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Studying past lives in Grayslake Cemetery

Studying past lives in Grayslake...

Raquel Harris's 5th graders used information from headstones to delve...

Studying past lives in Grayslake Cemetery

Studying past lives in Grayslake Cemetery

Raquel Harris's 5th graders used information from headstones to delve into the history of their community.
From origins in a small Robinson confectionary to mass production

From origins in a small Robinson...

Heath toffee bars satisfied WW II soldiers in the field and are still...

From origins in a small Robinson confectionary to mass production

From origins in a small Robinson confectionary to mass production

Heath toffee bars satisfied WW II soldiers in the field and are still made today, thanks to their demand.
Waiting for Johnny Appleseed Trees at the Strawbridge Shepherd House

Waiting for Johnny Appleseed Trees...

October 4th found several anxious recipients of Johnny Appleseed trees...

Waiting for Johnny Appleseed Trees at the Strawbridge Shepherd House

Waiting for Johnny Appleseed Trees at the Strawbridge Shepherd House

October 4th found several anxious recipients of Johnny Appleseed trees waiting for the delivery to arrive some two hours behind schedule.  Patient tree patrons were rewarded!

 

Today in history

2/19/1934

Fire destroys the Illinois State Arsenal in Springfield and the state's files stored there. Ten days later a 10-year-old boy admitted to Governor Henry Horner that he set the fire because he liked to see buildings burn.

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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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Volume 109 - Number 1 - Spring 2016

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Volume 109 - Number 1 - Spring 2016

Articles

“How Newness Enters the World”: Cultural Creolization in Swedish-American Hymnals Published at Augustana College, 1901-1925
 - By Peter Ellertsen

Sacrificing for a “Just Cause”:
The World War I Memoir of Edward F. Paule, U.S. Engineers
 - By
Jeffrey L. Patrick

Moral Imperatives and Political Realities:
Edward Marciniak and the Fight to End Chicago’s Dual Housing Market
 -
By Charles Shanabruch

Book Reviews

St. Louis Rising: The French Regime of Louis St. Ange de Bellerive. By Carl J. Ekberg and Sharon K. Person.

Reviewed by: Michael C. Batinski

 

American Crucifixion: The Murder of Joseph Smith and the Fate of the Mormon Church. By Alex Beam.

Reviewed by: Danny Aaron Russell

 

Nauvoo and Hancock County, Illinois: A Guide to Family History and Historical Sources. By Kip Sperry.

Reviewed by: Brady G. Winslow

 

American Vandal: Mark Twain Abroad.<b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"> By Roy Morris, Jr.

Reviewed by: Joy Schulz

 

Midwest Maize: How Corn Shaped the U.S. Heartland. By Cynthia Clampitt.

Reviewed by: Wayne Ratzlaff

 

Crack of the Bat: A History of Baseball on the Radio. By James R. Walker.

Reviewed by: John E. Miller

 

Indian Spectacle: College Mascots and the Anxiety of Modern America. By Jennifer Guiliano.

Reviewed by: Kelli Y. Nakamura

 

“Dear Mrs. Griggs”: Women Readers Pour Out Their Hearts from the Heartland. By Genevieve McBride and Stephen Byers.

Reviewed by: Elizabeth Green

 

Corrupt Illinois: Patronage, Cronyism, and Criminality. By Thomas J. Gradel and Dick Simpson.

Reviewed by: Judy Stafstrom

 

Bird: The Life and Music of Charlie Parker. By Chuck Haddix.

Reviewed by: Steve Shanley

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