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Bartonville in Peoria County is incorporated as a village. It was founded in 1881 on land owned by William C. H. Barton.

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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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Historical Marker Dedication—Robert Prager Lynching Site

Prager Memorial Committee and the Illinois State Historical Society

An historical marker noting the location of the Robert Prager lynching in 1918 will be dedicated at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 13, 2020 at the entrance to St. John Cemetery, St. Louis Road at National Terrace, Collinsville.

Junior Historians Live!: “So You Wanna Work in a Museum?!?” Round Table

Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum

  • 6/25/2020 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
  • Category: Events

Calling all Junior Historians and young museum lovers! If you've ever thought you wanted to work in a museum, this event is for you. Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum needs a variety of professional positions to function, ranging from historians, to exhibit designers, to librarians, to educators, to actors, to facilities and maintenance crews, to conservationists, and so much more.

Little Lincolns Fireside Tales (Virtual)

Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum

  • 6/23/2020 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
  • Category: Events

Little Lincoln’s (Virtual) Fireside Tales invites children 0 to 5 years old (Pre-K) to share in an exciting virtual story time, hosted via Zoom, with the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum Education staff and special visitors.

This month, our theme is the wonderful world of “Bugs!”


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