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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, March–April 2020

Illinois Heritage, March–April 2020

Illinois Heritage, March–April 2020

Volume 23, Number. 2

To our readers:

The nominations are in and buzz is building. If you have not already done so, mark your calendars for Friday, April 24 and the “Best of Illinois History Awards Gala,” the night the Illinois State Historical Society celebrates the people, organizations, authors, museums, and historical societies that made history in the Prairie State in 2019. If you haven’t already received your invitation in the mail, call us. We’ll have one in the mail before you can name the state fossil.

This issue of Illinois Heritage contains articles on several fascinating people, places, and events in our state’s past that will stir your imagination, 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


  • President’s message
  • Letters
  • ISHS News (Sample Article)
  • The honor roll


  • Voices from Illinois History: John Hancock
  • Illinois Women Artists Series: #37, Mildred Waltrip
  • Consider her a witness: Lorraine Hansberry’s remarkable renaissance is timely, exciting, awkward, and necessary
  • The edge of chaos: Former SIUC student journalists revisit Carbondale’s dark spring of 1970
  • Illinois firsts: William Butler Ogden, Chicago’s first mayor, 1837–1838
  • Coinmetromania: A trip to Warsaw
  • Old Adobe: The Allandale House of rural Cass County, a marvel of ‘earnest efforts’ and ingenuity (Sample Article)
  • Quincy’s witness oak: Lessons in history, ‘cookies,’ and dendrochronology
  • House divided: When Edwin Bridges walked on the floor of the Illinois House, he was a man on a mission


  • Their war, their words

On the cover:

More than 100 guests attended the unveiling of a new historical marker at the Julius Rosenwald Boyhood Home on Lincoln’s Birthday. Rosenwald earned his wealth as the president and CEO of Sears & Roebuck. His motto was “Give while you live.” Photo by William Furry.




Issue Price$10.00
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