Illinois State Historical Society seeks century-old businesses

The 22nd Annual Centennial Awards Banquet will be Friday, Oct. 13, at the Palmer House Hilton Hotel in Chicago.

Illinois businesses and not-for-profit corporations celebrating their centennial years in 2006, as well as those achieving their 125th, 150th and 175th anniversaries, are encouraged to apply for the Society’s special recognition online at Applications are also available by calling the Society’s office in Springfield at (217) 525-2781.

To qualify, centennial corporations must provide evidence of continuous operation for 100 years or more. Acceptable evidence includes original charters and minutes to corporate meetings, newspaper articles and city directors from the period, bills of sale, and other items contemporaneous with the business’s founding.

The Centennial Awards Program, established in 1984, has honored more than 1,100 businesses around the state including the Walgreens Company, SBC, the Chicago White Sox, Rotary International, Illinois College, the Illinois Press Association and more than 50 Illinois Carnegie libraries.

For more information about the Awards Program, call (217) 525-2781.

Prize money for student scholars

Do you know a young Lincoln scholar who could use $1,000 for college? Illinois high school students are invited to participate in the Orndorff Scholarship competition, an essay contest about Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War era.

Essays should be between 1,000 and 1,500 words with an annotated bibliography and suggestions for further reading. The focus of the essay should be Abraham Lincoln or a significant event in the Civil War period in Illinois. The Illinois high school student whose research paper is selected will receive a $1,000 scholarship, plus a certificate from the Society.

The winning essay and author will be honored at the Illinois History Symposium Banquet in February 2007. His or her essay will be published in the January/February 2007 issue of Illinois Heritage magazine, the popular history magazine of the Illinois State Historical Society. For more information, call (217) 525-2781, or visit the Society’s Web site at

Entries should be sent to the Illinois State Historical Society, Orndorff Scholarship, 210-1/2 S. Sixth St., Suite 200, Springfield, IL 62701. Deadline is Oct. 31.

From the June 21-27, 2006, issue

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