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Illinois State Society

Founded in 1854, the Illinois State Society of Washington, DC is the oldest of the state societies. Abraham Lincoln was reported to have been a member. The Society is an active member of the National Conference of State Societies. The Illinois State Society’s mission is to promote the history, culture, science, technology, commerce, and social traditions of Illinois. It also makes an effort to introduce members of the best of Washington and Illinois through various educational forums and social events. We hope you will join us.

Coming ISS Events

For immediate Action


2016 Junior Cherry Blossom Princess Program

The Junior Cherry Blossom Princess Program is a cultural program and celebration for young women ages 5 to 16 years old held each year in Washington, DC during the National Cherry Blossom Festival©. Throughout one week of the Festival, Junior Cherry Blossom Princesses have the opportunity to participate in a variety of cultural and social events celebrating the unique and enduring friendship between the United States and Japan.   Follow the link below to find out what your daughter/sister/niece needs to know if interested.


Junior Cherry Blossom Princess Program


The deadline is 1 March, but the cap is 50. It is first come first served!


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Annual Black History Month Lecture


The U.S. Capitol Historical Society is pleased to announce that the annual Black History Month lecture will feature a panel of speakers discussing black congressmen of the Reconstruction Era, especially Senator Blanche K. Bruce. Bruce was the second black Senator and the first to be elected to a full term. Co-sponsors include the Senate Historical Office and the Illinois State Society.

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The panelists and their specific topics are:

Matthew Wasniewski, Historian of the House of Representatives “Black Congressmen of the Reconstruction Era”

Betty K. Koed, Senate Historian: “The Senate Career of Blanche K. Bruce”

Melinda Smith, Senate Curator: “Artist Simmie Knox and the Senate’s Portrait of Blanche K. Bruce”

TIME & DATE: Wednesday, February 17 Noon to 1 PM LOCATION: Room 385 of the Russell Senate Office Building in Washington, DC. ADMISSION: This event is free and open to the public. Pre-registration is encouraged.

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Still looking for more items on Lincoln?   Click the link below “Why Lincoln Still Matters” to find out more and to make your reservation

Why Lincoln Still Matters

Why Lincoln Still Matters

Follow the link to the National Archives for additional information

and to make your reservation.



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Illinois State Society of Washington DC

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Alexandria, VA 22304







Illinois State Society (ISS) awarded 24 scholarship to this years Congressional interns  and honored them at a reception in the Rayburn House Office Building on July 29, 2015. ISS Intern Scholarships assist students from Illinois in offsetting the cost of a summer internship in the offices of the Illinois Congressional Delegation in Washington, DC.   Four named scholarships were given in honor of deceased ISS members who contributed to the success of the Society.


For pictures and a list of the awardees, click on this link.


Founded in 1854, the Illinois State Society of Washington, DC is a 501(c)(4) membership organization whose purpose is to promote the history, culture, education, science, technology, commerce, and social traditions of Illinois. The Society is a multi-generational organization with a rich history of non-political and non-partisan activities and programs. It is often called the “103rd County of Illinois.”


“The Society’s goal is to make available for everyone the opportunity of being a summer intern in Washington, DC on “Capitol Hill” or with a nonprofit organization. Interning should not be just for the wealthy,” stated Terry T. Campo, President of the Illinois State Society.   The ISS Congressional Scholarships are awarded based on academic record, recommendations from members of Congress or staff, personal statements, and financial need. The Society has granted more than $140,000.00 in scholarships in the past 13 years. This year, 24 scholarships were awarded for a total of nearly $20,000.



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Actor Stephen Lang Read Lincoln’s Immortal Inaugural Address 

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The Illinois State Society (ISS) and the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Foundation (ALBF) co-sponsored an official ceremony and reception in Statuary Hall of the United States Capitol on Wednesday, March 4, 2015, to commemorate the150th anniversary of the Second Inauguration of President Abraham Lincoln. More ….



Fall Fiesta

Wreath Laying to Honor President Ronald W. Reagan


Illinois History Page

The Hon. Mark Q. Rhoads

Mark Rhoads, former Illinois State Senator and Past President of the ISS, has posted fascinating Illinois tidbits in his “Hall of Fame” blog. Follow his captivating trail of Illinois history, links, and other subject categories. Please Click Here to see our Illinois History Page.

To play Video of Dramatic Monologues from the “Land of Lincoln – Thy Wondrous Story,” the Annual Meeting entertainment, click here.

For more information, follow Mark’s History Page.

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