Friday, April 19, 2019



Slavery in Illinois: Slave Owners, Abolitionists, and the Underground Railroad

The Chicago History Museum and the Illinois Holocaust Museum

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Join Darrel Dexter, author of Bondage in Egypt: Slavery in Illinois, and Owen Muelder, author of The Underground Railroad in Western Illinois, as they discuss slave owners, abolitionists and the efforts to aid escaping slaves in Illinois. The Chicago History Museum’s Director of Curatorial Affairs, Charles Bethea, will moderate.

March - April 2019

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This issue of Illinois Heritage is another gift from our sterling contributors. John Hallwas’s beautiful tribute to Virginia Eifert gave us an opportunity to put her portrait as a five-year-old writer on the cover. Mark Flotow revisits Illinois’ Civil War camps and shares how the soldiers who served there remembered their wartime experiences. Kathleen Spaltro takes us to Preston Sturges’ “City of My Dreams” in a fascinating profile of a renowned filmmaker’s coming of age in Chicago, and Mike Kienzler explores hidden art in plain sight in Menard County.

On April 26, the Illinois State Historical Society invites all friends of Prairie State history to join us in Petersburg for the ISHS’s 120th annual meeting, a celebration of the BEST OF ILLINOIS HISTORY and the 100th anniversary of the re-establishing of the village of New Salem and the creation of the state historic site. This event includes the Annual Awards Banquet, as well as a guided afternoon tour of the park. Look for details in this issue of Illinois Heritage and on our webpage,

LeTourneau Steel House Historical Marker Dedication Ceremony

Wheels O'Time Museum

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On May 4, an ISHS historical marker will be dedicated at the site of the LeTourneau steel house. The restoration of the LeTourneau steel house was a cooperative project involving the Central Illinois Landmarks Foundation, the Peoria Historical Society and Wheels O’ Time Museum. 

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