The coming of autumn conjures up memories of an America that
was and our connections to our state’s past.
Visiting Shiloh Cemetery, the burial place of Thomas and Sarah Bush
Lincoln, leads to a reflection on the mortality of our ancestors, and
ultimately, to our own mortality. Cemeteries are not so much a place to bury
the dead as they are a place where the once-living have finally settled down. So it is with the stories passed down to us
over the years as we find our own way to pay tribute to the past by sharing the
tales in our turn.
Each of the 102 counties that make up Illinois has a wealth
of heritage to share with visitors and residents. Whether we are selecting the perfect pumpkin
or biting into a crisp apple newly picked from the orchard, it is the time of
year when we can savor some of the harvest bounty of our state.
With the September/October, 2017 Illinois Heritage embarks on a third decade of stories unique to
the Prairie State. Share your Heritage.