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1/20/1970

Kaskaskia Island, site of the state's first capital, is declared to be part of Illinois by the U.S. Supreme Court.

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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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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.

Lunch and Learn Series: Architecture of Place and Sound

ISHS and UIS Alumni Society

David Finnigan, author and SIU architectural graduate student, will speak on his book Inside Allerton and his research of Allerton Park, the elegant Monticello estate filled with rich history, surprising stories, formal gardens and woodland trails.

Dr. Paula Pugh Romanaux, professional musician, recording artist, educator and writer, will discuss her research Andrew Carnegie’s Organ Benefactions to Illinois and the World and his larger influence on the world of music.

Lunch and Learn Series: Mysteries of the Past

ISHS and UIS Alumni SAGE Society

UIS student Katie Brethorst ’20 LAS will discuss her experience as an intern helping to unearth important historical artifacts from the site of the 1908 Springfield Race Riot, located along the 10th Street railroad tracks and Madison Street in Springfield.

William Iseminger, archaeologist, author and retired assistant site manager of the Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site, will discuss the prehistoric mysteries of the largest, most complex archaeological site north of Mexico, considered America’s first city.

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