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POSTPONED-SAVE THE DATE: Best of Illinois History Awards Gala

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Theme: A Night at the Speakeasy

Come dolled up and dapper in your vintage 1920s finery or evening cocktail party attire for a seriously fun time!

The event will include cocktails and hors d'oeuvres, live entertainment, wine pull, and the Annual Awards presentation recognizing indivuals, groups, and oranizations that have furthered the collection, preservation, and interpretation of Illinois history.

Illinois History Symposium

Co-sponsored by the Illinois State Historical Society and the UIS Alumni SAGE Society

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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.

2019 ISHS Illinois Ozark Fall Tour

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Pack your bags and backpacks!

Southern Illinois is nature’s wonderland and in the fall it is magical! Join us as we explore the southeasternmost corner of the state for our fall tour, October 1-3, led by a team of historians and archaeologists. You won’t want to miss this adventure in “Egypt,” where we’ll explore the Shawnee National Forest, historic and prehistoric landmarks, the Garden of Gods, and sites associated with early industry, the Civil War, and the Underground Railroad. We’ll also be lodging at the San Damiano Retreat Center, a beautiful hideaway on the cliffs above the Ohio River. This ISHS Fall Tour is the one you’ve been waiting for!

Historical Marker Dedication—Kenneth Leon “Tug” Wilson

Tug Wilson Historical Committee and the Illinois State Historical Society

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An historical marker recognizing Atwood native Kenneth L. "Tug" Wilson, an Olympian, athletics director, second Commissioner of the Big Ten, and president of the U.S. Olympic Committee will be dedicated at 11 a.m. Saturday, August 22, 2020, at Rajah Park located in the 200 block of Magnolia Street in Atwood.

New Online Exhibit: One Hundred Years of Cooking

Madison County Historical Society

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A new online exhibit by the staff of the Madison County Historical Museum explores One Hundred Years of Cooking. Assistant curator, Mary Z. Rose, under the direction of curator Jennifer Van Bibber, has assembled another interesting and timely exhibit. With so many people at home during the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been a resurgence in the interests of cooking and baking. The new exhibit is one of a dozen topics that can be explored at https://madcohistory.org/online-exhibits/.

2020 Best of Illinois History Awards

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Although we weren’t able to celebrate this year, we delight in honoring this year’s winners.

The postponement and eventual cancelation of the ISHS’s “Best of Illinois History Awards and Gala” was a disappointment for many of us, as it is the one time of year we get to celebrate the achievement of the people and organizations, publishers, writers, and exhibitors, who each year demonstrate the variety and depth of Prairie State history. We really enjoy meeting our friends and partners in history and thanking them for reawakening our passion for the past, but shutting the celebration down to keep us all safe from the pandemic seemed a wise choice.

It’s hard to believe we are already six months into the year and time to start thinking about the 2021 awards. Before we do that, let’s toast the winners and salute those who sent in the nominations that made this year’s awards possible.

Click the "Read More" button for the list of this year's Best of Illinois History Award winners.

**CANCELLED** 2020 Best of Illinois History Awards Gala

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Due to the COVID-19 pandemic the ISHS was compelled to postpone and then cancel our “2020 Best of Illinois History Awards Gala,” an annual event in Springfield at which we recognize and celebrate those individuals, institutions, and organizations that have made outstanding contributions to Illinois history in 2019. We will be sending out certifications and other awards to our 2020 award recipients this week.

Historical Marker Dedication—Robert Prager Lynching Site

Prager Memorial Committee and the Illinois State Historical Society

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An historical marker noting the location of the Robert Prager lynching in 1918 will be dedicated at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 13, 2020 at the entrance to St. John Cemetery, St. Louis Road at National Terrace, Collinsville.

Women’s Suffrage Explored in New Online Exhibit

Madison County Historical Society

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A new exhibit, Women’s Suffrage in Madison County, has just been added to the Madison County Historical Museum’s catalog of online exhibits available at https://madcohistory.org/online-exhibits/. Assistant Curator, Mary Z. Rose, under the direction of Curator Jennifer Van Bibber, has assembled another interesting and educational exhibit for local residents and students of history.

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