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4/23/1848

The first boat makes its passage through the Illinois & Michigan Canal, which continues in operation through 1935.

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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.

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2021 ISHS History Symposium

The 2021 ISHS History Symposium will be online starting April 15. The program is a combination of recorded, on-demand sessions and live sessions (April 22-24). With the theme "Changing Historical Landscapes," the lineup features historians, artists, and community members engaged in efforts to reimagine, reinvigorate, and revise commemoration and historical interpretation throughout the state.

Live sessions will be broadcast via Zoom Webinar and the ISHS YouTube Channel. Attendees must complete a simple, free registration for each live session.The Symposium schedule and registration links can be found here.

2021 Best of Illinois History Awards and ISHS Annual Meeting

This past year was challenging on multiple levels, not just because of the pandemic but due to the stress our museums, historical societies, and other educational communities have endured to keep our doors open (even when closed), and to give our staffs and volunteers meaningful tasks and goals to achieve. How empowering to know that even in an international crisis and lockdown we still can enrich other lives by sharing our Illinois history. Our “Best of Illinois History” celebration takes place over Zoom beginning at 4 p.m., on Friday, April 23.

Junior Historians Live! – So You Wanna Be a Musician?!? (Via ZOOM)

Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum

  • 4/22/2021 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
  • Category: Events

Do you dream of making music? Have you ever wanted to know what it’s like to follow your passion, take the stage in front of an audience, and show the world what you’re made of? Now's your chance to hear what that experience is like from someone who's played with musical greats like Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, and Del Shannon!

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