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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ISHS Meeting of the Board of Directors and Advisory Board will be held on Tuesday, December 3, 2019.
Time: 3:45 p.m. or immediately after the conclusion of the Illinois History Symposium
University of Illinois Springfield
Student Union, 3rd Floor
2251 Richard Wright Drive
Springfield, IL (Map)
Minutes of the September 14, 2019 Board Meeting
Assets Management Committee Report
Historical Markers Committee Report
Web Site Maintenance Report
The Illinois State Historical Society is seeking a few good people to serve on its Board of Directors and Advisory Board.
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Celebrate the Legacy of Martin Luther King
The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum will once again honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr with a daylong celebration of the iconic civil rights leader.
Chicago 1919: Confronting the Race Riots in the Past and Present
The Chicago Race Riots of 1919 were the most violent week in the city's history. What happened, and why? Join us for a conversation with D. Bradford Hunt, Chicago historian and Vice President for Research and Academic Programs at the Newberry Library, about this poorly understood and often forgotten moment in Chicago's history.
How To Use The Library Workshop
Are you curious about researching at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library, but not sure where to begin? Join us for an informative session at which you will learn all about the library including the types of resources available and what to expect during a research visit.
Celebrate Black History Month with Illinois State Treasurer Michael W. Frerichs
We cordially invite you to our Chicago event on Wednesday, February 5 from noon to 1 p.m. on the concourse level of the James R. Thompson Center. All are welcome. Awardees and speakers to be announced.
Lincoln’s Assassination and its Consequences
Prominent abolitionist Frederick Douglass gave a series of speeches in Illinois in the aftermath of President Lincoln’s assassination that ask timely questions about the direction the Nation will take into the Reconstruction Period. Many of those questions remain relevant decades later in a compelling presentation and discussion with historical reenactor Bob Davis.
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