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Dancer Loie Fuller is born in Fullersburg, Du Page County. A pioneer of modern dance, she embodied the Art Nouveau movement in Paris with acts such as her "Serpentine Dance."

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Latest News

Center for Lincoln Studies Grand Opening

UIS Center for Lincoln Studies

  • 2/12/2021 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
  • Category: Events

The University of Illinois Springfield invites you to join us (via Zoom) for the Center for Lincoln Studies Grand Opening.

In the Beginning: A Look at Sangamon County 200 Years Ago

Sangamon County Historical Society

Sangamon County Historical Society kicks off the county’s 200th Anniversary on January 19, 2021 with the release of a video program on the county's beginning.

PD in Your PJs: The Rise of Chicago

Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum

  • 1/25/2021 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
  • Category: Events

We haven't forgotten about our teachers! For the PD in Your PJs series, we invite you to come as you are, drink what you want, engage with the experts, and leave with 1.0 CPDU credits.


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