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April, 2017

The Great War: World War I at Midway Village
Dates: Saturday, April 08, 2017 - Sunday, April 09, 2017

The Great War:  World War I at Midway Village Two Incredible Days of Military History Saturday, April 8 and Sunday, April 9, 2017 Midway Village Museum, 6799 Guilford Road, Rockford, IL Midway Village Museum will host the fifth annual, The Great War Event, a World War I military event featuring re-enactors portraying soldiers and civilians from the United States, France, Great Britain, Belgium, Russia, Germany and Austria-Hungary in the museum’s 13-acre Village this April, 2017. Visitors engage in history with the opportunity to walk near encampments and tour a reproduction three-bunker trench, talk to more than 220 re-enactors about life ...
Contact: Lonna L. Converso
Midway Village Museum

Rockford, IL

 

Category: Illinois

War and Suffrage: 1917, the year of Turmoil
Dates: Thursday, April 20, 2017 - Saturday, April 22, 2017

ISHS announces theme for 2017 Illinois History Symposium The 2017 Illinois History Symposium committee has announced the theme for its 2017 event: "War and Suffrage: 1917, the year of Turmoil." A general call for papers about Illinois's involvement in the war--battalions, regiments, units, and individuals, including soldiers, nurses, ambulance drivers, civilian support staff, and other aspects of the war (pacifism, peace coalitions, American-Germans and their trials)--, as well the topic of Woman Suffrage in in Illinois during the year 1917, will be considered. The Symposium will be held in Springfield at Lincoln Land Community College April 20-22, 2017. Send proposal ...
Contact: William Furry, Executive Director
Lincoln Land Community College

Springfield, IL

 

Category: Illinois

War and Suffrage: 1917, the year of Turmoil
Dates: Thursday, April 20, 2017 - Saturday, April 22, 2017

ISHS announces theme for 2017 Illinois History Symposium The 2017 Illinois History Symposium committee has announced the theme for its 2017 event: "War and Suffrage: 1917, the year of Turmoil." A general call for papers about Illinois's involvement in the war--battalions, regiments, units, and individuals, including soldiers, nurses, ambulance drivers, civilian support staff, and other aspects of the war (pacifism, peace coalitions, American-Germans and their trials)--, as well the topic of Woman Suffrage in in Illinois during the year 1917, will be considered. The Symposium will be held in Springfield at Lincoln Land Community College April 20-22, 2017. Send proposal ...
Contact: William Furry, Executive Director
Lincoln Land Community College

Springfield, IL

 

Category: Illinois

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OUR MISSION STATEMENT

Records compiled by the Office of the Adjutant General show that Illinois gave 351,153 men to the armed forces of the United States during the war, the third highest total number. To commemorate the centenary of our involvement in the Great War, the Illinois World War I Centennial Committee has a mission to:

ADVOCATE. Encourage other entities in Illinois to recognize the contributions of Illinois to the First World War.

EDUCATE. Develop tools to educate others about the contributions of Illinois to the First World War.

FACILITATE. Support other entities that are recognizing the contributions of Illinois to the First World War.

ELEVATE. Recognize and celebrate Illinois veterans and civilians for their sacrifices and contributions to the First World War.

PARTICIPATE Join other states in a national effort to recognize veterans and civilians for their sacrifices and contributions to the First World War throughout the United States.


ILLINOIS INSTITUTIONS IN THE GREAT WAR

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A growing number of institutions, companies, and universities are contributing their wartime stories for posterity. Learn more about them here.

 


PRITZKER MILITARY MUSEUM & LIBRARY
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Illinois is fortunate indeed to be the home of the Pritzker Military Museum & Library, whose commitment and sponsorship of Illinois and National World War One centenary commemoration efforts has been both tireless and unswerving.


PROCLAMATION ESTABLISHING THE COMMITTEE smCeremonial Proc WWI Centennial


On April 1, 2016, Governor Bruce Rauner issued a proclamation officially recognizing the Illinois World War One Centennial Committee