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4/13/1948

An early version of the device known now as a polygraph is tested on Norman J. Lee of the Investigation Bureau of Illinois. It was developed by Leonard Keeler.

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Care about Illinois history enough to make a solid (bronze) commitment to the Illinois State Historical Society? Donors of $2500 or more will receive "The Conversation," a limited (25 total made) edition casting of a new statuette by renowned Lincoln sculptor John McClarey on the theme of the first conversation at the White House between Frederick Douglass and President Lincoln, which took place on August 10, 1863. This is truly a wonderful keepsake and a statement about the power of listening in a world drowning in noise. Call or email today to donate and own a piece of history.

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Best of Illinois History Awards and Annual Meeting Luncheon

Illinois State Historical Society

On Saturday, April 20th, 2024, the Illinois State Historical Society will host the 2024 ISHS “Best of Illinois History” awards, which recognizes outstanding contributions to Illinois history in the previous calendar year. This year’s Annual Meeting and Awards Luncheon is scheduled for 11:30 a.m., on Saturday, April 20, 2024, at the Hoogland Center for the Arts in Springfield, 420 South Sixth Street, The price to ISHS members for this luncheon buffet is $50 per person, $60 for non-members. Please make your reservations early as seating is limited. Reservation deadline is April 8th.

Paid parking for the event will be at the city parking ramp immediately to the north of the Hoogland Center, and free but limited on-street parking is available up and down Fifth and Sixth streets.

For more information or to make a reservation, please call the office at 217-525-2781, ext. #2.

When: Saturday, April 20, 2024
Time: 11:30 a.m.
Location: Hoogland Center for the Arts
420 South Sixth Street
Springfield IL 62701 (Map)

 

 

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