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2021 Nominations for ISHS Officers, Directors, and Advisors

Illinois State Historical Society

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The slate of new ISHS officers, directors, and advisers was approved by the ISHS Board at the February 20, 2021, board meeting. Our thanks to the Nominating Committee, shepherded by director Brian Mullgardt, for bringing the following qualified members forward for elected office. Nominees will be voted on at the 2021 Annual Meeting, scheduled for April 23, 2021. All Society members are invited to attend the virtual Annual Meeting, which will be held over the Zoom platform. Details will be available after April 5.

The ISHS has a New Mailing Address!!

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The ISHS has a new mailing address. Please address all correspondence to:

Illinois State Historical Society
PO Box 1800
Springfield, IL 62705-1800

Our physical location is still located at 5255 Shepherd Road, Springfield, IL.

Call for Illinois History Day Judges!

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Illinois History Day is a state-wide program that encourages students in grades 6-12 to create a variety of exciting research projects related to the annual theme. This year’s theme, selected by National History Day, is Communication in History: The Key to Understanding. Students from across the state spend months conducting extensive research and sharing their findings through exhibits, dramatic performances, documentaries, websites, and research papers. The students prepare their findings and present them at regional and state competitions in hopes of advancing to the national competition.

Hometown Pride: 200 Years of Sangamon County

Sangamon Experience

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New Digital Exhibit Coming March 22nd!

From eating at Maid-Rite, America’s first Drive-Thru in Springfield to attending the Cheap Thrills concert at The Mansion in Riverton in 1990. Each of us has a story to tell about our Hometown.

Illinois Heritage, January–February 2021

Volume 24, No, 1

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The Illinois State Historical Society has, for 121 winters, celebrated each new year with the promise of greater perspective, greater diversity, and the very best scholarship about our Prairie State’s past. We could not dream of a future without you, our members, making this journey with us. If you have not renewed your membership, please do so today. We need you.

This issue celebrates many fascinating aspects of our history, and our writers, board, and staff would love to know what you think of our efforts. Please send your email comments to executivedirector@historyillinois.org, and, with your permission, we will publish them in Illinois Heritage.

Thank you for your support, your perseverance during the late pandemic, and for your fortitude in these challenging times. Spring is coming, bringing the promise of unimaginable joy. Share your joy. Share your Heritage.

Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society, Summer 2020

Volume 113, No. 2

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The Summer 2020 issue of the Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society is printed. The Journal, the scholarly publication of the ISHS, is published quarterly and is a benefit of membership in the Illinois State Historical Society. Each issue includes articles, essays, book reviews, and documents about history, literature, art technology, law, and other subjects related to Illinois and the Midwest. Click on our Membership tab in the Menu Bar for membership options and information. Click on the “Read More” button for a list of articles and reviews included in this issue.  

Shine a Light Project: Historic Preservation and Interpretation on Springfield's East Side

Sangamon County Historical Society Celebrates Black History Month

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Three buildings that played a prominent role in Springfield’s African American history will be the topic of the Sangamon County Historical Society’s video program to be released Tuesday, February 16, 2021. Speakers Kathryn Harris and Sue Massie will discuss preservation and awareness efforts planned for the John Taylor House, Lincoln Colored Home and First Black Fire House, all of which contributed to the lives of African Americans in our community. 

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