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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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Volume 109 – Number 4 – Winter 2016

Volume 109 – Number 4 – Winter 2016
The Winter 2016 volume features three essays that engage histories of race, gender, and the Chicago artworld respectively. In "Days of Jubilee: Emancipation Day Celebrations in Chicago, 1853-1877," Amber Bailey documents the rich history of black activism in celebration of emancipation. In "Illumination or Illusion: Women Inventors at the 1893 World's Columbian Fair," Denise E. Pilato examines how the work of women inventors was "promoted, judged, and valued." And finally, in "From Peer to Obscurity: Julius Moessel and the Fall of an Artistic Reputation," Mark Alvey examines the career of German-born Chicago painter Julius Moessel to raise broader questions about how artistic cannons are made and who gets included in them.

Volume 109 – Number 3 – Fall 2016

This issue offers three articles covering diverse aspects of Illinois' history. In "Illinois Germans and the Coming of the Civil War: Reshaping Ethnic Identity," Christina Bearden-White uses German-language sources to examine the complex issue of German identity in the Prairie State during the mid-nineteenth century. Ian Rocksborough-Smith's article, "'I had gone in there thinking I was going to be a cultural worker': Richard Durham, Oscar Brown, Jr. and the United Packinghouse Workers Association in Chicago," presents a fascinating analysis of the Cold War-era careers of Oscar Brown, Jr. and Richard Durham, two prominent Chicago-based African American political activists. Finally, Michael Sublett's "Downstate: Illinois' Peripheral Other," presents the etymology of that well-known Prairie State term. Employing the categories of core and periphery, which rose to prominence in social science and historical writing during the 1970s, Sublett traces the evolution and application of the downstate moniker.

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.

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