George Rogers Clark and about 175 men defeat the British at Kaskaskia and Illinois is organized as a county of Virginia.
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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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Come dolled up and dapper in your vintage 1920s finery or evening cocktail party attire for a seriously fun time!
The event will include cocktails and hors d'oeuvres, live entertainment, wine pull, and the Annual Awards presentation recognizing indivuals, groups, and oranizations that have furthered the collection, preservation, and interpretation of Illinois history.
On Tuesday, December 3, the Illinois State Historical Society hosts its annual Illinois History Symposium, in conjunction with a UIS "Lunch and Learn" program.
Southern Illinois is nature’s wonderland and in the fall it is magical! Join us as we explore the southeasternmost corner of the state for our fall tour, October 1-3, led by a team of historians and archaeologists. You won’t want to miss this adventure in “Egypt,” where we’ll explore the Shawnee National Forest, historic and prehistoric landmarks, the Garden of Gods, and sites associated with early industry, the Civil War, and the Underground Railroad. We’ll also be lodging at the San Damiano Retreat Center, a beautiful hideaway on the cliffs above the Ohio River. This ISHS Fall Tour is the one you’ve been waiting for!
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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 Peaches 'n Bacon and entertainment from Professor Longhair's Magic and Medicine Show!
**CANCELLED** Camp 16: Discovering History’s Mysteries
Students entering 5th-8th grades: July 6-10, 8:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m. daily.
Join us on an incredible time-traveling adventure as we discover history’s exciting mysteries. Work with fellow detectives, using your History Detective Kit, to decode cyphers, examine evidence, and solve puzzles before time runs out!
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 Springfield Municipal Band!
History of Chicago’s Lakefront (Live Program via Zoom)
Join the Edgewater Historical Society on July 11th at 11 a.m. (via Zoom) for the much anticipated, but delayed program, History of Chicago's Lakefront with noted Chicago geographer and historian Dennis McClendon. You won't want to miss this.
Junior Historians Summer Reading Club (Intermediate) Virtual Event
The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum invites youth to join us this summer in a virtual (via Zoom) reading club as we discuss books about the world we share. Our hope is to provide relevant books that allow youth to engage with our staff and their peers around topics that are important to them. Our promise is a safe space where youth can think, discuss their ideas, challenge assumptions, and (hopefully) grow a little based on what we read. We also promise to remember it’s summer and keep it fun!
Our Intermediate book selection for July is Jason Reynolds’s, Look Both Ways: A Tale Told in 10 Blocks.
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