March - April 2019
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, http://www.historyillinois.org.
|Table of Contents|
- To our readers
- President's message
- ISHS News
- The Honor roll
- Forgotten Voices from Illinois History: Virginia Eifert
- “City of My Dream”: The Chicago roots of playwright and filmmaker Preston Sturges
- Photo essay: New Salem at 100 (Sample article)
- Matters of necessity: The repurposing of Civil War camps Douglas, Butler, and Defiance
- Petersburg’s hidden treasures: Menard County murals by national artists celebrate Lincoln and local lore (Sample article)
On the cover
Author, naturalist, environmentalist Virginia Eifert at age 5, learning her trade. Photo courtesy Western Illinois University Archives.