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Friday, April 19, 2019

Illinois Heritage

cover photos of Illinois Heritage magazine

Illinois Heritage Magazine

Illinois Heritage, the popular history magazine of the Illinois State Historical Society, was established in 1997 to encourage professional and amateur historians, museum professionals, teachers, genealogists, journalists, and other researchers to explore and write about Prairie State history for a broad audience.

Illinois Heritage is published six times per year and is available as a benefit of membership in the Illinois State Historical Society. Individual editions can also be purchased by contacting our office directly. Visit our Membership section for membership options and information.

Visit our Illinois Heritage Magazine section to see issue summaries and sample articles from recent releases.

March - April 2019

March - April 2019

March - April 2019

This issue of Illinois Heritage is another gift from our sterling contributors. John Hallwas’s beautiful tribute to Virginia Eifert gave us an opportunity to put her portrait as a five-year-old writer on the cover. Mark Flotow revisits Illinois’ Civil War camps and shares how the soldiers who served there remembered their wartime experiences. Kathleen Spaltro takes us to Preston Sturges’ “City of My Dreams” in a fascinating profile of a renowned filmmaker’s coming of age in Chicago, and Mike Kienzler explores hidden art in plain sight in Menard County.

On April 26, the Illinois State Historical Society invites all friends of Prairie State history to join us in Petersburg for the ISHS’s 120th annual meeting, a celebration of the BEST OF ILLINOIS HISTORY and the 100th anniversary of the re-establishing of the village of New Salem and the creation of the state historic site. This event includes the Annual Awards Banquet, as well as a guided afternoon tour of the park. Look for details in this issue of Illinois Heritage and on our webpage, http://www.historyillinois.org.

Table of Contents

Departments

  • To our readers
  • President's message
  • Letters
  • ISHS News
  • The Honor roll

Features

  • Forgotten Voices from Illinois History: Virginia Eifert
  • “City of My Dream”: The Chicago roots of playwright and filmmaker Preston Sturges
  • Photo essay: New Salem at 100 (Sample article)
  • Matters of necessity: The repurposing of Civil War camps Douglas, Butler, and Defiance
  • Petersburg’s hidden treasures: Menard County murals by national artists celebrate Lincoln and local lore (Sample article)

On the cover

Author, naturalist, environmentalist Virginia Eifert at age 5, learning her trade. Photo courtesy Western Illinois University Archives.

Issue Price$5.00
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