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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

11/15/1915

The first annual conference of the Illinois Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives is held in Decatur. The official name of the organization adopted at that meeting was "Illinois Commercial Secretaries Association."

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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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November - December 2017
/ Categories: Illinois Heritage

November - December 2017


The Prairie State kicks off its 200th birthday party celebration on December 3, 2017, and the Illinois State Historical Society invites you to let us know what you are doing in your county to celebrate this milestone.  Our website features an Events calendar that will highlight your events--bicentennial or otherwise historical--but only if you go to www.historyillinois.org and submit your information.  Let us help you get the word out and while you're there, check out "Today in Illinois History" for a sampling of what people have been doing here for the last two hundred years or so.

Our year-end issue of Illinois Heritage is a veritable feast of delights.  John Hallwas and Kathleen Spaltro highlight writers with Illinois connections and Cindy Reinhardt takes us to the "almost lost" town of Montgomery Station.  Continue farther down into Egypt with photographer Gary DeNeal for a look at misty autumn moments downstate.

As we come to year's end, it's also time to reflect back on our Johnny Appleseed trees--all of which have gone to good homes throughout the state, and look forward to recognizing historic businesses and churches in Illinois.  If you have a business in your town that is 100 years old or a church that is 150 years old (or older), please consider nominating them for recognition by the ISHS.  Applications for both programs can be found in this issue.

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Table of Contents

Departments

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

Features

  • Honoring Sop-Ho-Kab:  Early Native American East Dubuque resident honored with a historical marker of her own (Sample article)
  • Forgotten Voices from Illinois History:  Early fiction writer Mary Hartwell Catherwood
  • Educating Mary Frances Kennedy:  M.F.K. Fisher remembers Illinois (Sample article)
  • On Community.  Nettie:  A tragic story about a girl at the poor farm
  • Montgomery Station--established 1893:  A history and tour of several historic pre-Civil War homes (Sample article)
  • Fall and Fog in Southern Illinois:  There's no place more magical in autumn than Egypt
  • Illinois Women Artists, Part 31:  Grace Ravlin:  a wartime interlude--an artist returns home (Sample article)
  • Road Trip
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