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Recalling busier days along Route 36

Recalling busier days along Route...

The Town n' Country Motel sign points the way to cabins which were...

Recalling busier days along Route 36

Recalling busier days along Route 36

The Town n' Country Motel sign points the way to cabins which were once part of The Shady Rest motel court, operated a mile south of Chrisman.  It catered to a post-war tourist boom in the 1950s when...
A close play at home plate in the Cubs old West Side Park

A close play at home plate in the...

The Chicago Cubs played in West Side Park from 1893 to 1915, as shown...

A close play at home plate in the Cubs old West Side Park

A close play at home plate in the Cubs old West Side Park

The Chicago Cubs played in West Side Park from 1893 to 1915, as shown on this pre-linen postcard featuring the wooden grandstand.  The old Cook County Hospital is visible in the background. (Postcard...
Dairy Desserts

Dairy Desserts

Stop in at The Creamery in Chandlerville for a lemon chiffon soft...

Dairy Desserts

Dairy Desserts

Stop in at The Creamery in Chandlerville for a lemon chiffon soft serve cone on a warm summer day.  (photo by William Furry)

 

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Illinois Heritage is our publication designed to encourage various professional, amateur historians and the general public to explore and write about Prairie State history for a broad audience.

The Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society is the scholarly publication with peer-reviewed Journal articles, essays, and documents about history, literature, art technology, law, and other subjects related to Illinois and the Midwest.

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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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Amazon is one of the most widely used websites in the world. Just by shopping you can help support ISHS and our mission. For each of your eligible purchases the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate up to .5% of the purchase price toward ISHS. To find out how to participate and help ISHS using Amazon Smile click "More Info" below.

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May-June 2015 - Chicago neighborhoods

Cities within cities-cultures and communities (Volume 18 / Number 3)

May-June 2015 - Chicago neighborhoods
On the Cover: "The Chicago Bean," symbol of the city's growth, rebirth, and regeneration. Photo courtesy City of Chicago.

This issue of Illinois Heritage is chockablock with interesting snapshots of the "City of Neighborhoods," as Chicago is sometimes known. Sherry Williams offers and account of growing up African American in the Englewood neighborhood during the tumultuous Civil Rights era. Speaking of "two Chicagos, one black, and one white, separate and unequal," Christopher Ramsey details the ups and downs of the Chicago Lawn neighborhood, commonly known as Marquette Park. And Devin Hunter adapts his Laoyola University dissertation on Uptown to share with us what he's learned about on of Chicago's more intriguing neighborhoods. Just north of Uptown is Andersonville, an old Swedish neighborhood that today is home to one of the largest gay and lesbian communities in all the Midwest. Peter Ellertsen tells us about this neighborhood - then and now. Ray Hanania examines the history of Arabs - Christian and Muslim  - both in the city and suburbs. Last, William Fury takes the reader on a sensory-filled tour of Chinatown.

As always, happy reading... Bill Kemp (Guest Editor)

July-August 2015

An end to Summer (Volume 18 / Number 4)

July-August 2015
On the Cover: "Prairie coneflowers in bloom", taken behind the historical Strawbridge-Sherpherd House on the campus of the University of Illinois Springfield. The house, headquarters of the Illinois State Historical Society, was listen on the National Register of Historical Places in June. Photo by William Fury.

To our readers:

The summer of 2015 is almost history, and the corn crop that was six-feet high by the 4th of July is already thinking about winter markets in Asia. We at the ISHS are thinking about the future too, and we invite you to talk with us about our Third Century Fund, a special campaign to prepare the Society for the challenges of telling our state's history to future generations. To make a contribution to this fund, please call Tara Winter at 217-525-2781. Your support is crucial to the long-term success of the Society.

November - December 2015

November - December 2015
On the Cover: A young visitor to the Lincoln Tomb in Springfield considers the price of citizenship in a nation "of the people, by the people, for the people." Photo by Jody Kienzler

To our Readers:

The leaves have turned and fallen, and the mercury continues to dip below the comfort zone. As of the writing the Illinois General Assembly and Governor Rauner are frozen solid with no thaw of the state budget in sight. For many state employees and service providers, it looks like the winter of discontent is already upon us.

January - February 2016

January - February 2016

This issue of Illinois Heritage has much to offer our loyal readers: A profile of John Wood, Illinois' 12th governor and the founder of Quincy; a history of the Mormon Template in Nauvoo and what archaeologists have recently discovered on the site; a Collinsville landmark that roadside travelers relish; and the story of the Fansteel sit-down strike and how it changed labor relations in the nation. Thanks to our several contributors for making this issue possible. Of course we have included the latest Society news, announcements, programs, tours, and historical marker dedications around the state.

It's all good reading in Illinois Heritage. I suggest a warm cup of cider, a mug of hot chocolate, or your favorite winter beverage to begin your adventure in Illinois history.

September - October 2016

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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