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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

12/9/1846

Augustus C. French is inaugurated as Governor, distinguished as the last Governor to assume office in December. Following the adoption of the state's 2nd Constitution in 1848, terms of office would begin in January following the election year.

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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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Volume 109 – Number 4 – Winter 2016

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Volume 109 – Number 4 – Winter 2016

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In "Days of Jubilee: Emancipation Day Celebrations in Chicago, 1853-1877," Amber Bailey documents the rich history of black activism in celebration of emancipation. Bailey makes clear that Emancipation Day celebrations constituted a vibrant civic tradition that galvanized community bonds, forged a shared identity based on the history of race and slavery in America, and provided one context for asserting the prerogatives of freedom in public life.

In "Illumination or Illusion: Women Inventors at the 1893 World's Columbian Fair," Denise E. Pilato examines how the work of women inventors was "promoted, judged, and valued." Pilato finds that prevailing ideas about women and domesticity limited the cultural and professional terrain available to these women inventors.

Finally, in "From Peer to Obscurity: Julius Moessel and the Fall of an Artistic Reputation," Mark Alvey examines the career of German-born Chicago painter Julius Moessel to raise broader questions about how artistic cannons are made and who gets included in them.

Book Reviews


James F. Jaquess: Scholar, Soldier, and Private Agent for President Lincoln. By Patricia B. Burnette.
Reviewed By: T.J. Vaughan

Lens of War: Exploring Iconic Photographs of the Civil War. Edited by Matthew Gallman and Gary Gallagher.
Reviewed By: Samuel Blackwell

A Black Gambler's World of Liquor, Vice, and Presidential Politics: William Thomas Scott of Illinois, 1839-1917. By Bruce L. Mouser.
Reviewed By: Bryan M. Jack

The Life and Death of Gus Reed: A Story of Race and Justice in Illinois during the Civil War and Reconstruction. By Thomas Bahde.
Reviewed By: John R. McKivigan

Sensing Chicago: Noisemakers, Strikebreakers, and Muckrakers. By Adam Mack.
Reviewed By: Ann Durkin Keating

South Side Girls: Growing Up in the Great Migration
. By Marcia Chatelain.
Reviewed By: Shirley J. Portwood

The University of Chicago: A History. By John W. Boyer.
Reviewed By: David W. Scott

A City Called Heaven: Chicago and the Birth of Gospel Music. By Robert M. Marovich.
Reviewed By: Robert Pruther

Reagan's Legacy in a World Transformed. Edited by Jeffrey L. Chidester and Paul Kengor.
Reviewed By: Anthony O. Edmonds

Obama at War: Congress and the Imperial Presidency. By Ryan C. Hendrickson.
Reviewed By: Paul R. Edleman
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