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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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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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LINCOLN FUNERAL COALITION announces Springfield program for 150th anniversary of...

LINCOLN FUNERAL COALITION announces Springfield program for 150th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's assassination and funeral.


Minnie Minosa accepted the ISHS Centennial Awards for the Chicago White Sox in 2...

Minnie Minosa accepted the ISHS Centennial Awards for the Chicago White Sox in 2003. He was an excellent ambassador for the Sox, Chicago, and for major league baseball. Thank you, Minnie, for playing the game well and inspiring others to achieve excellence on and off the ball field.


Chicago White Sox Great Minnie Minoso Has Died
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Minoso died Sunday. He was the first black ballplayer to take the field for the Sox. A seven-time All Star, he is not in the Hall of Fame.

Louisiana cuisine and the Battle of New Orleans! Oooooh-wheeee! The UIS Alumni...

Louisiana cuisine and the Battle of New Orleans! Oooooh-wheeee!

The UIS Alumni SAGE Society and the Illinois State Historical Society hosted the first "Lunch and Learn" program of the season this afternoon in the UIS Public Affairs Center. The menu included gumbo, dirty rice, Ponchartrain salad, green beans, roast pork, and chocolate bread pudding and a discussion of Cajun versus Creole cooking, led by UIS chef Howard Seidel (bottom photo). Dale Phillips, Superintendent of the Lincoln Home National Historic Site, then spoke of the historical significance of The Battle of New Orleans (the 200th anniversary was January 8, 2015) in American history, and its larger meaning for territorial expansion and statehood for Illinois. It was an engaging and compelling program, which followed a most delicious Louisiana luncheon. The next "Lunch and Learn" program, "Holocaust and Civil Liberties," will be held on Thursday, March 12, and feature Rabbi Barry Marks (Temple Israel) and Dr. Karen Eisenhardt (UIS). For more information call 217-206-7395.


A public appeal To all members and friends of the Marissa Historical and Geneal...

A public appeal

To all members and friends of the Marissa Historical and Genealogical Society:

We would like all of you to know that at 11:57 p.m. on Friday, January 30, our local fire department was called to a fire at our historical “Academy Building”, where we maintained a museum and library, and what our Historical and Genealogical Society called “home.” The next day city workers and many others began moving everything that could be salvaged to an empty building in Marissa. These items will need to be cleaned and the smoke odor removed.

The Village of Marissa has been very cooperative and plans to rebuild at the same site in the village park. Many people are asking what they can do to help. One of the things we know we will need are items for our museum. We had many pictures, mining artifacts, and Marissa artifacts in the museum. If you have any coal-mining artifacts or museum items that you would like to donate please contact the Village Hall and they will take your name and address and a listing of what you’d like to place (or replace) in our museum. When the new building is ready, they will contact you and proceed with placing the items in the museum. The phone number for the Village Hall is 618-295-2351.

The genealogical library held many books on county histories, family histories, church and cemetery records, military records, etc. If you have any of these types of items that you would like to donate to the library you can send the information to the Society at P. O. Bo 245, Marissa, Illinois 62257-0245, or email us at: Jettonk@frontier.com.

Our Society has a opened a special account at the Village Bank here in Marissa for donations. If you would like to make a monetary donation, make your check to:

MHGS Restoration Fund
c/o Village Bank
720 East Lyons
Marissa, IL 62257

Due to the loss of our computer in the fire, we currently are unable to do maintenance on our website: marissahgs.org. For updates on our progress in setting up a temporary office, or rebuilding, please go to our Facebook page (Marissa Historical & Genealogical Society).

Equipment for printing the quarterlies was destroyed in the fire. We are currently in the process of replacing that equipment and we hope to get the February 2015 quarterly out as soon as possible.

Marissa Historical & Genealogical Executive Board


Making cheese at Lincoln Log Cabin Lincoln Log Cabin offers workshop with noted...

Making cheese at Lincoln Log Cabin
Lincoln Log Cabin offers workshop with noted cheesemaker on March 28

LERNA, Ill. – Abraham Lincoln grew up in a time and place where families had to make most of their food, including cheese. Now the Lincoln Log Cabin State Historic Site is offering visitors a chance to learn the craft of making cheese from one of the Midwest’s top artisans.

After spending March 28 learning from Merryl Winstein, students will be able to go home and start making all their favorite cheeses using either goat’s or cow’s milk.

Winstein, of St. Louis, has been making cheese and teaching the skill for more than 22 years. “I feel deeply honored to be able to spread the craft. I took years to find out what to do, but you don't have to waste all that time searching, because I will teach you all I can,” she says.

Participants in the full-day workshop will use all their senses to observe changing textures and aromas and learn how to control acidity, pH, moisture, temperature and salt in order to create consistently delicious cheeses. The group will make a basic hard-pressed cheese like the French Tomme, a cloth-bound cheddar, Camembert/Brie, chevre/fromage blanc, yogurt, sour cream and hand-ladled ricotta.

The workshop costs $95. To pay and reserve space, visit www.lincolnlogcabin.org and click on the Paypal link or mail a check to the Lincoln Log Cabin Foundation, 402 S. Lincoln Highway Rd., Lerna, IL 62440. Please indicate payment is for the workshop.

Lincoln Log Cabin State Historic Site, a part of the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency, is located just eight miles south of Charleston. It is a part of the Abraham Lincoln National heritage Area and preserves the 1840s farm home of Thomas and Sarah Bush Lincoln, parents of Abraham Lincoln.

To learn more about the site, visit www.facebook.com\lincolnlogcabin or www.lincolnlogcabin.org or call (217) 345-1845.


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