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2016 Annual Tour Recap

2016 Illinois State Historical Society annual tour, "From Immigrant to...

2016 Annual Tour Recap

2016 Annual Tour Recap

2016 Illinois State Historical Society annual tour, "From Immigrant to Elite," a moveable feast of sites and sounds and edible wonders in Chicago. 
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Heritage March-April Issue

Spring is in the air and it's time to start bird watching.

Heritage March-April Issue

Heritage March-April Issue

Spring is in the air and it's time to start bird watching.
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The roads less traveled

View some of the stunning backroad photographs taken by Gary DeNeal in...

The roads less traveled

The roads less traveled

View some of the stunning backroad photographs taken by Gary DeNeal in the latest issue of the Heritage.

 

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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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Scholarships

Annually the Illinois State Historical Society issues several scholarships to students all over the state. We want to assist those with a passion and drive for historical knowledge as well as recognize those who have already demonstrated an outstanding knowledge in the field through essays and other works.

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Historical Markers

There are several ways for you to find markers. You can search by either navigating the county map or our new feature will use your current location to identify markers which are in your area.

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2016 Annual Tour Recap - From Immigrant to Elite

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2016 Annual Tour Recap - From Immigrant to Elite

2016 Illinois State Historical Society annual tour, "From Immigrant to Elite," a moveable feast of sites and sounds and edible wonders in Chicago. We did it all in one day! Take a look at the photo gallery within to see all the excitement that happened and the places we visited.

Just think, less than a year till the next one!

March - April 2016

March - April 2016

This issue also includes Gina Wysocki’s history of the Will County Poor Farm, reprinted with permission of the author and the Will County Historical Society, which published the piece nearly a decade ago. Many counties had their own facilities for indigent populations in the late 19th and early 20th centuries; none was especially memorable as a comfortable haven for the poor. But it is instructive for us to know how our Illinois forebears dealt with the sick and impoverished within their own communities, before there were state operated agencies to serve as safety nets. These institutions deserve greater study, and perhaps will inspire some of our student historians!

Finally, we include two new features in this issue: An Illinois Crossword puzzle, courtesy of Blue River Press; and a canvas of Illinois “heroes” submitted by several of our 2,700 Facebook friends. Not a Facebook friend of the ISHS? Join the discussion and share your Illinois Heritage! Happy, happy Spring!

January - February 2016

January - February 2016

This issue of Illinois Heritage has much to offer our loyal readers: A profile of John Wood, Illinois' 12th governor and the founder of Quincy; a history of the Mormon Template in Nauvoo and what archaeologists have recently discovered on the site; a Collinsville landmark that roadside travelers relish; and the story of the Fansteel sit-down strike and how it changed labor relations in the nation. Thanks to our several contributors for making this issue possible. Of course we have included the latest Society news, announcements, programs, tours, and historical marker dedications around the state.

It's all good reading in Illinois Heritage. I suggest a warm cup of cider, a mug of hot chocolate, or your favorite winter beverage to begin your adventure in Illinois history.

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