Book Signing - “Sixteen Tons.”
Saturday, February 28, Book Signing, “Sixteen Tons,” 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Local area author Kevin Corley will be on hand to discuss and sign copies of his book, “Sixteen Tons.” The book is a historical account of Illinois coal mining in the early 1900’s – full of danger, cave-ins, bloody battles and more. Don’t miss it! Edgar’s Coffee House 85 Plummer Blvd, Chatham IL.

There's Still Time to Register! - 57th Annual Missouri Conference on History
Greetings History Enthusiasts:

Join other history professionals at the 57th Annual Missouri Conference on History! The March 11-13 meeting at the DoubleTree Hilton and Conference Center in Chesterfield, Missouri is hosted by the University of Missouri-St. Louis Department of History in conjunction with the Midwest regional meeting of Phi Alpha Theta, hosted by Park University's Zeta Omicron chapter.

The $55.00 cost of 2015 registration includes: Register by March 3! For more information on the conference and to register, visit Take part in the Evening with Tom Engelhardt to celebrate the release of the new book of his political cartoons, Four Turbulent Decades: A Cartoon History of America, 1962-2001. Learn more at Feel free to contact the State Historical Society of Missouri with any questions or concerns.

See you soon!

The State Historical Society of Missouri
Administrative Sponsor 1020 Lowry Street, Columbia, MO 65201
573.882.7083 |

Mourning Father Abraham: Llincolns Assassination and the Publics Response
April 30, 2015 - 7 pm
Brookens Auditorium, UIS
Dr. Michael Burlingame,
Naomi B, Lynn Distinguished Chair in Lincoln Studies, UIS
Dr. Martha Hodes, Professor of History, New York University
Dr. Louis Masur, Distinguished Professor of American Studies and History, Rutgers University (217) 206-7094
Free and open to the public, No reservation required

The Civil War Round Table of Chicago -Sesquicentennial Symposium, May 30,2015
REGISTRATION for CWRT Sesquicentennial Symposium, May 30,2015
1865-2015, The Civil War: Victory, Defeat and Memory
Registration 8:30, Program begins at 9:00; Lunch 12:00-1:15; Afternoon session 1:30 until 4:00

Join us as we commemorate the end of the Sesquicentennial of the Civil War and also celebrate the 75th Anniversary of the Civil War Round Table Movement.

On Saturday, May 30,2015 at the Lisle-Naperville Hilton, (2003 Corporate West Drive, Lisle, 630-505-0900, toll free 800-552-2599) the Chicago CWRT will host a panel of esteemed historians including:

In addition to the celebrated historians listed above, we will feature refreshments, lunch, a silent auction, and book sales by the Abraham Lincoln Bookshop.

Pre-registration cost for the event is $85.00 per person if signed up by December 31,2014. After January 1, 2015, registration is $95.00.

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Late Registration after January 1, 2015, add $10 per person
Send this registration form with your check payable to "The Civil War Round Table"
MAIL TO: Randy Doier, 546 E 1100 N, Westville, IN 46391
Call: 219-926-3357; email
Questions: contact Chairman Paula Walker 708-429-5781 or e-mail

10 percent registration discount for Illinois State Historical Society members who present their 2015 Membership Card upon registering.

News from Western Illinois
The annual Western Illinois University History Conference will be held at WIUs Quad Cities campus in Moline on Saturday, May 9, 2015. Details will be available soon; if you would like to receive information electronically send an email to Nick Pano, retired History Professor and former Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Western Illinois University, was awarded the prestigious "Nderi i Kombi" Medal by the President of Albania, Bujar Nishani. Pano was among four individuals and one organization to receive the award, which was given on this occasion to Albanian Americans who distinguished themselves in the wake of the Albanian diaspora. President Nishani expressed his nations gratitude to the award winners for their contribution to the creation and defense of the Albanian state, the independence of Albania and Kosovo, the promotion of freedom and democracy in his nation, the protection of Albanian rights, and the forging of closer ties between Albanians and the American people.

Museum Plans Grand Opening
Evelyn Hood, Founder and Director of the African American Cultural and Genealogical Society of Illinois, stands outside the door of the Societys new museum location on West Eldorado Street in Decatur. The Cultural and Genealogical Society, established as a 501 (c)(3) in 1993, exists to promote and facilitate "an interest in research, preservation, and publishing African-American genealogy and family histories," to provide "resources and education about Africans and African history of the Central Illinois community," to enhance self esteem, and to "promote and preserve the study of African-American history." The Societys new museum plans to hold its grand opening in June 2015. For more information about the Society or the museum, call 217-429-7458.

