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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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Publications

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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Annual Funding Appeal

Please make a gift today. Illinois history isn't the same without you!

Annual Funding Appeal

Dear friends of the Illinois State Historical Society,

The year 2015 is almost history, but your Society continues its mission “to foster awareness, understanding, research, preservation and recognition of history in Illinois.” With the Illinois bicentennial now only two years away, we look forward to commemorating and celebrating with you two centuries of Prairie State history.

2016 Annual Tour Recap - From Immigrant to Elite

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2016 Annual Tour Recap - From Immigrant to Elite

2016 Illinois State Historical Society annual tour, "From Immigrant to Elite," a moveable feast of sites and sounds and edible wonders in Chicago. We did it all in one day! Take a look at the photo gallery within to see all the excitement that happened and the places we visited.

Just think, less than a year till the next one!

Historic Churches to be Honored

Historic Churches to be Honored
The Illinois State Historical Society invites 150-year-old Illinois houses of worship to apply for official recognition as "Illinois Sesquicentennial Churches." Congregations that have continuously met since 1866 or earlier are invited to apply for the designation (synagogues too) through the Society's Sesquicentennial Church program. Applications are available on-line at www.historyillinois.org, or from the Society. Call 217-525-2781 for an application. The deadline for applications is June 30, 2016. Houses of worship will be honored at a special luncheon this fall in Peoria.

UPDATE: Application deadline extended, submit your house of worship today.
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Cubs vs Cardinals

Cubs vs Cardinals

Vote for your favorite team by visiting the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum’s newest exhibit in Springfield, Illinois! Take an interactive look at the historic baseball rivalry between the Chicago Cubs and St. Louis Cardinals. You will learn more about each team’s history and see original relics from the players, managers, broadcasters, and owners who built each franchise.

Put Abraham Lincoln back in your courthouse!

Society offers exquisite Prairie Lawyer photograph to Illinois county courthouses

Every Illinois courthouse needs a superior photograph of Abraham Lincoln, not as the 16h President, but as he looked when an  Illinois lawyer. This handsome canvas portrait,  made from the original glass-plate positive images owned by the Illinois State Historical Society, will turn heads and hearts.
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