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Lemmon calls on community to preserve its history

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lemmon2Chris Lemmon has never lost track of his past. It’s one he embraces, even the bumps and bruises that go along with being the son of famous parents. And part of his past is part of Peoria’s past, as well. He hopes the community is ready to...

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Junior League of Peoria named recipient of 2015 de Tonti Award

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Tonti bust 3Because of the decades of service to the community, the Junior League of Peoria has been named the recipient of the 2015 Henri de Tonti Award for Outstanding Principled Community Leadership, the Peoria Historical Society announced.

The society said the Junior League of Peoria Inc. was established...

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AMERIKANISCH! AMERIKANISCH!

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I spent four years in the U.S. Air Force and then in January of 1955, I was a veteran. It was not until 2013 that I heard someone say “Thank you for your service.” I thought they were kidding me.

Then Honor Flight became a reality and the “welcome home” veterans received around America after their flights to the Washington...

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Gliding through the Duryea Festival

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glide Since he was a child, Roger Brown has been a big part of the family hobby: restoring historic automobiles.

Now retired, the Peora man heads up the hobby started by his father and is proud of the tradition as well as the collection of cars in the family. That includes the 1916 Glide that...

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Yes They Said That... Qoutes from Famous Peorians: Charles Correll

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“We didn’t look the parts”
- Charles Correll

Peorian Charles Correll, part of the radio comedy team “Amos & Andy” on why their 1930 movie, in which they appeared in black-face makeup, was a flop.

 

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Lincoln made several stops in Peoria

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Wednesday marked the 150th anniversary of the death of President Abraham Lincoln, the day after he was shot by John Wilkes Booth while attending a play with his wife at Ford’s Theatre in Washington, D.C.

Below are synopses of the different times Lincoln visited Peoria, all before he was elected president.

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Pryor's Places: A Tour of Richard Pryor's Peoria

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Heddy (wife) came home after having a couple of drinks with a friend after work. Her friend is a member of the Peoria Historical Society. She told me that they had a tour about the history of Peoria's distilleries and would I be interested?

"Sure!...

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A trip through civil history

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CivilWar1I love history; I should say that right away. In fact, with my MA in History earned from Western Illinois University in 2006 I have the proud title of being a historian. So it should come as no surprise that when I go on vacation, I usually stop at historical sites on...

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A Saintly Supper: Fulton Sheen and the Turning of a Communist

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saintlyThe Hotel Commodore building sits at the corner of 42nd street and Lexington in the heart of Manhattan’s thriving business...

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