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7/27/1919

A serious race riot erupts in Chicago and lasts until August 3rd, leading to the deployment of the Illinois National Guard. The riot stemmed from an incident occurring when an African-American teenager swimming in Lake Michigan violated the unmarked "color barrier" on the beach front and was stoned by white youths. Eventually, 23 blacks and 15 whites would die.

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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.

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The Illinois State Historical Society has worked hard to open an online store which features literature and hard-goods which are related to Illinois. These are often hard to find or limited run items.

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World Class Exhibitions Coming to a Small Town Near You

Illinois Humanities

World Class Exhibitions Coming to a Small Town Near You

Illinois Humanities is excited to announce two new traveling exhibitions, Voices and Votes: Democracy in America — which highlights America’s history of civic action and the results of that action — and the Illinois Freedom Project — an exhibition highlighting the pursuit of civil rights by and for African Americans in Illinois. These concurrent, complementary exhibitions, sponsored by Illinois Humanities, will visit six Illinois communities starting this July!

Sangamon County Historical Society Announces Awards

Four projects recently received grants from the Sangamon County Historical Society to fund special projects that help preserve and promote local history.

ISHS Holiday Ornament

ISHS Holiday Ornament

The ISHS is now offering this beautifully handcrafted snowflake ornament. It is made in the U.S.A. from solid brass with a gold finish. The ornament is digitally printed in several colors, includes the Illinois State Historical Society logo, and is packaged in an elegant gold box.

 

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