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The Belleville News-Democrat ran an article about efforts to locate Fort Russell, a War of 1812-era military outpost that was supposedly located near Edwardsville.To tie in with the forthcoming presidential election, the Chicago Tribune presented an examination of one of their most infamous election predictions: the 1948 "Dewey Defeats Truman" headline.The Cambridge Chronicle took...

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voices-from-woodlawn-s-past-by-bejamin-belzerThe Farm Hand By Benjamin Belzer I wouldn't trade bein' a cowboy on the Huffaker farm for anything in the world. I sure do see a lot of...
the-front-door-and-the-back-cellarThe Front Door By Ben Belzer My father's farm is one of the oldest in the town of Jacksonville, Illinois and it has many stories surrounding it. My...
Historic Illinois hosted a round table with more than 20 participants from several museums in Northwestern Illinois. Everyone was asked to bring an historic object and...
The Atlantic shared a wealth of photos depicting Chicago's African-American community during the 1970s.The Springfield State Journal-Register spotlighted Springfield's Civil War focused G.A.R. Memorial Museum.The Belleville...
The Quad Cities Times discussed the research work surrounding the life of Irma Koen, a long forgotten early 20th century artist who originally hailed from Rock...
The Springfield State Journal-Register used a discussion of a state museum exhibit to highlight the history of the infamous Tri-State tornado of 1925, which resulted in...
The Mattoon Journal Gazette-Times Courier discussed a recent re-enactment of one of Abraham Lincoln's most notable legal defeats.CNET visited the Argonne National Laboratory in order to...
The Peoria Journal Star took a look at the role that Illinois troops had during the Battle of Gettysburg.The Springfield State Journal-Register featured a story on...
The New York Times eulogized Bernard Sahlins, one of the founders of Chicago's historic Second City theater troupe.WBEZ reminisced about Orson Welles' brief tenure producing plays...
WBEZ profiled Lone Ranger actor Clayton Moore and his connections to the city of Chicago.The Atlantic ran a piece discussing some of the criticism that Abraham...
WBEZ discussed the beginnings of the Internal Revenue Service's case against Chicago based gangster Al Capone.The Galesburg Register Mail probed into the history of Knox College...
The Chicago Tribune focused on Camp Douglas, a Civil War-era prisoner of war camp that was located in what was then considered the southern edge of...
KSDK discussed some of the city of Alton's most notable historical milestones, including its Underground Railroad history and time as the site of one of the...
WBEZ profiled Edith Cummings, a Chicago based golfer of the 1920s famed as the first female athlete (and first golfer) to be featured on the cover...
WGN spotlighted the current status of the former Cook County Hospital and the Brach's Candy Factory, two notable abandoned historic buildings located within the city of...
The Springfield State Journal-Register documented efforts to establish a grave marker for Lewis Martin, a former slave who fought for the Union during the Civil War...
landmarks-illinois-releases-2013-most-endangered-listA notable Peoria theater, the one-time home of a musical icon and a historically important orphanage are among the structures to be highlighted by a prominent...
The Chicago Tribune reminisced about Jackie Robinson's first baseball game in Chicago, which took place on May 18, 1947.To coincide with a recent central Illinois flood,...
If passed, a new legislative proposal, presently under discussion by the Illinois state assembly, could result in higher fines for anyone caught vandalizing a historic site.   According...
Art & Society examined the legacy of Peoria born comedian Richard Pryor while profiling local efforts to memorialize him.The Examiner discussed Galena's celebration of former Galena...
WUIS took a look at how the recent sequestration has affected state historic sites such as the the Abraham Lincoln Home in Springfield.The Kewanee Star Courier...
A kayaker's discovery has prompted the beginnings of a historical investigation.According to the Bloomington Pantagraph, nearly 150 fragments, possibly skeletal remains, were found on the shore...
The Chicago Tribune provided a rundown of the numerous community historical societies in and near the greater Chicago area.The Lincoln Courier recalled the World War II-era...
The Champaign News-Gazette pointed readers to the Illinois Civil War 150 web site, a new website dedicated to commemorating the Civil War's sesquicentennial and its connection...
The Peoria Journal Star discussed the Chillicothe Historical Society and their efforts to commemorate former Chillicothe resident and Zorro creator Johnston McCulley.The Galesburg Register-Mail profiled members...
