Welcome to the

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

 

THE ILLINOIS STATE SOCIETY of WASHINGTON, DC

Invites You to Attend

A Screening of the Highly Acclaimed Film

 

Rosenwald

 

 

February 4, 2016, 7:00 PM

as part of

ISS Black History Month Commemoration

Contact the National Archives for Registration

700 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW

Washington, DC 20408

Special Events Entrance – Corner of Constitution and 7th Streets, NW.

 

 

Celebrate President Ronald W. Reagan’s 

Birthday with ISS

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(We will be celebrating Reagan’s February 6th birthday one day early.)

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Wreath Laying at Reagan Statue

Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport

 

Friday, February 5 – (One day early)

 

10:30 AM

 

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.

 

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Sponsors and Corporate Members

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Most events are free for members. Join now! To join ISS using your credit card through PayPal, click on the “Membership” button below.

 

 

Illinois State Society of Washington DC

3700 Fort Worth Avenue, Suite 100

Alexandria, VA 22304

703-461-3610

IllinoisStateSocietydc@Verizon.net

 

2015 ISS INTERN SCHOLARSHIPS

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INTERNS RECEIVE ISS AWARDS

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.

 

CHERRY BLOSSOM 2015

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150th ANNIVERSARY OF LINCOLN’S 2nd INAUGURAL

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LINCOLN’S SECOND INAUGURAL  COMMEMORATED AT UNITED STATES CAPITOL

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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 ….

 ILLINOIS STATEHOOD DAY

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Fall Fiesta

Wreath Laying to Honor President Ronald W. Reagan

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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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