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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, September–October 2018

Illinois Heritage, September–October 2018
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Illinois Heritage, September–October 2018

Volume 21, Number 5

Nine months into the state's bicentennial year, the Illinois State Historical Society continues to make the commemoration as memorable as possible. So far this year we have placed or scheduled 71 Lincoln portraits in county courthouses around the state; eight historical marker dedications will be carried out between now and October 30; the Society's 2018 Centennial Awards will handed out on Saturday, November 3 at the newly restored Illinois Governor's Mansion, and our 2018 Illinois History Symposium is scheduled for December 3.

The Illinois Heritage magazine gives our members and friends a chance to share their deep passion for Prairie State history. This issue includes article from contributors all across the state: Herbert Russell from Carbondale; Kathleen Spaltro from Woodstock; Mark Flotow from Springfield; John Hallwas from Macomb; Reg Ankrom from Quincy; Will Shannon from Belleville; and Keith Sculle from Williamsville and Steve Leonard from Rochester. Each article will bring you closer to the essence of Illinois and, perhaps, stoke your own creative fires.

Thank you for reading Illinois Heritage. Your membership and gifts keep this organization vital and relevant. We cannot serve Illinois history without you. 

Table of Contents


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


  • Talking history: An interview with David Scott about his new anthology of articles from the JISHS
  • Forgotten Voices from Illinois History: Burl Ives: A remarkable performer, rooted in Illinois
  • The Bates Motel: A case study in the importance of the ordinary (Sample article)
  • Father Tolton of Quincy: Nation's first African-American priest on path to sainthood in Catholic Church
  • State mineral helped end World War II (Sample article)
  • Literary namesakes in Illinois
  • James Farl Powers, Illinois writer: Perfection of the life or the work?
  • Illinois soldiers prepare: The creation of Civil War camps Douglas, Butler, and Defiance (1861-1862)
  • Why St. Clair County matters
  • Bicentennial timeline
  • Nomination for the 2018 Annual Awards: Deadline is December 31!
  • ISHS Board and Advisory Board nominations: Deadline December 31!

On the cover:

Fluospar miners' memorial in Rosiclare, Hardin County, Illinois. Photo by Bethany Joyner.

We're Almost There! The ISHS’s Illinois bicentennial year project to place a framed,  30" x 40" portrait of Abraham Lincoln in all 102 county courthouses is almost finished.


Issue Price$5.00
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