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An excursion train carrying over 500 passengers leaves Peoria for Niagara Falls on the Toledo, Peoria & Western Railroad. After passing through Chatsworth the train came upon an oak trestle bridge that had ignited from a fire set to burn dried grass away from the bridge and railway tracks. 85 people were killed in the Great Chatsworth Train Disaster.

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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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Little Lincoln’s (Virtual) Fireside Tales

Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum

  • 8/6/2020 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
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Join ALPLM’s Ms. Corinne and our Education Intern Miss Kaylee as they inspire our youngest visitors during this fun, “Art”-themed story time. If you’ve never participated in a Little Lincoln early learning program, we highlight 2-3 stories and engage children by singing songs and sharing activities. This event will be offered via Facebook Live; registration is not required.



Journey to Mollie's War: WACs and WWII (Virtual)

Chatham Area Public Library

  • 9/23/2020 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
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Discover the romantic and frightful journeys that members of the Women’s Army Corps (WACs) took during World War II. In this presentation, Cyndee Schafer traces the footsteps of her mother, Mollie Weinstein Schaffer, and her fellow WACs when they served in Europe during the Allied Powers’ remarkable invasion of Western Europe and Germany from 1944 to 1945.

Third Annual Lincolniana Gala: A VIRTUAL Evening with Harold Holzer

Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation and the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum

  • 10/13/2020 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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Third Annual Lincolniana Gala: A VIRTUAL Evening with Harold Holzer

The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation and theAbraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum cordially invite you to join us for our Virtual Lincolniana Gala featuring Lincoln Scholar Harold Holzer in conversation via Zoom with ALPLM Historian Christian McWhirter.


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