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Best of Illinois History Awards and Annual Meeting Luncheon

Illinois State Historical Society

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On Saturday, April 20th, 2024, the Illinois State Historical Society will host the 2024 ISHS “Best of Illinois History” awards, which recognizes outstanding contributions to Illinois history in the previous calendar year. This year’s Annual Meeting and Awards Luncheon is scheduled for 11:30 a.m., on Saturday, April 20, 2024, at the Hoogland Center for the Arts in Springfield, 420 South Sixth Street, The price to ISHS members for this luncheon buffet is $50 per person, $60 for non-members. Please make your reservations early as seating is limited. Reservation deadline is April 8th.

Paid parking for the event will be at the city parking ramp immediately to the north of the Hoogland Center, and free but limited on-street parking is available up and down Fifth and Sixth streets.

For more information or to make a reservation, please call the office at 217-525-2781, ext. #2.

When: Saturday, April 20, 2024
Time: 11:30 a.m.
Location: Hoogland Center for the Arts
420 South Sixth Street
Springfield IL 62701 (Map)

 

 

The Mysterious Bard of Sangamo: Early Illinois poet brought to life in new video production

Illinois State Historical Society

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John Hancock, a well-traveled, heart-broken poet, arrived in Springfield in the summer of 1831. His journey began in Cornwall, England, in the late 18th century, with stops in Italy, France, London (where he studied law), and Canada before his arrival in the Sangamo Country, where he secured a job selling whisky and sundries in Jacob Capps’ Grocery. According to ISHS director John Hallwas, professor emeritus of history and English at Western Illinois University and a Medievalist who has written more than 20 books about Illinois history and culture, Hancock was the finest poet in the Midwest in the 1830s, a writer of exceptional depth who wanted to capture the Prairie experience in verse. He succeeded admirably. Hallwas’ book, The Poetry of H: Lost Poet of Lincoln’s Springfield (Ellis Press, 1982), is the basis for his new play, The Mysterious Bard of Sangamo, which was recorded this past summer.

Illinois History Symposium

Co-sponsored by the Illinois State Historical Society and the UIS Alumni SAGE Society

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On Tuesday, December 3, the Illinois State Historical Society hosts its annual Illinois History Symposium, in conjunction with a UIS "Lunch and Learn" program. Join us for one or all of the Symposium sessions. Morning and afternoon presentations are free to attend with complimentary snack refreshments. The Lunch and Learn program is $23/person and requires a reservation.  

2019 Illinois Centennial Awards winners honored at ISHS luncheon in Jacksonville

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On Saturday, September 14, the Illinois State Historical Society hosted its 35th annual Centennial Business Awards luncheon, this time at Jacksonville's Hamilton's Catering and banquet hall facility. The venue was most appropriate: "Doc" Hamilton started his business in 1913. This year more than 35 applicants sought Centennial status with the Society, and each received a Centennial certificate and a seat at the table.

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