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5/10/1994

John Wayne Gacy is executed for murdering 33 young men and boys. He had been convicted of this crime spree in Chicago on March 12, 1980.

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Facebook LIVE! - A Conversation with the Author of the New Book Lincoln in Private

Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum

  • 5/6/2021 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Category: Events

You’re invited to join the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum (ALPLM) for a conversation with Ronald C. White about his new book Lincoln in Private.

 

Stone Mill Museum Historical Marker Dedication

Sandwich Historical Society and the Illinois State Historical Society

Join us on Satuarday,May 16, 2021, at 1:00 p.m. for the dedication of the Stone Mill Museum historical marker. The brief dedication will be followed by an open house and refreshments at the museum. The public is invited to attend the celebration.

Location:
Stone Mill Museum
315 E. Railroad Street
Sandwich, Illinois 60548 (Map)

 

Construction of Lake Springfield and Vachel Lindsay Bridge

Sangamon County Historical Society

  • 5/18/2021 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Category: Events

The construction of Lake Springfield and the Vachel Lindsay Bridge will the topic of the Sangamon County Historical Society’s video program on Tuesday, May 18, 2021.

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