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Friday November 21 2014




River Region History

Selected Websites

The following list is not intended to be a comprehensive directory of attractions and resources, but to serve as a starting point for persons interested in the history of our region. If you would like to suggest another website for inclusion on our list, please e-mail us by clicking here.

City Websites in illinois

Cairo Illinois
A directory devoted to the city of Cairo.
http://www.cairoillinois.com/

Carbondale Online
The Carbondale Chamber of Commerce home page. This site is for anyone who wishes to know more about Carbondale and its businesses.
http://www.bestsmallcity.com/local/local/default.php?sectionid=1

Carbondale Now
A web portal for Carbondale and the surrounding area.
http://www.carbondalenow.com

City of Carterville
Municipal site that offers details on local history, location, parks and recreation, activities and events, chamber of commerce, services, and officials.
http://www.ci.carterville.il.us/

Chester, Illinois Resource Guide
This site is devoted to seeing the sights in and around Chester, Illinois.
http://www.guide4chester.com/area.html

City of Effingham, Illinois
The official home page of Effingham, Illinois is packed with information about upcoming events and tourist information for visitors.
http://www.effinghamil.com/index2.cfm

Herrin, Illinois
A website presented by the Chamber of Commerce of Herrin.
http://www.herrinillinois.com

The Official Home Page of Marion, Illinois
The online presence of Marion, Illinois. This site is useful for residents or those interested in visiting the city.
http://www.ci.marion.il.us/

City of Mount Vernon
The Mayor of Mt. Vernon writes: "This site allows you to learn about our community and its municipal government, and provides up-to-date information for online users.
http://www.mtvernon.com/

Murphysboro, Illinois
The official website of the town of Murphysboro, Illinois. This site is packed with local events and other local interests for visitors and residents alike.
http://www.murphysboro.com/


CIVIC, COMMUNITY GROUP AND CULTURAL WEBSITES

Carbondale Community Arts
A non-profit organization devoted to the arts in the Carbondale area. There are many festivals supported from here, so if you are interested in art you will like this site.
http://www.carbondalearts.org/

Cedarhurst Center or the Arts
Located in Mt. Vernon, Illinois, "Cedarhurst celebrates the arts year-round with exciting visual and performing arts programs for the public."
http://www.cedarhurst.org

The Centralia Cultural Society
A society devoted to bringing more of the arts to the Centralia, Illinois area.
http://www.centraliaarts.org/

Challenger Learning Center at Paducah
A non-profit organization providing interactive science and math experiences. The Challenger Learning Center utilizes simulation to transport future scientists, engineers and technicians through the portals of discovery.
http://www.clcpaducah.org

Girl Scouts of Shagbark Council
The Southern Illinois and Knox County, Indiana council of the Girl Scouts of America.
http://www.shagbark.org/

Greater St Louis Area Boy Scout Council
The Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts of the Greater St. Louis area.
http://www.stlbsa.org/

The Hill Neighborhood
An Italian neighborhood in the St. Louis Area. Their site contains information for visitors and residents, many of whom have ties to Southern Illinois.
http://stlouis.missouri.org/thehill/

The Illinois Migrant Council
A non-profit organization promoting employment, educational and other opportunities for migrant and seasonal farm workers and their families to achieve economic self-sufficiency and stability."
http://www.illinoismigrant.org/index.html

Jackson County Area Local Organizations
A links page of organizations in and around Jackson county, Illinois.
http://www.globaleyes.net/Community/Agencies/Default.html

Rotary District 6510
The homepage of the Southern Illinois Chapter of Rotary International.
http://www.rotary6510.org/

The Science Center
The Children's Museum of Southern Illinois.
http://www.yoursciencecenter.org/

The Southern Illinois Center for a Sustainable Future
The Southern Illinois Center for a Sustainable Future protects and enhances the environment through teaching, research, service, and action.
http://www.sicsf.org/


COUNTY, STATE, AND GOVERNMENT WEBSITES

America’s Byways
Home page of the national scenic byways program of the U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration.
http://www.byways.org/browse/states/IL/

Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge
Managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Crab Orchard is one of the largest refuges with three lakes and approximately 43,660 acres of land.
http://www.fws.gov/midwest/craborchard/

Giant City State Park
This recreational area was named for the rock formations made by geological changes 12,000 years ago.
http://dnr.state.il.us/lands/landmgt/PARKS/R5/GC.HTM

