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Unemployment compensation act is passed by the General Assembly. The following day, an eight-hour work day is mandated for women.

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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.

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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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The Illinois State Historical Society has worked hard to open an online store which features literature and hard-goods which are related to Illinois. These are often hard to find or limited run items.

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Abraham Lincoln Event at the Glen Carbon Heritage Museum

Free Event

  • 7/30/2022 5:00 PM
  • Category: Events

Abraham Lincoln was a young man coming into his own at the same time as Illinois. From 1830 to 1860 both would grow to become integral to the United States, one as President of a nation in crisis, the other as the fourth largest state, full of promise.

Visit us on Saturday, July 30 at 5 p.m. for a glimpse of the past, discussion, and refreshments. This FREE event will be held outdoors a the Glen Carbon Heritage Museum pavilion with museum tours available before and after. 

Virtual Voyage-Lincoln Home National Historic Site

LincolnHome National Historic Site 

  • 6/30/2022 1:00 PM
  • Category: Events

Virtual Voyage-Lincoln Home National Historic Site

LincolnHome National Historic Site 
413 S 8th St, Springfield, IL 62701


Thursday, June 30th, 1 p.m. CT (Zoom)  
Lincoln’s Home Presenters:
Tim Townsend, Chief of Interpretation
Jasmine Leung, Park Ranger

Register Here for Virtual Voyage-Lincoln Home National Historic Site



Decatur’s Connection to the 1888-1889 Chicago Cubs World Tour

Macon County History Museum

  • 6/26/2022 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
  • Category: Events
Decatur’s Connection to the 1888-1889 Chicago Cubs World Tour

What does a young orphaned Black boy, Decatur’s first opera house, and the baseball team that would become the Chicago Cubs have in common? Macon County’s official historian, Mark W. Sorensen, ties all those strands together during his presentation at the Macon County History Museum on Sunday, June 26 at 2 p.m.


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