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The Al Cine Place

The Al Cine Place

During the typhoid fever epidemic of 1915, the folks seen here rallied...

The Al Cine Place

The Al Cine Place

During the typhoid fever epidemic of 1915, the folks seen here rallied to the Cline family's aid by helping to harvest their corn corp.
Changing the way farming was done

Changing the way farming was done

Though steam power changed the way farming was done, it takes many...

Changing the way farming was done

Changing the way farming was done

Though steam power changed the way farming was done, it takes many hands working together to bring in the harvest.
Jacksonville Steam Show

Jacksonville Steam Show

Steam power revolutionized farming in the 19th century, plowing the...

Jacksonville Steam Show

Jacksonville Steam Show

Steam power revolutionized farming in the 19th century, plowing the way to Illinois's agriculture future.

 

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Publications

Illinois Heritage is our publication designed to encourage various professional, amateur historians and the general public to explore and write about Prairie State history for a broad audience.

The Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society is the scholarly publication with peer-reviewed Journal articles, essays, and documents about history, literature, art technology, law, and other subjects related to Illinois and the Midwest.

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Historical Markers

Since 1934, the Illinois State Historical Society has erected more than 500 historical markers statewide. Subjects of historical significance to Illinois are co-sponsored by local organizations and supporters. The Illinois State Historical Society coordinates the placement and management of historical markers throughout the state.

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As the holiday giving season is upon us, please remember to give a gift to the Illinois State Historical Society. November 29th is national Giving Tuesday. #GivingTuesday. Through your thoughtful support, and from those who share your commitment to preserving Illinois history, we can look forward to another year of outreach and progress toward fulfilling our mission to “foster awareness, understanding, research, preservation, and recognition of history in Illinois. Make a contribution today.

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September - October 2016

September - October 2016
This issue of the magazine highlights two themes:
  1. Sesquicentennial houses of worship around the state.
  2. Agriculture and related topics throughout the state.

Sesquicentennial Churches are chosen from across Illinois based on the following criteria: Minutes of early church board meetings, marriage or baptismal records, grant of official charter, contemporary newspaper advertisements or articles, old city directories. ISHS looks forward to honoring more than 33 Sesquicentennial Churches for the fidelity and witness to others over 150 years of faithfulness to their calling.

Agriculture in Illinois has a long and quite amazing history as one follows the movement and settlements which sprung up in, during and long after pioneer period. Karl Bodmer, a Swiss artist (circa 1832) painted a scenic view of a farm on the southern prairie. It is a good study of the French style of an American Bottom settlement.

Volume 109 - Number 2 - Summer 2016

Volume 109 - Number 2 - Summer 2016
T he summer 2016 issue features three stimulating essays on mid-nineteenth century Illinois politics. In "Extradition, the Mormons, and the Election of 1843," Andrew H. Hedges offers a new interpretation of the Mormons' surprising support of Joseph P. Hoge, the 1843 Democratic candidate for U.S. representative in Illinois' sixth congressional district. That decision was fraught with enormous consequence. In the wake of the Mormon vote for the Democrat Hoge, the area's Whig Party turned against the religious group, a momentous shift in local attitudes that spawned conflict and eventual expulsion of the Mormons out of western Illinois.
Brent M. Rodgers examines another dimension of Mormon politics in Illinois in his "'Armed men are coming from the state of Missouri': Federalism, Interstate Affairs, and Joseph Smith's Final Attempt to Secure Federal Intervention in Nauvoo." Rogers examines the constitutional and political theory behind Joseph Smith's letter to President John Tyler, written just seven days before his murder, pleading for federal intervention in behalf of the beleaguered religionists at Nauvoo. 
In the issue's final article, "A Copperhead in Quincy Goes to Washington: Senator William A. Richardson," Shawn Hale adds to our knowledge and understanding of the Copperhead opposition that dogged Lincoln throughout the Civil War. Focusing on Richardson's many published speeches, Hale produces a refurbished and updated analysis of the Illinois Democrat's political thought. Richardson, argues Hale, is best seen as a "romantic conservative" whose commitment to the Constitution 'as it was' left him ill equipped in the face of revolutionary changes to federal authority and black freedom wrought by the Civil War.

Historic Churches to be Honored

Historic Churches to be Honored
The Illinois State Historical Society invites 150-year-old Illinois houses of worship to apply for official recognition as "Illinois Sesquicentennial Churches." Congregations that have continuously met since 1866 or earlier are invited to apply for the designation (synagogues too) through the Society's Sesquicentennial Church program. Applications are available on-line at www.historyillinois.org, or from the Society. Call 217-525-2781 for an application. The deadline for applications is June 30, 2016. Houses of worship will be honored at a special luncheon this fall in Peoria.

UPDATE: Application deadline extended, submit your house of worship today.
Download Application here

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