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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 2020

Illinois Heritage, January–February 2020

Illinois Heritage, January–February 2020

Volume 23, Number 1

Happy New Year from the Illinois State Historical Society!

The January-February issue of Illinois Heritage—“The music issue”—ably assembled by ISHS director Bill Steinbacher-Kemp with the help of a sterling group of writers who know their Illinois music history, is a great start for the new year. Our “2020” vision for the ISHS is to make our programs and publications the best in the Midwest.

Thanks to all of you who have taken time to join or renew your 2020 membership in the Illinois State Historical Society. Our organization thrives because of your commitment to our mission of “fostering awareness, understanding, research, preservation, and recognition of history in Illinois.” As you know, membership is the glue that holds the Illinois State Historical Society together. Your personal commitment to this organization makes all the difference in what we accomplish from year to year. Thank you for all you do to make Illinois history unforgettable. 

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Table of Contents


  • To our readers
  • President's message
  • Letters
  • ISHS News
  • ISHS Board profiles: Elaine Shemoney Evans and Elaine Egdorf
  • Obituary: Dr. Rodney Davis
  • The honor roll


  • Coinmetromania: Civil War citizens honored at Quincy's Woodland Cemetery
  • Two poems from Illinois country schools
  • The Lincoln collector (Sample Article)
  • ISHS Symposium commemorates 100th anniversary of Women's Suffrage

The music issue

  • Guest editor’s welcome
  • Forgotten voices from Illinois history: George F. Root and Henry Clay Work, Civil War songwriters
  • ‘Weary Blues:’ The Springfield roots of ragtime composer Artie Matthews
  • Red Norvo: Beardstown's gift to jazz
  • Music history made in Illinois: Chuck Berry at the Cosmo (Sample Article)
  • “Wind under the fingertips:” Andrew Carnegie's organ benefactors in Illinois and the nation
  • Preserving the past: Archiving southern Illinois' rich musical heritage
  • Prairie State sounds: Downstate recording studios and record labels of the 1950s and 1960s
Issue Price$10.00
Previous Issue Illinois Heritage, November–December 2019
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