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Over the past decade, Western Illinois University has worked tirelessly to bring together historic images from west central Illinois for those folks who would like to know more about the regionâs culture and history. The materials come from all corners of the Western Illinois University Archives and Special Collections and a special emphasis is placed upon Western Illinois University, the city of Macomb, and McDonough County. Within these digital pages, users can look over newspapers from the late 19th century, images of farm life from the 1920s, town gatherings, and even railroad activity. Visitors will find that while there are no thematic collections offered, it's fairly easy to navigate through the collection. First-time users should check out sample searches such as "fire departments,â "locomotives,â "churches,â and "villages.â
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