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Helping hands for Illinois history

Helping hands for Illinois history

PORTA High School Building Trades students make repairs to the...

Helping hands for Illinois history

Helping hands for Illinois history

PORTA High School Building Trades students make repairs to the birthplace of Edgar Lee Masters
A Sharp Eye on History at the Strawbridge-Shepherd House

A Sharp Eye on History at the...

ISHS Staff at the Strawbridge-Shepherd House in Springfield often...

A Sharp Eye on History at the Strawbridge-Shepherd House

A Sharp Eye on History at the Strawbridge-Shepherd House

ISHS Staff at the Strawbridge-Shepherd House in Springfield often observe turkey vultures roosting on chimneys and in the treetops.  Resident groundhogs should be careful!
Looking for Audubon, Illinois

Looking for Audubon, Illinois

The road from Audubon Cemetery leads to the lost village of Audubon in...

Looking for Audubon, Illinois

Looking for Audubon, Illinois

The road from Audubon Cemetery leads to the lost village of Audubon in Montgomery County, Illinois

 

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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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Historical Markers

There are several ways for you to find markers. You can search by either navigating the county map or our new feature will use your current location to identify markers which are in your area.

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Latest News

May - June 2017

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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Volume 110 - Number 1 - Spring 2017

VOLUME 110 OF THE JOURNAL opens with three studies of post–
World War II Illinois history. In “‘Names and Appearances are often Inde-
terminate:’ Quandaries over Identifying Jews in Chicago, 1953–1961,” Kelly
King-O’Brien examines the conversations between Chicago-based Jewish
agencies, President Eisenhower’s Committee on Government Contracts
(PCGC), and private employers accused of discriminatory practices. 
Ann Durkin Keating treats another facet of civic life that shaped the
postwar liberal order in “‘Behind the Suburban Curtain:’ The Campaign
for Open Occupancy in Naperville.” In our final article, “‘ The Dwindling
Legacy that is Food for Mice and Flames:’ Discovery and Preservation
of Illinois Historic Newspapers through the Illinois Digital Newspaper
Project, 2009–2015,” Marek Sroka and Tracy Nectoux trace the history
of newspaper preservation in Illinois up through our current digital age.  


Making history

  • 24 April 2017
  • Category: Events
The 2017 Annual Illinois History Awards were presented on Saturday, April 22 in conjunction with the closing ceremonies of the Illinois State Historical Society’s annual Illinois History Symposium, “1917, Year of Turmoil: War and Suffrage.” The Symposium and annual Awards Luncheon were held in the Trutter Center on the beautiful campus of Lincoln Land Community College in Springfield.

Federation of Genealogical Societies national conference in Pittsburgh Aug. 30-Sept. 2

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  • 10 April 2017
  • Category: Events
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