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The Korean War National Museum, located in Springfield, IL, will be hosting the...

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The Korean War National Museum, located in Springfield, IL, will be hosting the next installment of our 2015 Speaker Series on Saturday, June 20th at 2 pm. Attached is a press release about the event. We will be welcoming Darin Miller. Darin Miller has a deep interest World War II and Korean War history. In his free time he volunteers as a living historian at the Illinois State Military Museum and sits on the Illinois National Guard & Militia Historical Society board of directors. Darin also belongs to the Historic Reenactment Society based in Chicago and is a member of the 82nd Airborne 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment Reenactment group. Mr. Miller will discuss the various weapons the soldiers would have been equipped with on the battlefields of Korea. Including, but not limited to, M1 Garand, M1 Carbine, M1911 pistol, Browning Automatic Rifle (BAR), and the Thompson sub machine gun. Guests will have the chance to don white gloves and hold some of the demilitarized pieces talked about.

We are continually striving to engage the public in learning, and these events are a great opportunity for your audience to gain a better understanding of a time in world history that is often overlooked. I greatly appreciate your help in our continual effort to inform the public.

May 26, 2015 Dear Illinois Sesquicentennial Churches: Acclaim Press, in conjunct...

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May 26, 2015
Dear Illinois Sesquicentennial Churches:
Acclaim Press, in conjunction with the Illinois State Historical Society, is publishing a commemorative book honoring churches that have received the ISHS’s Sesquicentennial Church Award. Each award-winning church will have a full page containing their history and photos in this beautiful coffee table book. (See the
enclosed flyer). We want to make sure that your church is included in this historic publication, but we haven’t received a response to our mailing earlier this year requesting your history and photos.

Because we know that many of contact names and addresses from the previous mailing were out-of-date and the information got to the right person either late or not at all, we have extended the deadline for submissions to September 30, 2014. We want no church to be left out of this historic publication because they didn’t
receive their invitation or because they ran out of time.
Please submit a history of your church, up to 500 words, and two photos (we suggest one current and one historic). There is no charge for including your church’s history in the book. Your information will fill one book page entirely dedicated to your church. If you feel you need more than one page to adequately tell
your church’s story, you may purchase additional pages at $125/page and submit additional text and/or photos. Please see the sample history on the flyer for an idea of how your church’s history will look in the book.

You may submit your church history one of two ways:
1) By mail to the address below. Submit your text in typewritten form, double-spaced. Photos should be either high-quality copies or originals (we will return all original photos).
2) By e-mail to Text should be in a Word document; photos should be scanned at a minimum of 300 dpi and sent as TIFF or JPG attachments (do not embed photos into the Word document). Please submit your updated church history by September 30, 2014. Since many of you have been asking how you and your members can reserve copies of the book, we have created a fundraising program that will allow members to obtain copies of the book through the church while
allowing the church to raise funds to support your ministries. Details about this program are on the enclosed flyer. Please note that book orders are not required for your church to be included in this publication.

If you have any questions about the submission guidelines or any other aspect of this book, feel free to call me at (573)472-9800 or e-mail me. We look forward to the participation of your church in this important and historic publication.

ISHS Third Century Campaign receives gift from Herb and Thyra Russell Just as t...

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ISHS Third Century Campaign receives gift from Herb and Thyra Russell

Just as the Memorial Day Weekend began, the ISHS's Third Century Fund received a $2,500 donation from Herb and Thyra Russell of Carbondale, long-time supporters of the Society, its programs and publications. Herb is secretary and long-standing director of the ISHS; he is retired from John A. Logan Community College, where he served as PIO for many years. Thyra is a librarian and administrator at Morris Library on the campus of SIU-C. Herb is also the author of an award-winning biographer of Spoon River Anthology poet Edgar Lee Masters, as well as books about southern Illinois landscapes.
The Russells' gift will be put into the Third Century Fund for the Society's endowment.
Gifts of all sizes are welcome. To make a tax-deductible gift to the Illinois State Historical Society, call Tara Winter at 217-525-2781, ext. 3.

1,200 students compete for special awards, chance to move forward to National Hi...

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1,200 students compete for special awards, chance to move forward to National History Day

SPRINGFIELD – Dozens of Illinois students advanced to the National History Day competition after presenting research papers, exhibits, documentaries and more at the state’s annual History Expo, where Carbondale Middle School and teacher Betsy Brown were honored with the Governor’s Award for excellence in teaching history.

