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World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago closes. Some 20 million people had visited the "White City" to celebrate the 400th anniversary of Columbus discovering the Americas.

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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.

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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.


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The Illinois State Historical Society has worked hard to open an online store which features literature and hard-goods which are related to Illinois. These are often hard to find or limited run items.

If you have a history buff on in your family that is hard to buy for this is your place to shop! While anyone can purchase items we offer additional discounts to ISHS members. Visit our store to browse the current inventory of items, item availability and inventory will change often.

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Becoming a member not only supports the Illinois State Historical Society, but also delivers excellent benefits to you giving you an excellent source of historical literature and resources. We offer multiple membership options for all stages and income levels. Look at our Membership area to find a plan that will work for you and join TODAY.

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Fall 2020 Lunch & Learn Series – The American People, Government, Finances and the Public Trust (Via Zoom)

UIS Alumni SAGE Society & the Illinois State Historical Society

  • 19 September 2020
  • Author: Elaine Evans
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Event date: 12/15/2020 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Export event

Fall 2020 Lunch & Learn Series – The American People, Government, Finances and the Public Trust (Via Zoom)


  • Rich Miller, Owner and Publisher, Capitol
  • Dr. Kenneth Kriz, Distinguished Professor, Public Administration & Director, Institute for Illinois Public Finance
  • The Honorable Tim Butler, Illinois State Representative

Moderator: Dr. Robert Smith, Dean, College of Public Affairs and Administration

Although there is no cost to attend this virtual program, please register here in advance. You will receive a confirmation email with the webinar link. This link will also be re-emailed to you one day and one hour prior to the program.

Zoom Webinar enables you to watch and listen to the program without having audio or video of yourself on screen. You’ll be able to type your questions into the Q&A box, which will be answered in the latter half of the program.

This webinar can be accessed through a browser (Chrome recommended) on a computer without downloading the Zoom app.

New to Zoom? Check out our Zoom Webinar Tutorial.

Questions? Call 217-206-6058

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