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Illinois Heritage Magazine

Illinois Heritage, the popular history magazine of the Illinois State Historical Society, was established in 1997 to encourage professional and amateur historians, museum professionals, teachers, genealogists, journalists, and other researchers to explore and write about Prairie State history for a broad audience.

Illinois Heritage is published six times per year and is available as a benefit of membership in the Illinois State Historical Society. Individual editions can also be purchased by contacting our office directly. Visit our Membership section for membership options and information.

Visit our Illinois Heritage Magazine section to see issue summaries and sample articles from recent releases.

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Illinois Heritage, November–December 2017

Illinois Heritage, November–December 2017
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Illinois Heritage, November–December 2017

Volume 20, Number 6

The Prairie State kicks off its 200th birthday party celebration on December 3, 2017, and the Illinois State Historical Society invites you to let us know what you are doing in your county to celebrate this milestone.  Our website features an Events calendar that will highlight your events--bicentennial or otherwise historical--but only if you go to and submit your information.  Let us help you get the word out and while you're there, check out "Today in Illinois History" for a sampling of what people have been doing here for the last two hundred years or so.

Our year-end issue of Illinois Heritage is a veritable feast of delights.  John Hallwas and Kathleen Spaltro highlight writers with Illinois connections and Cindy Reinhardt takes us to the "almost lost" town of Montgomery Station.  Continue farther down into Egypt with photographer Gary DeNeal for a look at misty autumn moments downstate.

As we come to year's end, it's also time to reflect back on our Johnny Appleseed trees--all of which have gone to good homes throughout the state, and look forward to recognizing historic businesses and churches in Illinois.  If you have a business in your town that is 100 years old or a church that is 150 years old (or older), please consider nominating them for recognition by the ISHS.  Applications for both programs can be found in this issue.

Happy, happy holidays! 

Table of Contents


  • To our readers
  • President's message
  • ISHS News
  • The honor roll


  • Honoring Sop-Ho-Kab:  Early Native American East Dubuque resident honored with a historical marker of her own (Sample article)
  • Forgotten Voices from Illinois History:  Early fiction writer Mary Hartwell Catherwood
  • Educating Mary Frances Kennedy:  M.F.K. Fisher remembers Illinois (Sample article)
  • On Community.  Nettie:  A tragic story about a girl at the poor farm
  • Montgomery Station--established 1893:  A history and tour of several historic pre-Civil War homes (Sample article)
  • Fall and Fog in Southern Illinois:  There's no place more magical in autumn than Egypt
  • Illinois Women Artists, Part 31:  Grace Ravlin:  a wartime interlude--an artist returns home (Sample article)
  • Road Trip
Issue Price$5.00
Sample Article #1

Educating  Mary Frances Kennedy:  M.F.K. Fisher remembers Illinois

Sample Article #2

Montgomery Station--established 1893:  A history and tour of several historic pre-Civil War homes

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