Illinois State Historical Society | Strawbridge-Shepherd House | PO Box 1800 | Springfield, IL 62705-1800
Maid of All Work: The Women Who Worked for the Lincolns
Like most middle-class women of her time, Mary Lincoln relied on hired help to manage her household. These women worked and sometimes lived in her house, cleaning, cooking, and caring for the children alongside her. Who were these women? What were their duties? What was their experience like within the household? What were the Lincolns experiences living and working intimately with a cross-section of society that they might never have encountered otherwise? Drawing on letters, reminiscences, and county records, University of Illinois at Springfield's Sangamon Experience Director and Curator, will examine the nature of domestic service in the Lincoln household in Springfield, Illinois, to attempt to answer these questions. In doing so this program aspires not only to establish a social and cultural context for the Lincolns’ experience but to flesh out the experiences of working-class women who are often on the margins or outright invisible to history.
Streaming: Looking for Lincoln’s Facebook Page and Looking for Lincoln’s YouTube Page
Twenty-First Annual UIUC Graduate Symposium on Women's and Gender History
The Twenty-First Annual UIUC Graduate Symposium on Women's and Gender History will be held on March 3 and 4, 2023, online and on the UIUC campus.
Candice Shy Hooper, Author and Historian
Four Score Speaker Series: Candice Shy Hooper
Tuesday, March 21, 2023
7:00 p.m. CT (Zoom Webinar)
The Secrets of Lincoln’s Illinois Photographs.
The Elkhart Historical Society will welcome historian Mark Sorensen of Decatur to the podium for the Friday, March 24, 2023, dinner lecture, The Secrets of Lincoln’s Illinois Photographs.
Between 1856 and 1861 there were 32 known photo images of Abraham Lincoln taken in Illinois. From the daguerreotype of slick-haired Lincoln preparing to go to Congress, to the only ambrotype of lawyer Lincoln in his “Matlockesque” white coat, to the newly bearded president-elect Lincoln leaving Springfield, historian Mark Sorensen will reveal the back story of thirteen of these images in his illustrated presentation.
Ballists, Dead Beats, and Muffins: Inside Early Baseball in Illinois
Robert D. Sampson will be talking about and signing copies of his book, Ballists, Dead Beats, and Muffins: Inside Early Baseball in Illinois, at 11 a.m., April 15 at Books on the Square, 427 East Washington Street, Springfield.
Celebrating the Mississippi River Festival
Mark Pierce, author of “When the Stars Came Out: Stories of the Mississippi River Festival,” will be the presenter for the April Madison County Historical Society’s Speaker Series on Sunday, April 16 at 2.p.m.
Robert D. Sampson talks about his new book, Ballists, Dead Beats, and Muffins, a first-ever history of early baseball in Illinois that adds the Prairie State game’s unique shadings and colorful stories to the history of the national pastime.
Quincy Civil War Symposium
Sponsored by the Historical Society of Quincy and Adams County of the Tri-States
Civil War Round Table
For more information: (217) 222-1835
2023 "Best of Illinois History" Awards and Annual Meeting Banquet
Mark your calendars! The Illinois State Historical Society will host its 124th Annual Meeting this year at the Hoogland Center for the Arts in Springfield on April 29, 2023. At this time, the ISHS will recognize the ISHS's "Best of Illinois History" award recipients for 2023. Twenty-nine remarkable nominees will be honored and awarded for their outstanding achievements and publications on Illinois history.
An Evening with Thomas Jefferson
The Madison County Historical Society (MCHS) and Friends of the Wildey Theater are hosting “Thomas Jefferson: The Man and Legacy” featuring historian Kurt Smith at the Wildey Theatre on Thursday, May 11, at 7 p.m.
2023 ALHFAM Conference
Join us at the 2023 ALHFAM Conference
Saunder Village in Northwest Ohio
Visit ALHFAM.org for more information
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