Wednesday, August 12, 2020


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Bicentennial Bash: Happy 200th Birthday, Illinois!

Crystal Lake Historical Society, Inc.

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Join us on February 11 at 1:00 P.M. for our 2018 Annual Meeting when we will celebrate Illinois’ 200th Birthday! A birthday this big cannot go uncelebrated! HFK Presents, featuring Terry and Laura Lynch, will discuss everything from Illinois’ early years, historical happenings and famous Illinoisans. Terry Lynch is a nationally known actor who specializes in historical portrayal. Along with his wife Laura, an educator for 20 years, they combine to bring history alive. It’s gonna be a party!

An Evening with Abraham Lincoln

Monee Historical Society

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The Monee Historical Society is pleased to welcome Mark Zumhagen, a part of the Monee community since 2005, to the stage to present readings of some of Abraham Lincoln’s most famous speeches and witty remarks. Mark is a family physician in Orland Park, whose interest in Abraham Lincoln began ten years ago when he gave the Gettysburg Address at his children’s school. Mark bears an uncanny resemblance to Illinois’ favorite son and has portrayed Lincoln for many audiences.

Genealogy 101: How to Do It and Where to Look

Macon County History Museum

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Join us on May 19 as we welcome guest speaker Cheri Hunter, president and librarian for the Decatur Genealogical Society, who will present her program "Genealogy 101: Where to Do It and Where to Look." Having started doing her genealogy in 1974, she has been helping people at the Decatur Genealogical Society Library for most of the time since then. Research has certainly changed in that time span and in some ways is much easier and in some ways more difficult.

Base Ball Comes to Decatur presented by Bob Sampson

Macon County History Museum

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Join us on April 21 as we welcome guest speaker Bob Sampson who will present his program "Base Ball Comes to Decatur." Imagine a baseball field with a stream running through the outfield, a literal water hazard for ballplayers or a large crowd watching a game near the junction of Decatur’s two busiest railroads. If you can’t, Millikin University’s Dr. Bob Sampson of the Department of History and Political Science will explain this and more, including why the game was spelled as two words.

The History of Illinois presented by Tom Emery

Macon County History Museum

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Join us on April 14 as we welcome guest speaker Tom Emery who will present his program "The History of Illinois." The state of Illinois has a rich and varied history that is understood by few today. From its acceptance to the Union in 1818, Illinois history spans the days of Native American habitat and European settlement, to its political giants such as Lincoln and Douglas and its economic impact on the nation.
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