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  • Friday, May 27, 2016 9:21 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Was recently printed and distributed to our members.  If you've misplaced your copy or want to share the information with a friend, it's now posted on this website.  This issue contains information about our Summer Porch Chats, Strawberry Festival, membership renewal, and other activities for the season.

  • Friday, March 18, 2016 6:10 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Pay special attention to this issue of the Iles Files, as it contains information on events, historical information, and a membership application for all of our upcoming operating season which begins April 2, 2016.

  • Tuesday, March 01, 2016 2:24 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The 2016 Lincoln Essay Contest, perpetuating a tradition started by the Illinois Watch Company, was held in February at the Old State Capitol.  Read more about this on the "Museum of Springfield History" page on this website.

  • Friday, December 11, 2015 3:26 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The 2016 "Behind the Scenes" program schedule for local heritage site volunteers has been released.  Note that the first program is coming up soon, on January 12. Here is a link to the schedule:

    "Behind the Scenes" Springfield Heritage Sites 2016 Schedule

  • Monday, October 12, 2015 1:33 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    A great time was had by all at the Sangamo Harvest Festival, the annual fundraiser for the Elijah Iles House, on October 10.  I have posted pictures I took that evening -- if anyone else is so inclined, please feel free to post your own.

  • Thursday, July 09, 2015 2:38 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    An updated Iles Files newsletter was recently produced and is now available to read online.  It contains information about the commemoration of the 150th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's funeral, the 2015 Lincoln Essay contest, a greeting from Iles House Foundation President Jim Patton, a description of a flood control plan, and more.  Click on the "Iles Files Newsletter" tab to access the newsletter.

  • Friday, June 19, 2015 5:20 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    In the last few years, the Iles House has experienced flooding on several occasions due to "100 year floods."  In 2010, the museum level of the House was inundated when flood water over-topped the south lawn, flowed onto the patio and into the House.  In August 2014, storm water again flowed into the House, covering the Museum floor.

    We have studied the problem and now realize that Springfield's storm sewers, many built over 100 years ago, fill up and fail to handle runoff.  Rainwater then flows along streets and through low areas of the city.  The intersection of 7th and Cook streets is one of the hardest hit low spots in the city.

    Spearheaded by Logan McMinn, a plan has been developed to help protect the House from future flooding.  Soil berms along the south wooden sidewalk and flower gardens will soon be constructed to protect the House.

  • Friday, September 26, 2014 6:21 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Donna Catlin has provided us with some nice photos of folks enjoying themselves at our Fiery Trials event, held on September 13th.  It was a nice, late summer afternoon, and the garden looked beautiful.  Thanks to Francie Staggs and Logan McMinn for helping make this event a success.   If any members have additional pictures they would like to post of this event, or of any Iles House function, please feel free to do so.

  • Friday, September 26, 2014 5:43 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    As many of you know, the Strawbridge-Shepherd House, on the campus of the U of I at Springfield, is a project of the Elijah Iles House Foundation.  The Iles House board recently voted to have the house painted -- at considerable expense, but we wanted the job to be top notch.  Judge for yourself with two new pictures in the members only picture gallery.

  • Tuesday, August 28, 2012 9:58 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    The Iles House Foundation has established a credit card payment option with PayPal, a popular online payment service.  This means that you can conveniently use your MasterCard or Visa to register for fundraisers or renew your annual membership.  Online donations are also welcome.  Of course, we still accept payment by check.  You will notice this change when you look at upcoming event details.
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