Illinois Quickfacts
A page of Illinois' vital statistics: population, GDP, etc., for those interested.
http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/17000.html

Illinois State Archives
The official homepage of the Official State Archives of Illinois.
http://www.sos.state.il.us/departments/archives/archives.html

Jackson County Illinois Home Page
An online resource for Jackson County, Illinois. It includes information for residents and a nifty set of links devoted to county cultural events and history.
http://www.co.jackson.il.us/

National Heritage Areas
Areas around the country in which conservation, interpretation and other activities are managed by partnerships among federal, state, and local governments and the private sector.
http://www.cr.nps.gov/heritageareas/

Shawnee National Forest
The USDA Forest Service's official site detailing the Shawnee National Forest.
http://www.fs.fed.us/r9/forests/shawnee/

Touch of Nature Environmental Center
A comprehensive center offering recreation, environmental education, experiential learning, and other services.
http://www.pso.siu.edu/tonec


DEVELOPMENT AND TOURISM WEBSITES

Cape Girardeau Convention and Visitors Bureau
The official website of Cape Girardeau's tourism office. An excellent look at this Missouri town.
http://www.capegirardeaucvb.org/

Knox County Convention and Visitors Bureau
Promotes Vincennes · Knox County as a desirable destination for leisure, travelers, motorcoach groups, and overnight meetings.
http://www.vincennesonline.org/

Regional Economic Development Corporation
A non-profit organization to promote industrial planning, re-planning, development, renewal, re-development and improvement in Southern Illinois.
http://www.redco.org


HISTORY RESOURCE WEBSITES

American Antiquarian Society
A national research library of American history, research and culture through 1876.
http://www.americanantiquarian.org/

American Experience: Wayback
WayBack: U.S. History for Kids is produced by American Experience, television's longest-running, most-watched history series.
http://pbskids.org/wayback/

The Discovery Expedition of St. Charles
As it says on the main page: "A nonprofit organization dedicated to rediscovering the legacy of Lewis and Clark. We promote education and the study of American history and heritage through discussions and living history demonstrations."
http://www.lewisandclark.net/

Grouseland: Vicennes Historic Treasure
A site dedicated to Grouseland, the William Henry Harrison Mansion Museum.
http://www.grouselandfoundation.org/

H-Illinois Discussion Network
A history and cultural discussion zone. This web site supports discussion about the history and culture of peoples of the state of Illinois and the Midwest region; it offers grant announcements and information of particular interest to university and community college faculty and staff. It is part of a larger web network in humanities and social sciences sponsored by Michigan State University.
http://www.h-net.msu.edu/%7Eillinois/

H-Net Humanities and Social Sciences Online
A forum for scholars and teachers.
http://www.h-net.msu.edu/

IllinoisHistory.com
Focusing on Southern Illinois History, this website is the perfect place to start for those interested in broader historical themes in Southern Illinois.
http://www.illinoishistory.com/index.htm

Henager-Rudisill Family Museum
The Henager-Rudisill Family Museum was officially opened in December of 1996 by Mr. James Henager. The museum began as a repository for family memorabilia.
http://www.rudisill.org/relatedlinks/henrudmuseum.html

Indiana Historical Society
Indiana’s online front porch; a resource guide for exploration of Indiana history.
http://www.indianahistory.org

Lewis and Clark Illinois
A 3-year long bicentennial festival. It started in '03, so be sure to visit it before it is gone!
http://www.lewisandclarkillinois.org/

Museum of the American Quilters Society
The home page for the Paducah quilting museum.
http://www.quiltmuseum.org/

The National Council of the Lewis and Clark Bicentennial Commemoration
This site explores the activities and history of events planned to celebrate the adventures of Lewis and Clark
http://www.lewisandclark200.org/

National History Day
A web sited dedicated to a year-long education program that engages students in grades 6-12~~ in the process of discovery and interpretation of historical topics.
http://www.nationalhistoryday.org/

The Newberry Library
An independent research library and educational institution dedicated to the expansion and dissemination of knowledge in the humanities.
http://www.newberry.org/newberryhome.html

Picturing The Century
Images of American history from the National Archives.
http://www.archives.gov/exhibit_hall/picturing_the_century/home.html

