A mural depicting the March 28, 1864 riot between between Union troops and Southern sympathizers in Charleston, Ill.
(Courtesy of the Charleston Riot 150th Anniversary Steering Committee)
March 28, 2014

Charleston Riot 150th Anniversary

This weekend, the Coles County city of Charleston will be commemorating a riot that happened at the court house and town square March 28, 1864...150 years ago...between Union troops and Southern sympathizers.


Alice Herz-Sommer in July 2010.
('The Lady in Number 6'/AP)
February 24, 2014

Oldest-Known Holocaust Survivor Dies; Pianist Was 110

There are many remarkable things to say about Alice Herz-Sommer, who until her death in London on Sunday was thought to be the world's oldest survivor of the Nazi Holocaust.


Maria von Trapp
(Kerstin Joensson/AP)
February 23, 2014

Last Of The ‘Sound Of Music’ Von Trapps Dies At 99

Maria von Trapp, the last surviving member of the seven original Trapp Family Singers — the Austrian family that inspired the 1965 film The Sound of Music — has died at 99 at her home in Vermont.


(Jason Croft/WILL)
February 05, 2014

Pogo Studios Archives Donated to the Sousa Archives

Recently, Champaign’s famed Pogo Studio closed its doors after nearly 30 years when owner Mark Rubel left for a new job in Nashville, Tennessee. But the music that was recorded there will live on at the Sousa Archives and Center for American Music at the University of Illinois.


January 28, 2014

Tornado Victims Share Stories At Peoria Museum

People affected by the November 17, 2013 tornadoes were invited to a special kick-off event Monday night at the Peoria Riverfront Museum.  About 40 people attended, many young families, to share their stories following the disaster.


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