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Native Americans of the Illinois Country

Illinois State Historical Society

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November’s ISHS History Happy Hour program is entitled Native Americans of the Illinois Country and is presented by Mark Walczynski. Mark is the Park Historian for the Starved Rock Foundation located at Starved Rock State Park, Utica, Illinois. Mark’s studies focus on the Franco-Amerindian history of the Western Great Lakes and the Illinois Country during the last 40 years of the 1600s. He is also an affiliate with the Illinois Archaeological Survey.

Edgewater Beach Memories

Edgewater Historical Society

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We are looking for photos taken at the Edgewater Beach Hotel that include people in various locations. There are plenty of photos of the building both inside and outside. We are hoping to find more of people enjoying the hotel.

Stories in Stone: Decoding the Sentiment Behind Cemetery Symbolism

Illinois State Historical Society

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Just in time for Halloween, the Illinois State Historical Society is proud to present its very first program of the ISHS History Happy Hour. This first presentation, "Stories in Stone: Decoding the Sentiment Behind Cemetery Symbolism," is presented by our very own board member Debra Dudek.

Commentary: Historical monuments, memorials, and statues should reflect our finest values

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The Illinois State Historical Society (ISHS) welcomes the ongoing public discussion about monuments and commemoration in the Prairie State. Communities across Illinois face decisions about the presence of commemorative statues, monuments, and memorials and the naming of public spaces and buildings.

Seeking Nominations for the ISHS Board of Directors and Advisory Board

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The Illinois State Historical Society seeks a few good people to serve on its  Board of Directors and Advisory Board.

Do you know someone who has:

  • enthusiasm for promoting Illinois history through the Illinois State Historical Society’s educational, commemorative, research and publishing activities?
  • experience as a lay-person or professional in the field of local, state, regional and/or national history?
  • concern for connecting the Society with local organizations and communities and expanding the Society’s membership, and ideas for ways of accomplishing these goals?
  • an understanding that Board service involves some personal expense as well as a commitment of time, as the Society holds its Board meetings (usually four per year) and its committee meetings in locations around the State.

Illinois Heritage, September–October 2020

Volume 23, Number 5

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Prairie State history is seldom as pristine as our cover might suggest.

Sometimes it is downright gritty…and then there are the horseflies and gnats. But it is always interesting and sometimes downright fascinating. The September-October issue offers so many examples, from the profiles of Ethel Mars, John Dos Passos, Harriett Rendall, and Ada Miser Kepley to the fascinating essay on Illinois Senator Stephen A. Douglas, author of the 1854 Kansas-Nebraska Act, which propelled Abraham Lincoln into the White House, provoked a Civil War, and led to the Emancipation Proclamation. Douglas biographer Reg Ankrom opens a window to our past, where we can reflect on the unresolved conflicts that have contributed to our social unrest today. It’s all good reading in your Illinois Heritage.

Thanks again, to all of you who contributed to our COVID 19 appeal, which helped get us through a difficult summer. May you all stay well, and may the autumn fall colorfully, and gently, in Illinois.

Reverend Dr. C. T Vivian Historical Marker Dedication

Illinois State Historical Society

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Join us in Macomb on Saturday, September 26, as we install a new historical marker commemorating the life of civil rights pioneer Reverend Dr. C. T Vivian. Unveiling at 2 p.m., 630 East Adams Street (former site of Vivian's childhood home) with a social hour following. RSVP at 309-833-2558. Facial coverings required.

Hesler Prints Now Available

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Alexander Hesler’s companion portraits of presidential candidate Abraham Lincoln, taken in   Springfield on June 3, 1860, are stunning photographs. Exposed on 8” x 10” light-sensitive glass plates, the images are among the most eloquent and revealing of Illinois’ greatest statesman before he left Springfield for Washington.

Grayslake Celebrates its 125th Anniversary

Grayslake Historical Society

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Grayslake celebrates its 125th anniversary this year. Watch as Grayslake Historical Society board member Jane Trump shares stories and photos from Grayslake’s past and Bill Chapin of Chapin Jazz Studio plays popular tunes from each decade. Please enjoy this video presentation of the celebration of Grayslake's125th year. https://youtu.be/tP1mgLW26dA

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