Illinois voters refuse to call a convention to legalize slavery in Illinois, with the antislavery forces being led by Governor Edward Coles.
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Since 1934, the Illinois State Historical Society has erected more than 500 historical markers statewide. Subjects of historical significance to Illinois are co-sponsored by local organizations and supporters. The Illinois State Historical Society coordinates the placement and management of historical markers throughout the state.
Do you have an exciting local history news story or an event that you would like to share? Use this form to submit it and after a quick review it will be added to our news roll or events calendar. The goal is to add news and events from all over the state to celebrate Illinois’ rich history. Get involved and get the word out about news and events in your area.
The COVID-19 pandemic has delayed or forced the cancellation of many activities across the state and nation, including the election of ISHS directors and advisers, usually conducted at our annual meeting in April. Because we don't know how the pandemic will affect our ability to gather collectively in the coming months, the ISHS board has decided to conduct the election while we are social distancing.
Many parents and students across the state are preparing for the start of a new school year and many will be homeschooling. The ISHS would like to share just a few of the many teaching history resources that are available on the Internet.
The Illinois State Historical Society seeks sponsors for ten new ISHS historical markers commemorating people, places, or events that help tell the story of African Americans in Illinois. We are especially interested in recognizing individuals who made significant contributions to the social, educational, economic, and cultural heritage of their communities and to the state or nation at large.
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Little Lincoln’s (Virtual) Fireside Tales
Join ALPLM’s Ms. Corinne and our Education Intern Miss Kaylee as they inspire our youngest visitors during this fun, “Art”-themed story time. If you’ve never participated in a Little Lincoln early learning program, we highlight 2-3 stories and engage children by singing songs and sharing activities. This event will be offered via Facebook Live; registration is not required.
St. Andrew’s Annual Summer Book Fair
The Summer St. Andrew’s Book Fair will be held on August 6-7-8 at 406 Hillsboro Avenue in Edwardsville, Illinois. Due to precautions for the prevention of COVID-19, this sale will be by appointment only, with the number of patrons at any given time limited to 15. Both volunteers and shoppers will be required to wear masks.
Summer Music at the Museum
Music will fill the air this summer as History Comes Alive at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum! Every Saturday morning from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., June 6th through August 15th, you'll be treated to FREE outdoor concerts in front of the museum or in Union Square Park. This week you'll enjoy music from the 10th Illinois Cavalry Regimental Band!
Italian Immigration to Madison County
Italians brought their language, food and music with them from the old country and these are reflected in our culture today. Joann Condellone, the great-granddaughter of Italian immigrants to Madison County, will look at the lives and contributions of numerous Italian individuals and families who made an impact in Madison County.
Women's History Walk: Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment
Meet the movers and shakers of the Illinois Suffrage Movement who lived in Oak Park Illinois. Join us in this 90-minute walking tour as we celebrate the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment and honor the women who worked tirelessly for equal voting rights.
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