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Pontiac, on the Vermilion River, has the worst flood in the history of the town, with the river cresting at 19.16 feet.

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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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The Country and the City: Screening and Discussion of “Kaskaskia and the Pursuit of a More Perfect Union, Part 2”

Watch a video program on our YouTube channel, or attend a screening and community discussion around the state

  • 11/22/2022 6:30 PM
  • Category: Events

November 22, 6:30 p.m. CT
Chester Public Library, 733 S State St, Chester, IL 62233 

Kaskaskia and the Pursuit of a More Perfect Union examines what the complex history of Illinois’ first capital, Kaskaskia, can teach us about present day pursuits of a unified public.

Road Scholars: Wild Boar to Baconfest: Pigs in History and Popular Culture

A Road Scholar Program by Cynthia A. Clampitt

  • 11/21/2022 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Category: Events

St. Paul United Church of Christ, 1319 N 1720th Ave, Fowler, IL 62338

A Road Scholar Program by Cynthia A. Clampitt

This is a one-hour lecture about the history of pigs and pork and the impact these animals had worldwide but more especially the impact they had once introduced to the Midwest, including why Sandburg would call Chicago “Hog Butcher for the World.”

Twenty-First Annual UIUC Graduate Symposium on Women's and Gender History

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, History Department

  • 3/3/2023 8:00 AM - 3/4/2023 5:00 PM
  • Category: Events

The Twenty-First Annual UIUC Graduate Symposium on Women's and Gender History will be held on March 3 and 4, 2023, online and on the UIUC campus.


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