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The Al Cine Place

The Al Cine Place

During the typhoid fever epidemic of 1915, the folks seen here rallied...

The Al Cine Place

The Al Cine Place

During the typhoid fever epidemic of 1915, the folks seen here rallied to the Cline family's aid by helping to harvest their corn corp.
Changing the way farming was done

Changing the way farming was done

Though steam power changed the way farming was done, it takes many...

Changing the way farming was done

Changing the way farming was done

Though steam power changed the way farming was done, it takes many hands working together to bring in the harvest.
Jacksonville Steam Show

Jacksonville Steam Show

Steam power revolutionized farming in the 19th century, plowing the...

Jacksonville Steam Show

Jacksonville Steam Show

Steam power revolutionized farming in the 19th century, plowing the way to Illinois's agriculture future.

 

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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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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.

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)

Volume 108 - Number 1 - Spring 2015

Volume 108 - Number 1 - Spring 2015
The present issue of the Journal takes us from the colorful din of the 1893 Chicago World's Fair to the bucolic downstate coal belt.

In "Types and Beauties: Evaluating the Exoticizing Women on the Midway Plaissand at the 1893 Columbian Exposition," Rachel Boyle traces the intersection of racial and gendered discourses in the representations of forgeign women published in suvenior books commemorating the World' Fair.

Lisa Cushing provides a fascinating article, "Hedgemony and Resistance at the World's Columbian Exposition: Simon Pokagon and The Red Man's Rebuke" situates a key moment at the Exposition - Chicago Day - in the ironic and often tragic history of ninteenth-century United State Indian policy. Which is a story of the city's birth and subsequent rise.

In "Strip Coal Mining and Reclamation in Fulton County, Illinois: An Environmental History", Greg Hall shifts the study of twentieth-century Illinois coal mining into the growing field of environmental history. Pushing beyond categories employed by social, economic and labor historians, Hall uses Fulton County as a case study in what an envonmental history of Illinois coal mining might look like.

UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS AT SPRINGFIELD WEPNER SYMPOSIUM ON THE LINCOLN LEGACY AN...

UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS AT SPRINGFIELD
WEPNER SYMPOSIUM ON THE LINCOLN LEGACY AND
CONTEMPORARY AFFAIRS,
June 25-27, 2015,
PROVISIONAL PROGRAM
**FREE ADMISSION!!**

THEME:
Emancipation, Counter-Emancipation, and the 21st Century: Is Racial
Inequality Disappearing?
Day One (June 25)
5:00 Reception (PAC Restaurant)
Lynn Pardie, Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Provost,
University of Illinois at Springfield

6:00
Brookens Auditorium
Presiding: J. Mark Wrighton, Dean, College of Public Affairs and Public
Administration
"Emancipation and Counter-Emancipation: Republican Failure and Democratic Victory

"From the Lincoln Presidency to the Doorsteps of our Own Time,"
,Matthew Holden, Jr. (University of Illinois at
Springfield)

“Gilded Age Doughfaces: Northern Democrats, the Counter-Emancipation, and the Abandonment of Black Americans,”
David Bateman (Cornell University)

Day 2: (June 26) UIS Public Affairs Center (Room D)
Morning Session (8:30-12)

Presiding: Shamira Gelbman, Wabash College

Neal Allen, Wichita State University,
The Limits of Emancipation: Black Americans and White Southern
Dominance of American Politics from the Founding to the Twenty-First Century

“Black Stereotypes From Slavery to Jim Crow to the 21st Century,”
Lorena Sue Johnson (Center for State
Policy and Leadership, University of Illinois at Springfield)

Eileen Mackevich, “The Lost Opportunity: The Approach of James A.
Garfield

“Barack Obama and the Big Chill: Hollow-Prize Executives and Their Counter-Emancipatory Successors,”
James W. Ingram III (San Diego State University)
and Shoon Lio (University of Illinois at Springfield)

Lunch (Individual choice) 12-1:15 p.m.)
After-lunch Session (1:30-4:30)
Public Affairs Center

Presiding:
Alvin Tillery, Northwestern University
Megan Ming Francis, University of Washington, (Via remote video)
“The Revival of the Civil Rights Challenge by Litigation”
Khalilah Brown-Dean (Quinnipiac University):

Selma as a measure of the revived civil rights challenge/
report on African American Political Participation in the 21st
Century (adapted from work via the Joint
Center for Political and Economic Studies)”
Kay McChesney, University of Illinois at Springfield, “How Implicit Bias and
Color-Blind Racism Maintain Racial Inequality in the 21st
Century”

Final Day:
(June 27)
Old State Capital
Revisiting “The House Divided,”
Lynn Pardie, University of Illinois at Springfield
9:00-10:30 Degrees of Inequality, Degrees of Freedom:
What are the Measures of Inequality Now?

Roundtable discussion of ordinary experience and
data-driven evaluation

Commentator/Discussant: Valeria Sinclair-Chapman, Purdue University
11:00
“Is the house divided racially in the thinking and feeling of educated people? ‘Lincoln and the African Americans/The African Americans and Lincoln’”
Matthew Holden, Jr.
Based upon Merrill D. Peterson, John Hope Franklin, Benjamin Quarles, and Lerone Bennett
12:00 Adjourn

Clara Irwin’s Strawberry Party Fun for everyone! Bring the whole family! SATURD...

Clara Irwin’s Strawberry Party
Fun for everyone! Bring the whole family!

SATURDAY JULY 4, 2015
5:00 TO 8:00, ELIJAH ILES HOUSE
PLEASE COME AND MEET YOUR FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS AT THE BEAUTIFUL 1837 HOME OF A SPRINGFIELD FOUNDING FAMILY, ELIJAH AND MALINDA ILES.

SEVENTH AND COOK STREETS, SPRINGFIELD, ILLINOIS

Games for Kids Live Music Tours of the Historic House
BURGERS, HOTDOGS, BRATS AND SIDES, HOMEMADE STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE AND SUNDAES

DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE PARTICIPATORY READING
STRAWBERRY DAIQUIRIS
LINCOLN FUNERAL PHOTOGRAPHS / CAMP BUTLER EXHIBITS
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