Robertson Bids Farewell to Illinois
Beginning February 1, 2015, Dr. Stacey Robertson, formerly of Bradley University in Peoria, has been chosen as Central Washington Universitys new dean of the College of Arts and Humanities in Ellensburg, Washington.

Robertson earned her B.A. from Whittier College and her M.A. and Ph.D. in History from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Most recently, she served as the director of Dr Stacey Robertson Womens Studies and the Oglesby Professor of American Heritage at Bradley University in Peoria, where she taught from 1994. Robertson also served as Bradleys interim dean for the College of Arts and Sciences for two years.

"Dr. Robertson is a distinguished scholar, a well-published author, and a highly sought after national speaker. Her contributions to the documentation of the history of slavery and abolitionism are extraordinary," said Marilyn A. Levine, Ph.D., provost and vice president for CWU Academic and Student Life. "As the new Dean of CAH, she will bring her administrative expertise balanced with a passionate commitment to the arts and humanities, leading us to new levels," Levine added.

"I am so eager and honored to join the exceptionally talented faculty, staff, and student body at CWU," said Robertson. "After my visits, it already feels like home."

Robertson is the author of four books, including: Betsy Mix Cowles: Champion of Equality (Westview Press, 2014). She is the recipient of many teaching awards and research fellowships and lectures nationally and internationally. She is the co-director of the national non-profit Historians Against Slavery, and co-edits the book series, Perspectives on Early America with Pickering & Chatto, with a London-based publisher.

The Illinois State Historical Society congratulates Dr. Robertson for her achievement, and wishes her every success.

Small Archival Projects Conference! -Call for Proposals
Friday, April 17, 2015
Hosted at Loras College, Dubuque, IA. Sponsored by DALINC (Dubuque Area Library Information Consortium)

Call for Proposals

If youre looking for an opportunity to share what youve digitized in your collection or how youve accomplished it, please share your knowledge with others! The Small Archival Projects Conference Committee is seeking proposals for 50 minute presentations (40-45 minutes for the presentation with 5-10 minutes for questions). The presentations can be about any aspect of small archival projects including: Fill out the proposal form at: and submit it by Friday, January 23, 2015 for consideration. The proposals will be blind-peer reviewed and you will be notified of your status by February 2, 2015.
Information about the conference including specific information for presenters is available at: Fill out the proposal form and submit it by January 23, 2015 for consideration. The proposals will be blind-peer reviewed and you will be notified of your status by February 2, 2015.

For additional information, check out the conference web site at

King V. Hostick Scholarship Deadline Is March 15.
The Illinois State Historical Society and Illinois Historic Preservation Agency have awarded the annual King V. Hostick scholarships since 1997. Since the first awards were distributed more than 50 scholars have received as much as $3,000 each to help fund their research at Illinois' premier libraries, museums, and archives. The next King V. Hostick Scholarship deadline is March 15, 2015. If you know of a Ph.D. candidate working on his or her dissertation that includes a research topic in Illinois history, please make them aware of the Hostick Scholarship. The fund has enough in cash reserves to help as many as 10 applicants this next year. However, we won't be able to help ANY students if YOU don't help us get the word out. For details and guidelines for the scholarship, visit either the IHPA website ( or that of the Illinois State Historical Society, (

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Digitized Journal Available on JSTOR
Illinois history students and researchers can now access the first 100 years of the Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society on JSTOR, the online digital archives available at college and university libraries around the world. Individual articles published in the Journal since 1908 can be downloaded for a $10 fee, a percentage of which is returned to ISHS as part of its contract with JSTOR.

ISHS Members in good standing an have unlimited online access to the Societys Journal for a $10 annual user fee, payable to the Society. Members who sign up will receive an individual Login and Password from JSTOR, which gives them access to a searchable index of Journal articles and the complete run of the prairie states premiere historical publication through the 2007 calendar year. Additional issues will be added each year.

To sign up for the ISHS Member unlimited online access, send a $10 check to:

Illinois State Historical Society
P O Box 1800
Springfield, IL 62705-1800

Attention: JSTOR Access

Join ISHS or Renew Your Membership!
U of I Press is now processing membership applications for ISHS. Click here to join the ISHS or renew your membership!

See an empty spot where an ISHS Marker should be? Donate to the marker program.
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.

Check Out the New Google Map Empowered Historic Marker Pages
Check out the new Google Map empowered Historic Marker pages! View all markers in a county by choosing the county on a map. See individual markers on a map and add all contiguous markers with a single click!