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The Perfect Gift—An ISHS Membership

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Are you looking for a great gift for the person who has everything or who loves history? Consider a gift membership to the Illinois State Historical Society. Stay up to date on the bicentennial happenings and other historical events around Illinois. You can get that perfect gift that keeps on giving by calling 866-244-0626 or online at

1917: Catalyst for the Modern Era

DuPage County Historical Museum

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The DuPage County Historical Museum’s current exhibit, 1917: Catalyst for the Modern Era, explores the world as it appeared 100 years ago. It describes American participation in WWI and changes in gender roles, clothing, technology, and medicine. The loss from the war and disease in the wake of the war are depicted along with other changes in American life that set the stage for a modern era.

The exhibit will be on view until July 30, 2018.

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 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! 
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