Illinois State Historical Society | Strawbridge-Shepherd House | PO Box 1800 | Springfield, IL 62705-1800
International Mother Jones Festival
Union Miners Cemetery, 12 PM–1:30 PM
Join us as we commemorate Mother Jones Funeral with a reading of the magnificent eulogy written and delivered on December 8, 1930 by Father Robert Maguire.
Mother Jones Museum, 1:30 PM–4 PM
The celebration continues with great food, music, children's programs, museum tours.
The Richard E. Hart Memorial Porch Side Chats
The Richard E. Hart Memorial Porch Side Chats spring series continues on the theme of “Growing Up in Springfield.” This spring’s series of three programs will be presented at the Elijah Iles House, 628 South Seventh Street on May 3, 17, and 31. The talks will start at 5:30 p.m. and will last about an hour. Light refreshments will be served afterwards. Admission is free, but donations are cheerfully accepted. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.ileshouse.org.
“Migration and Health in National and Global History”
The Madison County Historical Society (MCHS) will offer two new exhibits and a companion program beginning May 7 and May 10. “Migration and Health in National and Global History,” will be presented Sunday, May 7, at 2 p.m. at the Main Street Community Center at 1003 N. Main Street in Edwardsville.
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.
Lewis and Clark State Historic Site Bus Tour
Join us for a half-day bus tour to the Lewis and Clark State Historic Site on Saturday, May 13, to commemorate the anniversary of the Lewis and Clark Expedition’s departure.
Local Underground Railroad Conductor To Be Honored
The ceremony honoring a local Underground Railroad conductor will be the topic of the Sangamon County Historical Society program at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 16, at the Bell Tower of Oak Ridge Cemetery, 1440 Monument Ave., Springfield. The event is a joint program of the Sangamon County and Tazewell County Historical Societies. It is free and open to the public.
Elijah Iles House Porch Side Chat with Former State Senator Larry Bomke
Join us on May 17 for a porch side chat with former state senator Larry Bomke.
Ballists, Dead Beats, and Muffins: Inside Early Baseball in Illinois
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.
Billy Sunday 1909 Celebration
Join us May 28th, Pentecost Sunday, for our Billy Sunday 1909 Celebration honoring the 115th year anniversary of The Great Springfield Revival. You will hear Billy Sunday impersonator retell Billy's personal transformation story as well as the stories of the transformation of Springfield as a result in the weeks and months that followed.
An Introduction to Armenian Culture, History, and the Armenian Genocide
“An Introduction to Armenian Culture, History, and the Armenian Genocide” is the topic for the June 11 Speaker Series program from the Madison County Historical Society (MCHS). Historian Norma Asadorian, whose Armenian grandparents immigrated to Granite City, Illinois, will introduce the audience to Armenian culture and the Armenian genocide. The program will begin at 2 p.m. at the Main Street Community Center at 1003 N. Main Street in Edwardsville, Illinois. The program is free and open to the public.
2023 History Makers Gala
Join us in celebrating the legacies of our 2023 History Makers (Dotti Bushnell, Mary & Hank Campbell, Willie and Charles Halbert, and Guy Fraker). The History Makers Gala will be held on Wednesday, June 21st, at the Brown Ballroom on the campus of Illinois State University. The Gala dinner will feature live entertainment that celebrates the honorees and their service to our community. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. with the program beginning at 6:15 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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