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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, January–February 2019

Illinois Heritage, January–February 2019

Illinois Heritage, January–February 2019

Volume 22, Number 1

The Illinois bicentennial commemoration wrapped up for the Illinois State Historical society with our 2018 History Symposium on December 3 at the University of Illinois Springfield. Many thanks to our excellent speakers––Michael Wiant, Bill Kemp, Devin Hunter, and Bob Sampson––for donating their time and  talents to the program. 

This year brings us another anniversay to celebrate: the 120th anniversary of the ISHS, which was organized on May 19, 1899. The Society continues to be the leading advocate for the promotion of historical research and understanding of our Prairie State history. With our dedicated Board of Directors, Advisors, and staff we seek to expand the reach of our organization into every home in the state of Illinois and beyond, but that kind of mission requires the participation of every member of the Society too. Please do your part by renewing your membership (if you have not already done so), and by sharing our publications and programs with Illinois history advocates in your community. Consider sponsoring a public library membership, nominating a community museum exhibit or local history author for an award, or sharing news of a historical event in your hometown. We all learn when we share our history. 

Table of Contents


  • To our readers
  • President's message
  • ISHS News (Sample Article)
  • The honor roll


  • Forgotten Voices from Illinois History: Author Frazier Hunt and his novel of small-town life
  • Buckeye schoolhouse: Friends, family and community
  • A Touchstone of character: Dos Passos, Hemingway, Welles and The Spanish Earth
  • Roots and revery: Midewin--Putting the prairie back into the Prairie State (Sample Article)
  • Built to last: LeTourneau all-steel "Carefree Home" renovated in Peoria (Sample Article)
  • Lincoln in Toulon: Stark County goes all out to celebrate historic visit and the bicentennial
  • Lords of the rings: Report on tree coring at the Lincoln Home National Historic Site and Illinois Governor's Mansion, Springfield, Illinois, June 7, 2016
  • Lincoln the lawyer: Iconic photograph of Illinois' favorite son finds home in all 102 county courthouses

On the cover:

Unveiling of the final Lincoln portrait in the ISHS bicentennial courthouse project, this one in Carlinville, Macoupin County, on December 10. Pictured are: 7th Circuit Trial Court Administrator Suzann Maxheimer, Illinois Judges Association (IJA) Past President John Coady, Randy Duncan (as Mr. Lincoln), Circuit Judge Kenneth Deihl, Judge at Large April Troemper, Judge Joshua Meyer, and ISHS Board member John McClarey.

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