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The People's Building

The People's Building

The Illinois State Capitol is known as the people's building. The...

The People's Building

The People's Building

The Illinois State Capitol is known as the people's building. The July-August 2018 issue of Illinois Heritage is a special issue devoted to the building with three unique stories about the capitol. 
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Protect your family history

Make sure your efforts to preserve the past are not endangering it.

Protect your family history

Protect your family history

Make sure your efforts to preserve the past are not endangering it.
The Illinois Supreme Court in the State Capitol

The Illinois Supreme Court in the...

The Illinois Supreme Court chambers as they looked when the court was...

The Illinois Supreme Court in the State Capitol

The Illinois Supreme Court in the State Capitol

The Illinois Supreme Court chambers as they looked when the court was housed inside the Illinois statehouse from 1878-1907.

 

Today in history

8/15/1812

Native Americans attack U.S. troops and civilians during their evacuation of Ft. Dearborn, killing 52 of the evacuees.

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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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May - June 2017

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May - June 2017
With this issue of the Heritage, we welcome our new President Leah Axelrod to the helm.  Leah has been a member for 20+ years and she is the fifth woman to serve as ISHS President since 1899.  Thanks are due to Randall Saxon as he steps down to take life a little easier, if that is possible for a gardener.  

Readers of this issue will enjoy a little bit of everything, from John Hallwas's look at the life of naturalist Donald Culross Peattie to Michael Sublett's look at a proposed 103rd Illinois county, named for wildlife painter John James Audubon.  We are also pleased to share Verna Ross Orndorff scholarship winner Anna Sielaff's essay on Lincoln's Gettysburg Address.   

Thanks to our Society members for keeping the lantern burning and the rivers gently flowing!  Share your Heritage!
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Departments

Features

  • Forgotten Voices of Illinois History:  Naturalist Donald Culross Peattie and His 
  • It's Earlier than You Think
  • Photos from the Shawnee National Forest
  • 2017 ISHS Annual Awards
  • Highlights from the 2017 Illinois History Symposium
  • Lost Illinois:  Audubon, Audubon County (Sample Article)
  • 2017 Verna Ross Orndorff Award Scholarship Essay
  • Road Trip
  • "A Question of History" Illinois Bicentennial Essay (Sample Article)

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Lost Illinois:  Audubon, Audubon County by Michael Sublett
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"A Question of History" Illinois Bicentennial Essay
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