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WE’RE ALMOST THERE!

WE’RE ALMOST THERE!

The ISHS’s Illinois bicentennial year project to place a framed,  30"...

WE’RE ALMOST THERE!

WE’RE ALMOST THERE!

The ISHS’s Illinois bicentennial year project to place a framed,  30" x 40" portrait of Abraham Lincoln in all 102 county courthouses is almost finished.
State mineral helped end World War II

State mineral helped end World War...

The Aluminum Ore Company of Rosiclare is shown in the early 1940s.

State mineral helped end World War II

State mineral helped end World War II

The Aluminum Ore Company of Rosiclare is shown in the early 1940s.
The Bates Motel: A case study in the importance of the ordinary

The Bates Motel: A case study in...

Motels offered security and comfort in a domestic style familiar to...

The Bates Motel: A case study in the importance of the ordinary

The Bates Motel: A case study in the importance of the ordinary

Motels offered security and comfort in a domestic style familiar to post-war auto travelers.

 

Today in history

10/18/1924

"Red" Grange (1904-1991), the "Galloping Ghost" scores four touchdowns in 12 minutes against the University of Michigan defense at the University of Illinois' new Memorial Stadium.

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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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Submit your Bicentennial event

Do you have an exciting local history news story or an event that you would like to share? Use this form to submit it and after a quick review it will be added to our news roll or events calendar. There is even a special category for Bicentennial events. The goal is to add news and events from all over the state to celebrate Illinois’ rich history. Get involved and get the word out about news and events in your area.

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September - October 2017

  • 18 September 2017
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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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