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Three hundred acres of land south of Salt Creek near Riverside is donated to the Chicago Forest Preserve District by Edith Rockefeller McCormick for the establishment of Brookfield Zoo.

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2023 "Best of Illinois History" Awards and Annual Meeting Banquet

Illinois State Historical Society

2023 "Best of Illinois History" Awards and Annual Meeting Banquet

Mark your calendars! The Illinois State Historical Society will host its 124th Annual Meeting this year at the Hoogland Center for the Arts in Springfield on April 29, 2023. At this time, the ISHS will recognize the ISHS's "Best of Illinois History" award recipients for 2023. Twenty-nine remarkable nominees will be honored and awarded for their outstanding achievements and publications on Illinois history.

Celebrating the Mississippi River Festival

Madison County Historical Society

  • 4/16/2023 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
  • Category: Events

Mark Pierce, author of “When the Stars Came Out: Stories of the Mississippi River Festival,” will be the presenter for the April Madison County Historical Society’s Speaker Series on Sunday, April 16 at 2.p.m.

An Evening with Thomas Jefferson

Madison County Historical Society

  • 5/11/2023 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Category: Events

The Madison County Historical Society (MCHS) and Friends of the Wildey Theater are hosting “Thomas Jefferson: The Man and Legacy” featuring historian Kurt Smith at the Wildey Theatre on Thursday, May 11, at 7 p.m.


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