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The Origin of the National Memorial Day

The Origin of the National Memorial...

On May 5, 1868, General John A. Logan, as Commander-in-Chief of the...

The Origin of the National Memorial Day

The Origin of the National Memorial Day

On May 5, 1868, General John A. Logan, as Commander-in-Chief of the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR), issued General Order No. 11 designating May 30 “for the purpose of strewing with flowers or...
Foundations of Faith

Foundations of Faith

ISHS hosts sesquicentennial house of worship luncheon

Foundations of Faith

Foundations of Faith

ISHS hosts sesquicentennial house of worship luncheon
Remember the Ladies

Remember the Ladies

More than 50 Illinois towns were named for women--now mostly forgotten

Remember the Ladies

Remember the Ladies

More than 50 Illinois towns were named for women--now mostly forgotten

 

Today in history

6/18/1844

Joseph Smith, founder of the Mormon church, delivers his last public sermon. He and his brother Hyrum were murdered nine days later in the Carthage jail.

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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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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 2016

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September - October 2016
This issue of the magazine highlights two themes:
  1. Sesquicentennial houses of worship around the state.
  2. Agriculture and related topics throughout the state.

Sesquicentennial Churches are chosen from across Illinois based on the following criteria: Minutes of early church board meetings, marriage or baptismal records, grant of official charter, contemporary newspaper advertisements or articles, old city directories. ISHS looks forward to honoring more than 33 Sesquicentennial Churches for the fidelity and witness to others over 150 years of faithfulness to their calling.

Agriculture in Illinois has a long and quite amazing history as one follows the movement and settlements which sprung up in, during and long after pioneer period. Karl Bodmer, a Swiss artist (circa 1832) painted a scenic view of a farm on the southern prairie. It is a good study of the French style of an American Bottom settlement.

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  • Introduction to Agricultural Issue (Sample Article)
  • Illinois Farm Bureau turns 100
  • Jacksonville steam show: A venture into the old world of steam machines (Sample Article)
  • Green futures: African-American farming in Pembroke Township, Kankakee County
  • Forgotten Voices of Illinois History: Poor settlers on the prairie, Rebecca Burlends memoir
  • Alfred Montgomery: Unconventional ;farmer-painter' of corn
  • Dr. John Albert Kennicott: Illinois agriculturist, writer and educator
  • A.E. Staley, Decatur's agribusiness titan: How a North Carolina tobacco plug salesman became the world's king of corn and soy
  • The Al Cline place: A picturesque place of prairie productivity (Sample Article)
  • Milk and dairying: A suggestion for celebrating the Illinois bicentennial
  • Illinois Women Artist series, Part 28: Alice Kellogg Tyler
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