A new museum dedicated to memorializing the work of Chicago's African-American firefighters is set to open next year.According to DNAinfo, the Chicago African-American Firefighter Museum, which...
Stltoday took a trip along the historic I&M Canal, which runs from LaSalle to Chicago, discussing its history along the way.WBEZ talked about Dr. Bernard Fantus...
A prominent Chicago preservation group recently issued its newest list of the most endangered buildings in the city.According to the Chicago Tribune, Preservation Chicago, which has...
In time for the anniversary of Chicago's incorporation as a city, WBEZ profiled William Ogden, Chicago's first mayor.The Belleville News-Democrat featured a story about a public...
The Chicago Reader told the stories of numerous shipwrecked vessels along Lake Michigan in Chicago.The Bloomington Pantagraph discussed a 1921-era statewide manhunt and how it came...
lincoln-site-could-be-affected-by-federal-cutsThe possible sequestration cuts, set to go into effect on March 1st, will impact a wide number of public institutions, including one well known Springfield historic...
The Peoria Journal Star took a look at Wyatt Earp's not so lawful days as a Peoria resident.KHQA discussed Quincy's anti-slavery society, which began in the...
Tying into a recent meteor explosion over Russia, the Belleville News Democrat reminisced about a meteor that exploded over southern Illinois in 1927.Chicago Magazine ran a...
prentice-preservationists-drop-lawsuitThe legal battle to preserve a distinctive Chicago building came to an end on Thursday.The Chicago Tribune reports that Landmarks Illinois and the National Trust for...
Today marks Abraham Lincoln's 204th birthday. To commemorate it, we have put together a special mini-roundup of a few of the Lincoln related stories that have...
The Springfield State Journal-Register memorialized a recently destroyed Springfield residence and the stature of one of its residents in the history of boxing.The Quad-City Times discussed...
historic-bridge-offered-for-free-by-idotAny group interested in obtaining a half-mile stretch of local history can have it for free.The Mason City Globe Gazette reports that the Illinois Department of...
prentice-landmark-status-denied-a-second-timeThe Bertrand Goldberg-designed Prentice Women's Hospital had a second shot at landmark designation and was again denied.The Chicago Tribune reports that the Commission on Chicago Landmarks,...
lincoln-heritage-museum-to-relocateOne of Illinois' more notable repositories of Abraham Lincoln information and memorabilia is planning for an upgrade.The Springfield State Journal-Register reports that the Lincoln Heritage Museum,...
Stltoday took a look at a study that aims to examine a number of ancient Mississippian sites in Illinois and Missouri.Medill Reports examines the Chicago River...
black-hawk-statue-restoration-reaches-funding-milestonePreservationists working to restore a massive Lorado Taft sculpture announced that they are one step closer to restoring the work.The Ogle County News reports that the...
pittsfield-theatre-added-to-national-register-of-historic-placesThe Zoe Preservation Society, who have worked to have Pittsfield's Zoe Theatre nationally recognized saw their efforts pay off.The Quincy Herald-Whig reports that the 61-year-old theatre...
A number of local historic preservation projects are getting a boost thanks to a federal grant.WIFR reports that Illinois Governor Pat Quinn announced late last week...
The Galesburg Register-Mail recalled the mid 50s activities of the Galesburg Exchange as they attempted to clean up the streets by removing comic books from area...
former-muddy-waters-home-deemed-structurally-unsoundA home formerly belonging to Muddy Waters, long renowned as one of Chicago's most important electric blues musicians, was recently classified as an unsafe property.According to...
lincoln-museum-to-display-iconic-stovepipe-hatOne of the defining aspects of Abraham Lincoln's public image was his stovepipe hat. Beginning this Wednesday, Springfield visitors will be able to get an up...
The Chicago Tribune memorialized the North Shore railroad, a now-defunct rail line that ran between Chicago and Milwaukee, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of its closing.Smithsonian...
prentice-hospital-preservationists-given-more-timePreservationists working to save Chicago's Prentice Women's Hospital were given both good and bad news on Friday.WBEZ reports that a lawsuit, filed by the National Trust...
WBEZ's history column profiled a Chicago home that served as the final hideout for one of the key conspirator's in former President William McKinley's murder.The Alton...
lincoln-picks-up-multiple-oscar-nodsThis year's crop of Academy Award nominations is headed by a film about a figure all too familiar to Illinois history.NBC Chicago reports that Steven Spielberg's...

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