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Sesquicentennial

November - December 2017

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The Prairie State kicks off its 200th birthday party celebration on December 3, 2017, and the Illinois State Historical Society invites you to let us know what you are doing in your county to celebrate this milestone.  Our website features an Events calendar that will highlight your events--bicentennial or otherwise historical--but only if you go to www.historyillinois.org and submit your information.  Let us help you get the word out and while you're there, check out "Today in Illinois History" for a sampling of what people have been doing here for the last two hundred years or so.

Our year-end issue of Illinois Heritage is a veritable feast of delights.  John Hallwas and Kathleen Spaltro highlight writers with Illinois connections and Cindy Reinhardt takes us to the "almost lost" town of Montgomery Station.  Continue farther down into Egypt with photographer Gary DeNeal for a look at misty autumn moments downstate.

As we come to year's end, it's also time to reflect back on our Johnny Appleseed trees--all of which have gone to good homes throughout the state, and look forward to recognizing historic businesses and churches in Illinois.  If you have a business in your town that is 100 years old or a church that is 150 years old (or older), please consider nominating them for recognition by the ISHS.  Applications for both programs can be found in this issue.

Happy, happy holidays! 

September - October 2016

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This issue of the magazine highlights two themes:
  1. Sesquicentennial houses of worship around the state.
  2. Agriculture and related topics throughout the state.

Sesquicentennial Churches are chosen from across Illinois based on the following criteria: Minutes of early church board meetings, marriage or baptismal records, grant of official charter, contemporary newspaper advertisements or articles, old city directories. ISHS looks forward to honoring more than 33 Sesquicentennial Churches for the fidelity and witness to others over 150 years of faithfulness to their calling.

Agriculture in Illinois has a long and quite amazing history as one follows the movement and settlements which sprung up in, during and long after pioneer period. Karl Bodmer, a Swiss artist (circa 1832) painted a scenic view of a farm on the southern prairie. It is a good study of the French style of an American Bottom settlement.

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