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Signed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt on June 19, 1934, this act established the National Archives to centralize federal record keeping, with the Archivist of the United States as its chief administrator.

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Lincoln College program helps monach butterflies - Lincoln Courier

Illinois in museum news - Mon, 2018-06-18 20:26

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Lincoln College program helps monach butterflies
Lincoln Courier
The Field Museum recently held a brief signing ceremony with Ossler, Lincoln College President David Gerlach and Dr. Abigail Derby Lewis, director of the monarch project for the Field Museum's Keller Science Action Center. ... session with city ...

Rights & Responsibilities Museum at Mercury Studios highlighted the importance of American freedom - TheBlaze.com

Illinois in museum news - Mon, 2018-06-18 10:05

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Rights & Responsibilities Museum at Mercury Studios highlighted the importance of American freedom
TheBlaze.com
The exhibit included an extensive display of items from Beck's personal collection and others loaned to Mercury Studios from the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield, Illinois. The museum combined important historical ...

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Sally Ride — America’s First Woman Astronaut

National Archives "Today's Document" - Sun, 2018-06-17 23:47

"Sally Ride — America’s first woman astronaut..." (detail)
On June 18, 1983, Sally Ride became the first American woman in space on the Space Shuttle Challenger’s second mission.

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Exhibit focuses on generations of families affected by the Civil War - Kenosha News

Illinois in museum news - Sun, 2018-06-17 23:11

Exhibit focuses on generations of families affected by the Civil War
Kenosha News
Radandt, curator of exhibits and collections for Kenosha Public Museums, met with a family that had items saved over generations from an ancestor who had fought in the Civil War. The family hoped to donate ... The donation from the Dawson-Vaughan ...

Civil War Museum -- Events - Kenosha News

Illinois in museum news - Sun, 2018-06-17 12:36

Civil War Museum -- Events
Kenosha News
Kathryn Harris, the former director of the Illinois State Historical Library in Springfield, Ill., portrayed Tubman, a former slave and Underground Railroad conductor, during an annual “Salute to Freedom” event at the Civil War Museum several years ago.

Navy Pier celebrates 125th anniversary of Ferris Wheel - nwitimes.com

Illinois in museum news - Sun, 2018-06-17 12:05

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Navy Pier celebrates 125th anniversary of Ferris Wheel
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Sue the T. Rex is the most popular skeleton in the Field Museum's collection. You can visit Sue .... Barack Obama, campaigning for Illinois state office, plays pickup basketball with his constituents in a photo that is part of an exhibit at Gage ...

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Missouri and Illinois automobile museums roll back time - STLtoday.com

Illinois in museum news - Sun, 2018-06-17 09:18

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Missouri and Illinois automobile museums roll back time
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This museum of more than 100 automobiles exhibits the personal collection of William E. Backer, an engineer who loved all things mechanical. The oldest car is a 1896 Ford Quadricycle, the first car developed by Henry Ford. With no reverse, four bicycle ...

From skepticism to success: Civil War Museum marks 10th annivesary - Kenosha News

Illinois in museum news - Sun, 2018-06-17 06:17

Kenosha News

From skepticism to success: Civil War Museum marks 10th annivesary
Kenosha News
The museum focuses on people's perspectives from seven Upper Midwest states: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin. A smaller ... “It really made sense,” said Gina Radandt, curator of collections for the Kenosha Public Museums.

A Break-in at the Watergate

National Archives "Today's Document" - Sat, 2018-06-16 23:45

Security Officer's Log of the Watergate Office Building Showing Entry for June 17, 1972 (detail)
During the early hours of June 17, 1972, Frank Wills was the security guard on duty at the Watergate office complex in Washington, DC.. This log shows that at 1:47 a.m. he called the police, who arrested five burglars inside the Democratic National Committee Headquarters. Investigation into the break-in exposed a trail of abuses that led to the highest levels of the Nixon administration and ultimately to the President himself. President Nixon resigned from office under threat of impeachment on August 9, 1974.

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Pieces of history: Rosa Parks exhibit opens at African-American Cultural & Genealogical Society of Illinois - Herald & Review

Illinois in museum news - Sat, 2018-06-16 19:09

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Pieces of history: Rosa Parks exhibit opens at African-American Cultural & Genealogical Society of Illinois
Herald & Review
The local philanthropist bought a collection of more than 1,000 items from Parks' estate in 2014 for $4.5 million. That collection is on loan to the Library of Congress until 2024, but Buffett designated the African-American Cultural & Genealogical ...

