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A Johnny Appleseed Tree for McLean County

A Johnny Appleseed Tree for McLean...

Jeff Woodard and Bill Kemp of the McLean County Museum of History...

A Johnny Appleseed Tree for McLean County

A Johnny Appleseed Tree for McLean County

Jeff Woodard and Bill Kemp of the McLean County Museum of History plant their apple tree in Bloomington.
Frank Zajicek family farm on the west side of the Old Troy Road

Frank Zajicek family farm on the...

Members of the Zajicek family gather around the farmstead in the...

Frank Zajicek family farm on the west side of the Old Troy Road

Frank Zajicek family farm on the west side of the Old Troy Road

Members of the Zajicek family gather around the farmstead in the middle of a busy work day.
Nelson Montgomery farm

Nelson Montgomery farm

Owners Nelson and Eleanor Kindred Montgomery were among pioneer...

Nelson Montgomery farm

Nelson Montgomery farm

Owners Nelson and Eleanor Kindred Montgomery were among pioneer Madison County families and were married there in 1838.  Their home was featured in a lithograph in the 1873 Madison County Atlas and is...

 

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1/18/1819

Second session of the First General Assembly convenes at Kaskaskia. It would adjourn on March 31st.

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September - October 2017

  • 18 September 2017
  • Author: Gwen Podeschi
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September - October 2017
The coming of autumn conjures up memories of an America that
was and our connections to our state’s past. 
Visiting Shiloh Cemetery, the burial place of Thomas and Sarah Bush
Lincoln, leads to a reflection on the mortality of our ancestors, and
ultimately, to our own mortality.    Cemeteries are not so much a place to bury
the dead as they are a place where the once-living have finally settled down.  So it is with the stories passed down to us
over the years as we find our own way to pay tribute to the past by sharing the
tales in our turn.

Each of the 102 counties that make up Illinois has a wealth
of heritage to share with visitors and residents.  Whether we are selecting the perfect pumpkin
or biting into a crisp apple newly picked from the orchard, it is the time of
year when we can savor some of the harvest bounty of our state. 

With the September/October, 2017 Illinois Heritage embarks on a third decade of stories unique to
the Prairie State.  Share your Heritage.
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  • To Our Readers
  • President's Message
  • Letters
  • ISHS News
  • The Honor Roll

Features

  • Collinsville's Historic Treasure:  the D. D. Collins House, Newly Restored and Ready for the Bicentennial (Sample article)
  • Forgotten Voices of Illinois:  Albert Britt's Memoir of Rural Life, an America that Was
  • Celebrating 20 Years of Illinois Heritage (1997-2017)
  • How's Your Knowledge of Illinois History?  Douglas County Trivia
  • An Illinois Weatherman:  Charting Weather Phenomena in the Early 20th Century (Sample article)
  • Time Traveling in the Lower Illinois Valley (Sample article)
  • Seedlings for the Future:  Historic Bicentennial Trees Offered to Illinois Counties
  • Remember Me?  "Kulp for Congress"
  • Making History in Your Hometown:  Celebrate the Illinois Bicentennial with an Historic Markert! (Sample article)

Review

  • The Society of the Living Dead:  The Radium Girls:  the Dark Story of America's Shining Women, by Kate Moore (2017)

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