Monday, July 13, 2020


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Board Meeting, July 18, 2020

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ISHS Board of Directors and Advisory Board meeting via Zoom
Date: Saturday, July 18
Time: 10 a.m.–12 p.m.

An agenda and call-in information for Zoom access codes is forthcoming.

St. Andrew’s Annual Summer Book Fair

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St. Andrew’s Annual Summer Book Fair will be held August 7-8, but with COVID considerations it will look very different. Since the Book Fairs are normally indoors and often crowded, the August sale will be by appointment only to limit the number of shoppers at any one time and it will have extended days/hours to accommodate all those interested in purchasing books.

St. Andrew’s Book Sale

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An outdoor book sale will be held at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church at 406 Hillsboro Avenue, Edwardsville on Friday, July 3, 7:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. on the lawn and parking lot at the back of the church. This limited book sale includes thousands of titles in the categories of mass market paperback fiction, children’s, cookbooks and gardening. Volunteers and customers are required to wear masks. Rain date: July 4. For information, call 618-656-1294.

2020 Best of Illinois History Awards

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Although we weren’t able to celebrate this year, we delight in honoring this year’s winners.

The postponement and eventual cancelation of the ISHS’s “Best of Illinois History Awards and Gala” was a disappointment for many of us, as it is the one time of year we get to celebrate the achievement of the people and organizations, publishers, writers, and exhibitors, who each year demonstrate the variety and depth of Prairie State history. We really enjoy meeting our friends and partners in history and thanking them for reawakening our passion for the past, but shutting the celebration down to keep us all safe from the pandemic seemed a wise choice.

It’s hard to believe we are already six months into the year and time to start thinking about the 2021 awards. Before we do that, let’s toast the winners and salute those who sent in the nominations that made this year’s awards possible.

Click the "Read More" button for the list of this year's Best of Illinois History Award winners.

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