Verna Ross Orendorff Scholarship
This scholarship is named for a lifelong student of Illinois history student of Illinois history, Vera Ross Orendorff, a native of River Forest, Illinois. The Illinois State Historical Society offers this prestigious award of $1000 for the best 1,500-word essay written by an Illinois high school student on the subject of Abraham Lincoln or the Civil War era in Illinois. Essays must be submitted by January 31, 2014, and meet criteria listed in our website under awards and scholarships.The student whose essay is chosen will receive a $1000 scholarship, a Certificate of Achievement, and will be recognized at the Society's Annual Awards Banquet in April, 2014. Additionally, the winner's essay will be published in a forthcoming issue of Illinois Heritage magazine. For more information, call 217-525-2781.
Click here to apply online.
Entries should be mailed to the Society office at PO Box 1800, Springfield, IL 62705.
2014 Annual Awards Program Deadline January 15, 2014
Through its Annual Awards Program, the Illinois State Historical Society recognizes and encourages the efforts of individuals, groups, and organizations that collect, preserve, and disseminate state, local, regional, ethnic, or specialized history. Awards may be given in any or all of the eighth categories in a given year and, at the discretion of the Awards Committee, more than one award may be given per category. Likewise, if no qualified project has been nominated, the Committee may decide not to give an award. The Award Committee reserves the right to move a nomination into another category if the supporting materials so warrant. All decisions of the Committee are final.
The deadline to submit an application is January 15, 2014.
Click here to make a nomination or contact the ISHS office: 217-525-2781, fax: 217-525-2783, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Olive Foster Outstanding Teacher Award
The ISHS Education Services Committee seeks nominations for the Olive Foster Outstanding Teacher Award. This award honors Olive Foster, former Illinois State Historian, Director of the School Services Program and originator of the Illinois History Program for students. The annual award is designed to recognize and reward a full-time teacher for outstanding contributions to the study and teaching of state and local history. recipients of this award actively promote Illinois history in schools as well as in their local communities, using the resources of one or more local historical societies, museums, the ISHS, and other Illinois-based historical organizations. Documentation of the teacher's work is required. One teacher will receive a $1000 award at the Societies Annual Awards Banquet in April 2014. The deadline for submission of requested information is January 31, 2014. For more information call the Society office: 217-525-2781 or click here.
Now Accepting Nominations
The Illinois State Historical Society seeks a few good people
to serve on its Board of Directors and Advisory Board.
Do you know someone who has:
- enthusiasm for promoting Illinois history through the Illinois State Historical Societys educational, commemorative, research and publishing activities?
- experience as a lay-person or professional in the field of local, state, regional and/or national history?
- concern for connecting the Society with local organizations and communities and expanding the Societys membership, and ideas for ways of accomplishing these goals?
- an understanding that Board service involves some personal expense as well as a commitment of time, as the Society holds its Board meetings (usually four per year) and its committee meetings in locations around the State.
Click here for the nomination form.
The King V. Hostick Award Competition for 2013-2014
The Illinois Historic Preservation Agency and the Illinois State Historical Society invite applications for the 2013-2014 King V. Hostick Award. Established by the late manuscript dealer King V. Hostick, the award provides financial assistance to graduate students in history or library science who are writing dissertations dealing with Illinois. Stipends are individually determined up to $3,000. Preference may be given to research conducted at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum (formerly the Illinois State Historical Library). All applications must be received by March 15, 2014 either by United States mail or as an electronic file. Award decisions will be made by May 2014 and awards distributed not later than July 1.
For further information contact William Furry, Executive Director, Illinois State Historical Society, P.O. Box 1800, Springfield, Illinois 62705-1800, (217) 525-2781, FAX (217) 525-2783 or click here to email email@example.com.
Join ISHS or Renew Your Membership!
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Historical markers are expensive to create and maintain. Please support the ISHS Markers program by contributing toward a marker on the "wish list" or to the marker fund in general, which will help us maintain damaged markers. Click here for more information.
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