Wednesday, February 26, 2020



Civil War Saturday: Meet the Ladies' Soldiers' Aid Society

Illinois Historic Preservation Agency and the Springfield Soldiers' Aid Society

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Join us for this fun, family-friendly program hosted by the Springfield Soldiers' Aid Society. Volunteers in historic attire will help those attending learn about the women who worked in the Old State Capitol during the Civil War and experience history by trying crafts that were popular in that era.  All supplies are provided.

Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society

Winter 2019, Vol. 112, No. 4

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We close 2019 with three outstanding scholarly contributions to Illinois history. In “Getting to ‘Lake Michigan’: a 350-year Onomastic Odyssey,” Michael McCafferty, a linguist at Indiana University Bloomington, explores the origins of the placename, “Michigan.” While popular translations have long affixed the meaning “big water” to the placename “Michigan,” McCafferty finds that this myth is not supported in the linguistic evidence.

In “A Writer of More Than Usual Charm: The Dynamic Influence of Dr. Milo Milton Quaife and Harriet Martineau on Juliette Magill Kinzie’s Contributions to American Frontier Literature,” literary historian Franklin E. Court traces Quaife’s influence in both elevating Kinzie to, and preserving her place in, the canon of early nineteenth century American frontier literature.

In “Sorrow Comes to All: Bloomington, Illinois’s Demonstration of Community Participation in Civil War Grief,” Megan VanGorder explores the rituals and practices surrounding death and grief in the Civil War.

Casting a Historic Vote: Suffrage in Illinois

Chatham Area Public Library

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The struggle for enfranchisement began with the birth of our nation and was strategized differently in our local, state, and federal elections. Jeanne Schulz Angel will explain the paths walked by female leaders in our state. She will show how the diverse group of activists fought against sexism and racism and for the right to vote. 

Wilmette Historical Museum Celebrates Pioneering Women

Wilmette Historical Museum

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The Wilmette Historical Museum kicks off Women’s History Month with an exhibit opening and lecture. Stop by from 1-2 p.m. for a free reception and to explore the new exhibit “Wilmette Women Breaking the Glass Ceiling” which highlights some of Wilmette’s most accomplished residents, women who rose to prominence in their chosen fields in the last several decades. 

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.  

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