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Today in history


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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"The Conversation"

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.




Latest News

George Washington Carver Community Center Historical Marker Dedication

George Washington Carver Community Center and the Illinois State Historical Society

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.

Jolliet and Marquette: A New History of the 1673 Expedition (ZOOM Presentation)

Fountaindale Public Library and the Illinois State Historical Society

Chart the little-known exploits of Father Jacques Marquette and fur trader Louis Jolliet as they explore the path of the Mississippi River.

Fall Lunch & Learn Series: Lake Springfield and Illinois Stories

UIS Alumni SAGE Society & Illinois State Historical Society

Thursday, December 7 | Lake Springfield and Illinois Stories Author Curtis Mann and Award-winning Media Writer & Producer Mark McDonald


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