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historicalmarkerproject/markers/HM23AC_the-boulevard-system_Chicago-IL.html
Chicago's Boulevards are one of the city's most overlooked treasures, and one of the largest and oldest boulevard systems in the nation. The 28-mile system contains 540 acres of green space, and provides a link between seven inland parks and Lake …
historicalmarkerproject/markers/HM238N_logan-square-palmer-square_Chicago-IL.html
The section of the boulevard system north of Humboldt Park dates to the late 1870s, when the park first opened. As a result, this entire portion—present-day Kedzie and Logan boulevards and Logan and Palmer squares—originally was called…
historicalmarkerproject/markers/HM238M_the-chicago-public-library-cultural-center_Chicago-IL.html
This building was the first permanent structure of the city's public library system. Designed to be a grand civic building, its exterior appearance and its interior spaces are based on classical Greek and Italian Renaissance precedents. The librar…
historicalmarkerproject/markers/HM22KB_illini-supersweet-corn_Urbana-IL.html
Illini Supersweet Corn In 1953, John R. Laughnan discovered that kernels of mutant corn were "unusually sweet." Within eight years, Laughnan had developed the "Illini Supersweet" hybrid that revolutionized the sweet corn industry. Supersweet, now …
historicalmarkerproject/markers/HM22KA_anthropology-and-society_Urbana-IL.html
Anthropology and Society During the mid-twentieth century, two anthropologists made landmark contributions to their field. Julian H. Steward developed cultural ecology, a method for studying cultural change by analyzing the interaction of social l…
historicalmarkerproject/markers/HM20UD_mchenry-county-civil-war-monument-a-war-memorial_Woodstock-IL.html
Erected to the Soldiers 1861-1865
historicalmarkerproject/markers/HM202R_the-william-maxwell-boyhood-home_Lincoln-IL.html
William Maxwell (1908-2000), author and editor, lived in this home from 1910-1920. He often returned to this home and Lincoln in his novels and short stories. His Midwestern childhood, particularly his mother's death in the Spanish influenza epide…
historicalmarkerproject/markers/HM202Q_postville-park_Lincoln-IL.html
In 1835 Russell Post, a Baltimore adventurer, laid out the town of Postville which became the first Logan County seat. The town square is now Postville Park. Here Abraham Lincoln and his friends played townball a predecessor of baseball, threw the…
historicalmarkerproject/markers/HM2027_the-niebuhr-family-of-theologians_Lincoln-IL.html
The Niebuhr family, called "The Trapp Family of Theology" by Time magazine, produced four distinguished professors of Christian studies. In 1902, the Rev. Gustav and Lydia Niebuhr came to Lincoln, where he became pastor of St. John's Eva…
historicalmarkerproject/markers/HM2026_the-first-poem-by-langston-hughes_Lincoln-IL.html
This internationally known African-American author (1902-1967) acknowledges in his autobiography The Big Sea that he wrote his first poem while attending Central School here in Lincoln. Ethel Welch, his eighth grade teacher, asked him to write the…
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