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.
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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.
The deadline is 1 March, but the cap is 50. It is first come first served!
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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.
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 ….
Wreath Laying to Honor President Ronald W. Reagan
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.