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Manhattan Day at the Chicago World's Fair is marked with a program in Festival Hall in which the two metropolitan rivals declared a truce. Hundreds of New Yorker's crowded the Midway Plaisance and enjoyed a ride on that marvel that would become known as the Ferris Wheel.

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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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ALPLM Reading Club: Coraline

Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum

  • 10/26/2020 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
  • Category: Events

The ALPLM Reading Club invites you to read Neil Gaiman’s Coraline! Just in time for Halloween, our spooky selection for this month features creepy descriptions, heart pounding suspense, and (possibly) bone-chilling illustrations. If you’re interested in a thrill, a chill, and good conversation, join us for this discussion.

History Day Theme Kickoff

Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum

  • 10/17/2020 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Category: Events

Whether you’re a seasoned Illinois History Day veteran or a new teacher looking for fun ways to engage your students in historical thinking, this event is for you! Seeking to cultivate the growth and development of young historians, while also inspiring a love of history, Illinois History Day encourages students in 6th-12th grade to choose a topic, conduct research, and present their findings in one of five categories: Research Paper, Exhibit, Documentary, Performance, or Website.

Jr. Historians LIVE! Found it in the Archives

Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum

  • 10/20/2020 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
  • Category: Events

If you’re curious about the zany, weird, and downright awesome artifacts and documents the Presidential Library collects, then this exciting Junior Historians LIVE! event is for you. In this fun, talk show-style event, the Education Department will interview members of our Library staff as they showcase and share stories about their favorite items in our collection.


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