU

Southern Illinois University Press

Blanket Fort Radio Theater (BFRT) is a new collection of serialized audiobooks from Southern Illinois University Press. In contrast to standard audiobooks, BFRT productions have a distinctive sound that features musical underscoring and many actors playing various roles, giving the recordings the nostalgic feel of radio theater shows. BFRT productions are released weekly as podcast episodes.

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