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Iroquois County is established, named for the Native American tribe involved in notable encounters with the Illinois tribe in the late-17th century.

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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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SAVE THE DATE: Best of Illinois History Awards Gala

Theme: A Night at the Speakeasy

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.

Ceremony of Investiture Honoring Graham A. Peck, Ph.D. as the Wepner Distinguished Professor of Lincoln Studies

University of Illinois Springfield

  • 3/19/2020 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  • Category: Events
Ceremony of Investiture Honoring Graham A. Peck, Ph.D. as the Wepner Distinguished Professor of Lincoln Studies

Please join us in honoring Dr. Graham A. Peck, the Wepner Distinguished Professor of Lincoln Studies, at a Ceremony of Investiture with reception to follow. During the ceremony, Dr. Peck will receive a medallion that symbolizes his position as a distinguished professor. After this, he will present a lecture, Abraham Lincoln and the Making of an Antislavery Nation.

Edgewater Historical Society Annual Meeting, Program and Volunteer Fair

Edgewater Historical Society

  • 3/21/2020 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
  • Category: Events

Join us, the Edgewater Historical Society, on Saturday March 21, for our Annual Meeting, Program and Volunteer Fair.


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