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Ground is broken at the Chicago Botanical Garden. By the next summer a drainage system had been completed to carry effluent from the Lake County sewage-treatment plant the distance of one mile to an aqueduct providing clean water for the garden.
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Care about Illinois history enough to make a solid (bronze) commitment to the Illinois State Historical Society? Donors of $2500 or more will receive "The Conversation," a limited (25 total made) edition casting of a new statuette by renowned Lincoln sculptor John McClarey on the theme of the first conversation at the White House between Frederick Douglass and President Lincoln, which took place on August 10, 1863. This is truly a wonderful keepsake and a statement about the power of listening in a world drowning in noise. Call or email today to donate and own a piece of history.
The George Washington Carver Community Center is officially an historic site. Join us as we celebrate the unveiling of the official ISHS historical marker and view the new childcare center and programs.
Chart the little-known exploits of Father Jacques Marquette and fur trader Louis Jolliet as they explore the path of the Mississippi River.
Thursday, December 7 | Lake Springfield and Illinois Stories
Author Curtis Mann and Award-winning Media Writer & Producer Mark McDonald
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Echoes of Yesteryear: A Walk Through Oak Ridge Cemetery
History comes alive as actors dressed in period costumes share thepersonal stories of eight individuals who made significant contributionsto our community and are buried at Oak Ridge Cemetery
Mourning Moore Tours
From October 1st through October 31st, during museum hours, the historic house will be staged as if the Moore household is in mourning and preparing for a funeral. Artifacts, garments, photographs, jewelry, and an array of other items related to Victorian era mourning etiquette, rituals, and customs will also be displayed throughout the house.
A House That Made History: The Illinois Governor's Mansion, Legacy of an Architectural Treasure
The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum is proud to welcome Illinois’ First Lady, MK Pritzker, to our Union Theater on Wednesday, October 4, 2023, as she discusses the unique history of the largest and third oldest governor’s mansion in the United States. Link
25th Annual Conference on Illinois History
The 25th Conference on Illinois History is an annual conference hosted by the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, highlighting the research of any aspect of Illinois’s history, culture, politics, geography, or archaeology.
2023 Beaumont Endowed Lincoln Legacy Lecture Abraham Lincoln and Digital Humanities
Christopher Oakley and Michelle A. Krowl will explore how interdisciplinary research and the digital humanities advance our understanding of Abraham Lincoln’s life and legacy. Krowl, the curator of the Abraham Lincoln Papers at the Library of Congress, has experienced first-hand the impact of digitization on the preservation and use of library collections. Oakley leads "The Virtual Lincoln Project" at the University of North Carolina Asheville, where he and his students created a realistic, digital representation of Abraham Lincoln delivering the Gettysburg Address. Oakley’s lecture explores the digital methods that helped him locate the precise location where Lincoln delivered his famous speech in Gettysburg.
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