Blue Eagle of the National Recovery Administration

National Archives "Today's Document" - Fri, 2018-06-15 23:12

National Recovery Administration Blue Eagle (detail)
Following the enactment of the the National Industrial Recovery Act (NIRA), the National Recovery Administration (NRA) was established on June 16, 1933 in an effort by President Franklin D. Roosevelt to assist the nation's economic recovery during the Great Depression. The passage of NIRA ushered in a unique experiment in U.S. economic history—the NIRA sanctioned, supported, and in some cases, enforced an alliance of industries. The National Recovery Administration (NRA), created by a separate executive order, was put into operation soon after the final approval of the act. The administration was empowered to make voluntary agreements dealing with hours of work, rates of pay, and the fixing of prices. Patriotic appeals were made to the public, and firms were asked to display the Blue Eagle, an emblem signifying NRA participation.
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Illinois retailer gears up for 27th Krate Fest - Bicycle Retailer

Illinois in museum news - Fri, 2018-06-15 17:59

Bicycle Retailer

Illinois retailer gears up for 27th Krate Fest
Bicycle Retailer
The 27th Krate Fest was getting going Friday night, with a traditional preshow get together at the store, which features its own collection of vintage bikes and Schwinn memorabilia. On Saturday, the Krate Fest will take over two city parking lots near ...

Newberry Library Postcard Collection - Atlas Obscura

Illinois in museum news - Fri, 2018-06-15 14:03

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Newberry Library Postcard Collection
Atlas Obscura
Teich's company shuttered in 1978, and its extensive archives lived in the Lake County Discovery Museum in Wauconda, Illinois, for many years before landing at the Newberry in 2016. The Curt Teich Postcard Archives Collection contains more than 2.5 ...

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A Telegram from Jackie Robinson

National Archives "Today's Document" - Fri, 2018-06-15 00:52

Telegram from Jackie Robinson to President John F. Kennedy, June 15, 1963 (detail)

Jack Roosevelt Robinson (1919-72) was the first African American to "officially" play in Major League Baseball. When he retired from the game, Jackie Robinson went on to champion the cause of civil rights from his position as a prominent executive of the Chock Full o'Nuts Corporation.

In this telegram to President Kennedy dated June 15, 1963, he laments the recent murder of Medgar Evars and implores the President to halt the escalating violence.


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Swahili, the Pulse of Life at the Crossroads - New York Times

Illinois in museum news - Thu, 2018-06-14 10:49

New York Times

Swahili, the Pulse of Life at the Crossroads
New York Times
A postcard in “World on the Horizon, Swahili Arts Across the Indian Ocean” at the Smithsonian's National Museum of African Art. Photo: J. P. Fernandes, “Ostafrikanische Schönheit” (“East African Beauty”) in Zanzibar, Tanzania, pre-1900.CreditPrivate ...

Hobart joins Move to Indiana campaign - nwitimes.com

Illinois in museum news - Thu, 2018-06-14 07:07

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Hobart joins Move to Indiana campaign
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The SSCVA launched the MovetoIndiana.com website last fall with a list that highlights "10 Great Reasons to Move from Illinois to Indiana,” such as lower taxes, lower cost of living, a shorter commute and various amenities. Unlike past Indiana ...

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Design for American Flag with 50 Stars

National Archives "Today's Document" - Wed, 2018-06-13 23:37

Design for American Flag with 50 Stars, By Donald Edwards, 1959 (detail)
On June 14, 1777, the Continental Congress adopted the Stars and Stripes as the official flag of the United States. Flag Day has been observed in various forms since the late 1800s, but it wasn't until 1949 when Congress permanently designated June 14th as Flag Day. The image here is one submitted for the new 50-star design of the flag to reflect the admission of Hawaii as the 50th state in 1958. An 1818 law required a new star to be added for each new state admitted to the U.S. The law failed to describe how a new pattern for the stars should be configured so thousands of citizens, especially school children, sent their suggestions for a new flag design to the White House.
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Rosa Parks artifacts coming to Decatur - WAND

Illinois in museum news - Wed, 2018-06-13 22:22

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Rosa Parks artifacts coming to Decatur
WAND
As the group celebrates 25 years connecting people to their roots and honoring legacies, Hood is celebrating a different milestone — one hidden beneath a black cloth in one of museum's exhibits. "I am so excited," Hood said. "I kept looking for this ...

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