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On the Cover: A young visitor to the Lincoln Tomb in Springfield considers the price of citizenship in a nation "of the people, by the people, for the people." Photo by Jody Kienzler

To our Readers:

The leaves have turned and fallen, and the mercury continues to dip below the comfort zone. As of the writing the Illinois General Assembly and Governor Rauner are frozen solid with no thaw of the state budget in sight. For many state employees and service providers, it looks like the winter of discontent is already upon us.

Coming April 1st, 2016 the ISHS Annual Tour

Spend a day exploring the neighborhoods of Chicago on the "Immigrant to Elite" Tour

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A day spent in Chicago is a study in contrasts. Discover the contributions made by various ethnic groups. Then, experience the elegant lifestyle attained by successful citizens who became leaders of this community. This is an opportunity to hear the stories and explore the places where they lived and played.

Visit many IMMIGRANT NEIGHBORHOODS and shops in this fun adventure in the windy city. Click "Read More" for a full list of locations and details for this tour and how to signup as a couple or individual.

Annual Funding Appeal

Please make a gift today. Illinois history isn't the same without you!

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Dear friends of the Illinois State Historical Society,

The year 2015 is almost history, but your Society continues its mission “to foster awareness, understanding, research, preservation and recognition of history in Illinois.” With the Illinois bicentennial now only two years away, we look forward to commemorating and celebrating with you two centuries of Prairie State history.

Volume 108 - Number 2 - Summer 2015

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THE SUMMER ISSUE OF THE JOURNAL OFFERS three articles that examine key aspects of the Prairie State's Political history.

In "Elijah P. Lovejoy: Anti-Catholic Abolitionist," John Duerk examines the famous abolitionist's anti-Catholicism, which constituted a vital component of Lovejoy's larger worldview.

In "A Question of Loyalty: The 1896 Election in Quincy, Illinois," John Coats analyzes the election of 1896 at the grassroots. For decades political historians have viewed the election of 1896 as a "critical" election, marking the transition from the third to the fourth party system.

Finally, Richard Allen Morton's "It Was Bryan and Sullivan Who did the Trick': How William Jennings Bryan and Illinois' Roger C. Sullivan Brought About the Nomination of Woodrow Wilson in 1912," examines the backroom negotiations and on-floor machinations that produced Woodrow Wilson's nomination at the 1912 Democratic Party convention in Baltimore.

July-August 2015

An end to Summer (Volume 18 / Number 4)

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On the Cover: "Prairie coneflowers in bloom", taken behind the historical Strawbridge-Sherpherd House on the campus of the University of Illinois Springfield. The house, headquarters of the Illinois State Historical Society, was listen on the National Register of Historical Places in June. Photo by William Fury.

To our readers:

The summer of 2015 is almost history, and the corn crop that was six-feet high by the 4th of July is already thinking about winter markets in Asia. We at the ISHS are thinking about the future too, and we invite you to talk with us about our Third Century Fund, a special campaign to prepare the Society for the challenges of telling our state's history to future generations. To make a contribution to this fund, please call Tara Winter at 217-525-2781. Your support is crucial to the long-term success of the Society.
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