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Al Capone dies in Florida. Born in New York in 1899 to immigrant parents, Alphonse "Scarface" Capone's 7-year reign as crime boss of the Chicago Outfit ended when he was 33, with a prison sentence for tax evasion. His role in the St. Valentine's Day Massacre in 1929 of 7 rival gang members led to the federal government's determination to end his reign in Chicago.

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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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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 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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2022 MOMCC Spring Conference

Midwest Open Air Museums Coordinating Council

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2022 MOMCC Spring Conference

2022 MOMCC Spring Conference
“Unraveling Our Past and Moving Forward: Finding Our 21st Century Voice”
Hosted by the Elijah Iles House

Join us in the “Land of Lincoln” as we look for ways to break the patterns of our past practices to find solution for operations, programming, and interpetation as we charge headlong into the third decade of the 21st century.

Visit for more details and registration.

For questions contact:
Tracie Evans, Program Chair
Phone: 419-446-2541, Ext. 2072
Fax: 419-445-5251

President Abraham Lincoln Hotel
701 E Adams Street
Springfield, IL 62701 (Map)



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