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Recalling busier days along Route 36

Recalling busier days along Route...

The Town n' Country Motel sign points the way to cabins which were...

Recalling busier days along Route 36

Recalling busier days along Route 36

The Town n' Country Motel sign points the way to cabins which were once part of The Shady Rest motel court, operated a mile south of Chrisman.  It catered to a post-war tourist boom in the 1950s when...
A close play at home plate in the Cubs old West Side Park

A close play at home plate in the...

The Chicago Cubs played in West Side Park from 1893 to 1915, as shown...

A close play at home plate in the Cubs old West Side Park

A close play at home plate in the Cubs old West Side Park

The Chicago Cubs played in West Side Park from 1893 to 1915, as shown on this pre-linen postcard featuring the wooden grandstand.  The old Cook County Hospital is visible in the background. (Postcard...
Dairy Desserts

Dairy Desserts

Stop in at The Creamery in Chandlerville for a lemon chiffon soft...

Dairy Desserts

Dairy Desserts

Stop in at The Creamery in Chandlerville for a lemon chiffon soft serve cone on a warm summer day.  (photo by William Furry)

 

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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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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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Latest News & Upcoming Events

July - August 2017

July - August 2017
Southern Illinois is the place to be this August as we anticipate a total solar eclipse, with center stage located over the state's first capital, Kaskaskia. Will two minutes and forty seconds of darkened skies start crickets chirping and bring out the fireflies? We'll just have to wait and see and hope for a cloudless day for the people planning to check out the path of totality. And we'll also have to wait and see whether our great state can come to terms with its budgetary woes and see brighter days ahead.

Welcome to Kristan McKinsey, Director of the Illinois Women Artists Project, as she picks up the excellent editorial work of the late Channy Lyons. Our friends at Illinois Humanities are forging ahead with plans for the upcoming state bicentennial and we can travel with Stephen Leonard and Keith Sculle on their road trip of discovery along the east-west Route 36 across Illinois.

Despite the quagmires of government, the quicksand of politics, and the mosquitoes of summer, Illinois is a glorious place to call home.

Grayslake Historical Society Suffers From Flood

Charlotte Renahan, president of the Grayslake Historical Society and ISHS board member, has reported that the Society’s archives suffered a devastating flood last week as a result of thunderstorms that swept through the area on July 11-12. The Society’s archives, stored in the basement of the Grayslake Heritage Center and Museum, was inundated with six feet of water. Society volunteers, Heritage Center and Museum staff, community members, and Public Works employees are working diligently to save as many photos, documents, and artifacts as possible. Professional help and advice is being provided by conservators of well-known institutions. To offer support, Charlotte’s address is:
Charlotte Renehan
P.O. Box 73
Grayslake, IL 60030-0073

Lincoln Tomb Retreat Ceremony

  • 8/15/2017 7:00 PM - 8/29/2017 7:30 PM
  • Category: Events
Every Tuesday night during the summer, the 114th Illinois Volunteer Infantry (reactivated), the Lincoln Monument Association and the Lincoln Tomb State Historic Site sponsor the ceremonial lowering of the flag that flies in front of the tomb. Each night, one member of the audience takes that flag home with them. Both the ceremony and the flag drawing are free. http://www.lincolntomb.org/lma.htm

Lincoln Tomb State Historic Site (Map)
Oak Ridge Cemetery
1500 Monument Ave. 
Springfield, Illinois 62702

Illinois Bicentennial Kickoff Festivities

Illinois Bicentennial Kickoff Festivities
Activities at the Liberty Bell of the West Memorial on Kaskaskia Island, the Pierre Menard Home, and Fort de Chartres will signal the start of the 100 Day Countdown to the Illinois Bicentennial. State and local officials will speak at each location. Officials will signal the start of the 100 Day Countdown to December 3, the date Illinois was federally recognized as a state, with a ceremonial signing of the 1818 Illinois Constitution. December 3, 2017, is the first day of the 200th year and the official start of the Bicentennial Celebration.

Clayville Car Show, Folk Music Festival, and Art Fair

Clayville Historical Site

  • 8/26/2017 10:00 AM
  • Category: Events
Cruise on over to the Clayville Car Show, Folk Music Festival, and Art Fair. The event will be on the site of the Broadwell Inn, the oldest brick structure in Sangamon County. The Inn is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. More information can be found at: http://www.clayville.org/pleasant_plains_historic_society_info.

The Festival opens at 10 a.m.; music from 2 to 10 p.m.
$5 per person, $20 per family.
Refreshments available.

The Clayville Historical Site is located off Illinois 125 near Pleasant Plains (17 miles west of Springfield). (Map)
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