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Today in history

8/17/1956

The National Democratic Convention in Chicago closes on its 5th day, with the nomination of Adlai E. Stevenson for President. His running mate is Senator Estes Kefauver of Tennessee. Stevenson had served as Governor from 1949 to 1953.

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Illinois Heritage is our publication designed to encourage various professional, amateur historians and the general public to explore and write about Prairie State history for a broad audience.

The Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society is the scholarly publication with peer-reviewed Journal articles, essays, and documents about history, literature, art technology, law, and other subjects related to Illinois and the Midwest.

Historical Markers

Historical Markers

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.

"The Conversation"

Care about Illinois history enough to make a solid (bronze) commitment to the Illinois State Historical Society? Donors of $2500 or more will receive "The Conversation," a limited (25 total made) edition casting of a new statuette by renowned Lincoln sculptor John McClarey on the theme of the first conversation at the White House between Frederick Douglass and President Lincoln, which took place on August 10, 1863. This is truly a wonderful keepsake and a statement about the power of listening in a world drowning in noise. Call or email today to donate and own a piece of history.

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Kaskaskia-Cahokia Trail Coalition 2nd Annual Road Rally

Kaskaskia-Cahokia Trail Coalition

Kaskaskia-Cahokia Trail Coalition 2nd Annual Road Rally

The Kaskaskia-Cahokia Trail Coalition is hosting its 2nd Annual Road Rally! Spend a day traveling the beautiful 60-mile long Kaskaskia-Cahokia Trail, exploring 12 historic stops from Cahokia to Historic Prairie du Rocher along the way. Get your card stamped at each location and if you get at least 8 stamps, you will have a chance to win some great prizes!! There will be family friendly activities in Waterloo at the final check-in with live music and a chalk art festival!

UIS Lunch and Learn

Homegrown Rock-N-Rolll

  • 10/5/2022 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
  • Category: Events

Lance Tawzer, director of exhibits and shows at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum will speak to the State's proud and vibrant history of homegrown music and classic rock-n-roll bands from Illinois.

St. Andrew’s Summer Book Fair

  • 8/5/2022 3:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Category: Events

The St. Andrew’s Summer Book Fair, featuring over 20,000 used books, will be held on Friday and Saturday, August 5-6 at 406 Hillsboro Avenue in Edwardsville, Illinois.

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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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