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Bicentennial symposium celebrates 200+ years of Illinois History

Bicentennial symposium celebrates...

No celebration is complete without cake and the state's bicentennial...

Bicentennial symposium celebrates 200+ years of Illinois History

Bicentennial symposium celebrates 200+ years of Illinois History

No celebration is complete without cake and the state's bicentennial commemoration had a slice for everyone?
Roots and revery

Roots and revery

How much prairie is left in the Prairie State? In 1818, there were...

Roots and revery

Roots and revery

How much prairie is left in the Prairie State? In 1818, there were about 22 million acres of native tallgrass prairie. In 1978 only 2,500 acres remained.
Built to last

Built to last

Robert Gilmore LeTourneau's all-steel "Carefree Home" undergoes...

Built to last

Built to last

Robert Gilmore LeTourneau's all-steel "Carefree Home" undergoes renovation in Peoria.

 

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3/22/1872

Illinois passes the first law in the country prohibiting discrimination in employment because of gender.

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Volume 111 - Number 1–2 - Spring/Summer 2018

  • 23 August 2018
  • Author: Mark Hubbard
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Volume 111 - Number 1–2 - Spring/Summer 2018

VOLUME 111 NO. 1-2 is our second consecutive double-issue commemorates Illinois’ 200th anniversary of state­hood. For those of us laboring in the historical profession and cognate fields—academically affiliated scholars and their students, unaffiliated scholars and researchers, public historians, museum professionals, archi­vists and librarians, and the like—anniversaries are moments to reflect upon disciplinary practice. They are, in other words, splendid occasions to reckon with the past, take stock of the present, and imagine the future. The last two major anniversaries of Illinois statehood—the centennial and sesquicentennial—produced landmark works of state history that collectively established the main contours of scholarship on the Prairie State well into the twentieth century. (These works, and our intellectual debts to them, are identified in the articles that follow.) The current issue of the Journal, “Illinois History: A Bicentennial Appraisal,” is offered in the same spirit. We seek to highlight the connections between the past—the history of this land called Illinois; the present—the current state of professional history about this land; and the future—how we might fruit­fully reframe and re-present this land’s history moving forward. The first six essays offer insightful sur­veys of recent trends in historical scholarship on Illinois from the colonial era to the very recent past. The historiographical essays mark the most important developments in historical scholarship on Illinois over the last thirty years or so, a necessary first-step in generating new research agendas and ultimately new narratives. The final two essays examine the practice of public history in Illinois, as it stands today. The cautionary les­sons learned from museum professionals and other practitioners of pub­lic history—declining public investments, conflicting political agendas, the growing role of local initiative, and most crucially, greater reliance on private resources—should alert us all to the need for an historical practice that informs, connects, and enriches diverse audiences and stakeholders.

Articles

"Le Pays des Illinois Finds its Context: The Early History of Illinois in a Continental Perspective"
Robert Michael Morrissey

"Midcontinent Borderlands: Illinois and the Early American Republic, 1774–1854"
John Craig Hammond

"Illinois at the High Tide: The Era of the Civil War, 1848–1870"
Theodore J. Karamanski

"Illinois in the Gilded Age and Progressive Era: The State of the Field at the Bicentennial"
Maureen A. Flanagan

"Illinois and the Interwar Years, 1914 to 1945"
Debra A. Reid

"In the Shadow of Chicago: Postwar Illinois Historiography"
Ann Durkin Keating

"Museums 2.0: Lessons for Illinois Museums for the Next 200 Years"
Laura Milsk Fowler

"Working to Connect: Oral Histories of Illinois Public Historians at the State Bicentennial"
Amy M. Tyson

 



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