“Born, Built and Grown in Illinois”
This year marks the bicentennial of the state of Illinois. Illinois became the 21st state on December 3, 1818 when President James Monroe signed the legislation admitting us to the Union. In honor of this occasion, Governor Bruce Rauner in 2016 issued Executive Order 2016-11, which created the state’s Bicentennial Commission. The commission consists of a diverse group of Illinois residents who have a passion and love for this state. David Scott serves as the ISHS representative on the commission. The purpose of the commission is to develop and implement a statewide program to celebrate the bicentennial. The slogan of the commission is Born, Built, and Grown in Illinois. Using almost entirely private money (with the exception of staff support) and working with partners and generous donors, the commission is moving forward with statewide bicentennial celebration plans.
Historical Society of Quincy and Adams County
This year’s annual meeting, titled How a Chicago Music Publisher and Quincy Henry Clay’s Works Helped Win the Civil War, will feature speaker Christian McWhirter. McWhirter is a research historian at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum.
McHenry County Historical Society & Museum
Janette Dwyer, former owner of Quilt Quarters in Geneseo, has spent the past 26 years sewing and collecting quilts. Her collection, which now tops 300, dates from the 1880s to the present day. She will bring about 30 quilts with her for the presentation – including two gems from the Century of Progress at the 1933 Chicago World’s Fair. She will talk about the quilts, as well as the fair's history, and show off other “bargains” she has uncovered. The Gazebo Valor Quilters, a group of about 40 women from the northwest suburbs, also will honor veterans with quilts that day. A drawing for the Heritage Quilters’ raffle quilt, an homage to World War I titled “Forever Poppies” and a show-and-tell also are part of the program.
Compiled for Illinois public libraries by John E. Hallwas of the Illinois State Historical Society
This twelve-month reading list includes novels, nonfictional works, and poetry – all by Illinois authors and expressive of the Illinois experience. Along with the twelve-month schedule are some alternative book titles, in case a library wants to customize the 2018 reading list by substituting another notable work of fiction, nonfiction, or poetry.
The January-February 2018, issue of Illinois Heritage invites its readers to celebrate the state’s bicentennial. Adventures around the Prairie State take us on a veritable road trip around the state without leaving our hearth. Art and literature are celebrated with a look a Pulitzer Prize-winning authors Carl and Mark Van
Doren and the art of Irma Rene Koen. Traveling the state with authors Stephen Leonard and Keith Sculle will surely jog a reader’s memory of their own trips. Finally, be sure not to miss our state’s bicentennial time travel in the first installment of “Illinois in Time.”