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5/29/1856

Bloomington is the site of the first Illinois Republican State Convention. John Charles Fremont will be named the first presidential candidate for the newly-fledged political party.

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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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Junior Historians Live!: “So You Wanna Work in a Museum?!?” Round Table

Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum

  • 6/25/2020 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
  • Category: Events

Calling all Junior Historians and young museum lovers! If you've ever thought you wanted to work in a museum, this event is for you. Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum needs a variety of professional positions to function, ranging from historians, to exhibit designers, to librarians, to educators, to actors, to facilities and maintenance crews, to conservationists, and so much more.

Little Lincolns Fireside Tales (Virtual)

Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum

  • 6/23/2020 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
  • Category: Events

Little Lincoln’s (Virtual) Fireside Tales invites children 0 to 5 years old (Pre-K) to share in an exciting virtual story time, hosted via Zoom, with the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum Education staff and special visitors.

This month, our theme is the wonderful world of “Bugs!”

Junior Historians Summer Reading Club (Advanced)

Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum

  • 6/22/2020 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  • Category: Events

Join the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum staff 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 Advanced book selection for June is John Green’s, Turtles All the Way Down. To learn more about the book, please see the Common Sense Media review.

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