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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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 Coming ISS Events

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FEBRUARY 5: BLACK HISTORY MONTH THURSDAY 12 NOON

 

 

FEBRUARY 6   WREATH LAYING AT THE REAGAN STATUE FRIDAY 10:00 AM

 

 

FEBRUARY 8   THE WIDOW LINCOLN SUNDAY 2:00 PM  

 

 

FEBRUARY 12 WREATH LAYING HONORING ABRAHAM LINCOLN THURSDAY 11:00 AM

 

 DETAILS BELOW

 

February 5, 2015

BLACK HISTORY MONTH

Ketchum Hall in the VFW Building.

200 Maryland Avenue, NE

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

 

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At noon on Thursday, February 5, 2015, the Illinois State Society will join with the U.S. Capitol Historical Society in cosponsoring a “free and open to the general public” author-talk by Northwestern University Associate Professor Kate Masur on her well-received 2010 book An Example for All the Land:  Emancipation and the Struggle over Equality in Washington, DC.
The talk will take place in Ketchum Hall in the VFW Building at 200 Maryland Avenue, NE, on Capitol Hill.
From the back of the book jacket:
“An Example for all the Land, clearly argued and deeply researched, represents a significant breakthrough in the crowded field of Reconstruction scholarship.  Showing how Washington, D.C., became a laboratory for political experimentation, Masur reveals important new facets of the process of emancipation, the fight for racial justice, and the reconstruction of democracy for All Americans” – Laura F. Edwards.
Professor Masur holds a 2001 PhD from the University of Michigan. On January 2, 2015, the Washington Post published her feature on African Americans breaking barriers in attending the New Year’s Day 1865 White House open house: http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/new-years-in-the-lincoln-white-house/2015/01/01/4a5d541e-9074-11e4-a412-4b735edc7175_story.html

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February 6, 2015

WREATH LAYING AT THE REAGAN STATUE

Friday, 10:00 AM 

RONALD REAGAN WASHINGTON NATIONAL AIRPORT

 
 
Meet no later than 10:15 AM in the Historic Lobby of Terminal A. Once we have critical mass, we will be escorted  to the statue to place the wreath and take photos.  There is no charge for this event.  Take Metro and walk to Terminal A or park in short-term parking. 
 
The Illinois State Society will honor President Ronald W. Reagan by placing a wreath at his statue.  Reagan, one of four US Presidents from Illinois, was born in Tampico, raised in Dixon, and graduated from Eureka College, in Eureka.  
Those interested in participating in this ceremony should meet in the Historic Lobby of Terminal A at 10:00 AM and look for the ISS group.  We will be escorted to the Reagan statue and wreath-laying site.     
To RSVP please send an email including the number and names in your party and your phone number to IllinoisStateSocietyDC@verizon.net.  ISS will notify you of any changes and will provide the Washington Area Metropolitan Airport's Authority a count of attendees for security and safety reasons.

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February 8, 2015

THE WIDOW LINCOLN

SUNDAY, 2:00 PM

FORD'S THEATRE

511 TENTH STREET, NW WASHINGTON, DC 20004

Ridiculed and disdained for her perceived sense of entitlement, Mary Lincoln sparked more controversy than any First Lady before or since. Set during the weeks following Abraham Lincoln's assassination at Ford's Theatre, The Widow Lincoln portrays a very human Mary in the aftermath of her husband's death as she mourns the post-war life they will never share. Playwright James Still (The Heavens Are Hung In Black) returns with an emotional drama that explores the tenacious attitudes and heartbreaking grief of the maligned "Mrs. President."
If you have any questions about the ISS Theatre Outing, please contact Cheryl Felecia Rhoads, Event Chair at: cherlrhoads@aol.com.  Our "premium orchestra seating" tickets are limited, so order today!  Tickets will be mailed, so thank your for your prompt response! The ISS allocation of tickets is sold out.  Go to the Ford's Theatre website if you wish to purchase tickets.

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THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 12
WREATH LAYING HONORING ABRAHAM LINCOLN
11:00 AM  LINCOLN MEMORIAL
Again this year, the Society has been asked by the National Park Service to lay a wreath at the Lincoln Memorial to honor President Abraham Lincoln on his birthday.  The Hon. Jerry Weller (former Member of the Illinois Congressional Delegation and current ISS Board Member) will do the honor of presenting the wreath.  All Society members and friends are invited to gather at the Memorial at 11:00 AM for this ceremony.  No RSVP required.
 
 
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