The Shawnee Network
A website devoted to "Those with Roots or Branches in Southern Illinois." Here you can find all sorts of community event from in and around the Southern Illinois Region.
http://www.shawneenet.net/

Southern Illinois Association of Museums
A cooperative community of museums, libraries and historical organizations in southern Illinois.
http://museum.siu.edu/siam/siamdirectory.html

Southernmost Illinois History
A site devoted to the Southernmost history of the state of Illinois, specifically of Alexander, Pulaski, Union, Johnson, Massac and nearby counties. Includes links and information pertinent to the entire River Region.
http://www.southernmostillinoishistory.net/customhouse.htm

Spirit of Vincennes
Preserves the heritage of Vincennes through an annual Rendezvous and other events.
http://www.spiritofvincennes.org/

Veterans History Project
This web page collects stories of veterans through personal narratives, correspondence, and visuals.
http://www.loc.gov/vets/

The Williamson County Historical Society
According to the main page, "The Williamson County Historical Society was organized in 1954.~ The purpose of the society is to preserve the history of~Williamson County, Illinois."
http://www.thewchs.com/index.htm

Trail of Tears Children's Play
A children's play about the events within the Cherokee nation during the relocation. Winner of the National Endowment for the Arts.
http://www.childrenstheatreplays.com/tot.htm


MEDIA WEBSITES

American Experience, Chicago
This page delves deeper into the film about Chicago, referred to as the city of the century.
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/chicago/

American Indian Radio on Satellite
Provides authentic Native American music, news, entertainment, interviews and discussions of the current issues in Indian Country and the world. AIROS is an international distributor of Native American programming through the Public Radio Satellite System.
http://www.airos.org

Benjamin Franklin
Here one can explore the great mind and works of Benjamin Franklin.
http://www.pbs.org/benfranklin/

Colonial House
Here you can explore the PBS show “Colonial House.”
http://www.pbs.org/wnet/colonialhouse/

Do You Speak American?
A PBS site which explores the evolution of the American English Language.
http://www.pbs.org/speak/

Freedom: A History of US
This interactive page explores the events throughout United States history which have shaped the American public.
http://www.pbs.org/wnet/historyofus/

From the Holler to the Hood
A storytelling project for urban and rural communities. Here hip-hop meets mountain music.
http://www.appalshop.org/h2h/

History Detectives
This interactive web site based upon the PBS show History Detectives explores the unexplained historical mysteries and facts of folklore and family legends.
http://www.pbs.org/historydetectives/

History Detective Kids
Helps kids pursue their love of mystery and all things detective through activities that engage them in real world problem solving, a process of inquiry, creative play and the opportunity to share with others.
http://pbskids.org/historydetectives/

Illinois Periodicals Online
This site is a digital imaging project at the Northern Illinois University Libraries funded by the Illinois State Library association.
http://www.lib.niu.edu/ipo/index.html

Mark Twain
Here you can jump into a scrapbook and obtain facts and tidbits about Mark Twain.
http://www.pbs.org/marktwain/

The Museum of Television and Radio
This site provides a forum to explore television and radio.
http://www.mtr.org

Native American Public Telecommunications
Provides leadership in creating awareness of and developing telecommunications related to American Indians and Alaska Natives.
http://www.nativetelecom.org/

The New Americans
Here the web site explores the show that follows a diverse group of immigrants and refugees as they leave their home and families behind and learn what it means to be new Americans in the 21st century
http://www.pbs.org/independentlens/newamericans/

Southern Illinois History and Culture Center
A society devoted to the education of everyone in regard to the rich culture and history of the Southern Illinois region.
http://www.shawneecc.edu/sihcc/

StoryCorps
StoryCorps is a national project to instruct and inspire people to record each others' stories in sound.
http://storycorps.net/

The Southern Illinois Entrepreneurship Center
The mission of the Southern Illinois Entrepreneurship Center is: “To encourage the entrepreneurial spirit to stimulate growth in Southern Illinois.”
http://www.siecenter.biz/

Thomas Jefferson Online
This web page explores the Ken Burns Film on Thomas Jefferson
http://www.pbs.org/jefferson/

They Made America
A PBS sited dedicated to the series based off the Harold Evans novel They Made America.
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/theymadeamerica/

VisionMaker Video
A site where one can purchase educational films about Native American history.
http://www.visionmaker.org


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