In addition, Chicago’s Decatur Classical School was named the National History Day Illinois School of the Year.

More than 20 students won special awards for their work on such topics as labor history, the courts and African-Americans in Illinois.

“These students demonstrated a tremendous amount of hard work and creativity,” said Gov. Bruce Rauner. “Their parents and teachers – and the whole state of Illinois, for that matter – should be proud of them.”

Approximately 1,200 students competed in the Illinois History Expo on May 7. They qualified for the state event by taking part in regional history fairs. Illinois began sponsoring a student history contest some 60 years ago. It began with research papers, and exhibits were added to the contest about 10 years later.

Today, students also display their creativity and knowledge of history by producing documentaries, building websites and creating original performances.

Students who researched qualifying topics and scored high enough at the Illinois History Expo now move on to the national competition, which begins June 14 just outside Washington, D.C.

"The History Expo proves that Illinois has wonderful students and a rich heritage. Put them together and you get truly impressive results," said Amy Martin, director of the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency.

The expo is presented by the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency in partnership with the Chicago Metro History Education Center. Photos are available via Dropbox at

The special awards and the winners are:

Abraham Lincoln Association Award:

- Amoroso Parker, Quest Academy, Palatine, for the research paper “Abraham Lincoln: How His Leadership and Ingenuity Led to the Emancipation Proclamation and the Legacy of a Free America.”

Elijah Lovejoy Award, Illinois Press Association:

- Lydia Taylor, Belleville West High School, Belleville, for the research paper “The Influence of Muckrakers in Illinois.”

Governor's Award:

- Carbondale Middle School, Carbondale

National History Day Illinois School of the Year:

- Decatur Classical School, Chicago

Margaret Anne Petty Genealogical/Family History Award:

- Katie Steimel, St. Mary Catholic School, DeKalb, for the website “Making Pianos in DeKalb: How One Factory Influenced a City and an Industry”

Illinois and Michigan Canal Award:

- Oscar Serratos, Oglesby Washington School, Oglesby, for the exhibit “The I & M Canal Changing History

Illinois Labor History Society Award:

- Olivia Fergus Brummer, Lane Tech Academic Center, Chicago, for a performance of “The Most Dangerous Women In America: Why the Leadership and Legacy of Mother Jones Sparked a Labor Rights Revolution”

- Steven Li, Thomas Schluckbier and Rajat Mittal, Mead Junior High School, Elk Grove V

The Not So Sweet History of Sugar Presented by Andrew F. Smith Author/Editor...

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The Not So Sweet History of Sugar

Presented by Andrew F. Smith

Saturday, June 20, 2015

10 a.m. to Noon
Kendall College, School of Culinary Arts
900 N. North Branch Street, Chicago
(Located just north of W. Chicago Ave. at N. Halsted St.)
Free Parking (north parking lot across the street, but not in front, please!)

Sugar has been on our minds for millennia. First cultivated in New Guinea around ten thousand years ago, and extremely expensive until the Industrial Revolution, this addictive sweetener has come to dominate our appetites-whether in candy, desserts, soft drinks, processed food, or even pasta sauces. Sugar's past is chock-full of determined adventurers: relentless sugar barons and plantation owners who worked alongside plant breeders, food processors, distributors, and politicians to build a business based on our cravings. In both the sugarcane and sugar beet industries, men have made fortunes and met their demise, all because of sugar's simple but profound hold on our palettes. Andrew F. Smith will discuss the history of this simultaneously beloved and reviled ingredient, holding its incredible value as a global commodity up against its darker legacies of slavery and health issues, including obesity and diabetes.

Biography: Andrew F. Smith, a frequent speaker for the Culinary Historians of Chicago, is the author or editor of twenty-six books, including his latest Sugar: A Global History (Reaktion, April 2015). He serves as the editor for the "Edible Series" and the "Food Controversies Series" at Reaktion Books in the United Kingdom. Mr. Smith was also the editor of The Oxford Encyclopedia of Food and Drink in America. He has written more than five hundred articles in academic journals, popular magazines and newspapers, and has served as a consultant to several television series, including the recent six-episode series, "Eat: The Story of Food," that aired on the National Geographic Channel in the fall of 2014. For more about him, visit his website:

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Cost of the program is $5, $3 for students and no charge for CHC members and Kendall students and faculty.

Andrew F. Smith
Andrew F. Smith writes books about food and food history.
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