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4/5/1940

St. Anthony's Hospital in Effingham burns, killing 77 people. The building was sixty years old.

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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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POSTPONED-SAVE THE DATE: Best of Illinois History Awards Gala

Theme: A Night at the Speakeasy

Come dolled up and dapper in your vintage 1920s finery or evening cocktail party attire for a seriously fun time!

The event will include cocktails and hors d'oeuvres, live entertainment, wine pull, and the Annual Awards presentation recognizing indivuals, groups, and oranizations that have furthered the collection, preservation, and interpretation of Illinois history.

**POSTPONED** 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, April 4 at the entrance to St. John Cemetery, St. Louis Road at National Terrace, Collinsville.

**CANCELLED** Lunch and Learn Series: Historic Settlements

ISHS and UIS Alumni Society

Preservationists Jane and Jesse Boehler will speak on preservation of historic Clayville, Illinois, a mid-1800s settlement that provided nourishment, spirits and overnight accommodations for people and horses travelling the American frontier.

Kim Orth, Executive Director, Nauvoo Tourism Office, will discuss “the other Nauvoo” and its complex history as the “Beautiful Place” settled by Mormons, inhabited by Icarians (French-based Utopian socialist movement) and growth as a regional grape cultivation and wine-making center.

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