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8/10/1887

An excursion train carrying over 500 passengers leaves Peoria for Niagara Falls on the Toledo, Peoria & Western Railroad. After passing through Chatsworth the train came upon an oak trestle bridge that had ignited from a fire set to burn dried grass away from the bridge and railway tracks. 85 people were killed in the Great Chatsworth Train Disaster.

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Illinois Heritage is our publication designed to encourage various professional, amateur historians and the general public to explore and write about Prairie State history for a broad audience.

The Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society is the scholarly publication with peer-reviewed Journal articles, essays, and documents about history, literature, art technology, law, and other subjects related to Illinois and the Midwest.

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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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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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UIS Lunch and Learn

Homegrown Rock-N-Rolll

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Event date: 10/5/2022 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM Export event

UIS Lunch and Learn Series
UIS Alumni Sage Society
Co-Sponsored by the Illinois State Historical Society

Homegrown Rock-N-Roll

Lance Tawzer, director of exhibits and shows at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum will speak to the State's proud and vibrant history of homegrown music and classic rock-n-roll bands from Illinois.

Illini Country Club
1606 Illini Road, Springfield, IL
Free Parking

$36 per person
Program includes a hot lunch.

Registration deadline is one week prior to the event.

Register online at go.uis.edu/LLfall2022
Virtual option via Zoom

Questions?
217-206-6058
advancement@uis.edu

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