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Wednesday, 12 March 2014 10:50

STL250 acknowledges Illinois' contribution

 SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - As St. Louis celebrates its 250th birthday, some Illinois historic sites are being recognized for their significance to the city.
   
Three historic sites and one monument from Illinois are on a list of 250 places compiled by stl250. The group's list includes sites, tourist attractions and businesses they say have made St. Louis what it is today.
 
Cahokia Mounds, Cahokia Courthouse, and Lewis and Clark state historic sites all made the cut from Illinois. The Elijah Lovejoy Memorial in Alton, Ill. also made the list.
 
 Amy Martin is the director of the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency. She says the Illinois sites represent important eras in St. Louis history, from Native American achievements to battles against slavery.
 
The list also includes places such as the Gateway Arch and Fox Theatre.
   
 
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   CAHOKIA, Ill. (AP) - A group is closing out its public comment period on a push to get an ancient metro-east historical site designated as a national park.
   The Belleville News-Democrat reports the Heartlands Conservancy will hold its last public hearing on March 19 at the Cahokia Mounds Interpretive Center.
   Those behind the push believe that by seeking national recognition, Cahokia Mounds could bring additional regional tourism, jobs and money. The conservancy has been working for more than a year with Native American tribes, government agencies and nonprofits on a feasibility study.
   Cahokia is believed to have been inhabited from 700 to 1400 A.D., and it was among the most complex societies of prehistoric North America. The 2,200-acre property is designated by the United Nations as a World Heritage Site.
 
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   COLLINSVILLE, Ill. (AP) - Visitors to Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site on June 23 will get a glimpse of a 1,000 year old sacred celebration of the summer solstice at "Woodhenge."

   Woodhenge is an arrangement of posts standing in line with sunrise on the longest day of the year June 21; the shortest day, in December, and the spring and fall equinoxes, when day and night are the same length.

   These were sacred days to residents of Cahokia Mounds, when it was the largest city north of Mexico.

   Visitors to the site should arrive by 5:20 a.m. to hear an archaeologist explain the monument's discovery and function.

   The Collinsville site is administered by the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency.

  More information can be found at the Cahokia Mounds website

 
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