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Strawbridge-Shepherd House

Former Iles House Foundation president Richard Hart addresses the...

Strawbridge-Shepherd House

Strawbridge-Shepherd House

Former Iles House Foundation president Richard Hart addresses the large crowd gathered for the "harvest feast" at the Strawbridge-Shepherd House.
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Article: Egypt in the fall

A river photo from the November/December 2015 Issue (Rosiclare,...

Article: Egypt in the fall

Article: Egypt in the fall

A river photo from the November/December 2015 Issue (Rosiclare, Illinois).
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Historic sites:

The Edgar Lee Masters home

Historic sites:

Historic sites:

The Edgar Lee Masters home

 

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Publications

Illinois Heritage is our publication designed to encourage various professional, amateur historians and the general public to explore and write about Prairie State history for a broad audience.

The Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society is the scholarly publication with peer-reviewed Journal articles, essays, and documents about history, literature, art technology, law, and other subjects related to Illinois and the Midwest.

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Historical Markers

Since 1934, the Illinois State Historical Society has erected more than 500 historical markers statewide. Subjects of historical significance to Illinois are co-sponsored by local organizations and supporters. The Illinois State Historical Society coordinates the placement and management of historical markers throughout the state.

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Scholarships

Annually the Illinois State Historical Society issues several scholarships to students all over the state. We want to assist those with a passion and drive for historical knowledge as well as recognize those who have already demonstrated an outstanding knowledge in the field through essays and other works.

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Historical Markers

There are several ways for you to find markers. You can search by either navigating the county map or our new feature will use your current location to identify markers which are in your area.

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Latest News

Volume 108 - Number 3-4 - Fall/Winter 2015

Volume 108 - Number 3-4 - Fall/Winter 2015
IN 1963, DURING THE HEIGHT of the Civil War centennial, the Illinois State Historical Society published a special issue of its journal to commemorate and celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation. The articles in the issue covered a wide range of topics related to African American history in Illinois up to the Civil War era. Although the ISHS had published articles on Illinois African American history through the years, a special issue devoted exclusively to the top was deemed appropriate.
As the sesquicentennial of both the Civil War and the passage of the Thirteenth Amendment draws to a close, it is no less appropriate to devote a special issue of this journal to African American history in Illinois. In hist second inaugural address Lincoln said that all knew that slavery somehow was the cause of the Civil War. To commemorate and remember the war without discussing slavery and the broader questions of African American citizenship and participation in society would be wrong. And so, I am happy to present six outstanding articles covering a variety of topics on Illinois African American history.

November - December 2015

November - December 2015
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

Coming April 1st, 2016 the ISHS Annual Tour

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.

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