Happy birthday, Illinois State Historical Society!!
On this date in 1899, the Illinois State Historical Society was established in Urbana, Illinois, by professional and amateur historians, archaeologists, doctors and lawyers, librarians and researchers, and civic-minded individuals who wanted to preserve, protect, and promote the history of the Prairie State. The Society set up its headquarters in Springfield the following year and has been the premiere not-for-profit advocate for Illinois history ever since.
Today the Society kicked off its 116th birthday celebration by announcing the establishment of the Third Century Fund, an endowment-building campaign to secure the Society's future for the next 100 years.
Longtime ISHS friends and supporters Rand and Pat Burnette invited ISHS Development Officer Tara Winters and Executive Director William Furry to their Jacksonville home today to present the Society with a $20,000 gift to support the Third Century Fund, and to kick off the endowment campaign.
Rand Burnette, president of the Society from 2001-2003, is professor of history emeritus from MacMurray College (he also taught at Carthage College, both in Carthage, Illinois and Kenosha, Wisconsin). Pat taught at MacMurray College and at Illinois College, and has an article published in the current Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society.
The Society's Third Century Fund is dedicated to see that the Society continues to fulfill its mission to "foster awareness, understanding, research, preservation, and recognition of history in Illinois." The Society is a registered 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization sustained solely by its membership and programs, and through donations and grants from corporations and individuals like you. To find out how you can support the Society's mission, make a donation, bequest, of otherwise contribute to the cause, call 217-525-2781 and ask for Tara.
HISTORY MATTERS EVERY DAY.
Photo caption: ISHS Development Officer Tara Winter with Pat and Rand Burnette, founding contributors to the Society's Third Century Fund. Photo by William Furry.