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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 2020

Illinois Heritage, November–December 2020

Illinois Heritage, November–December 2020

Volume 23, Number. 6

The presence of humans in the Illinois Country goes back at least 12,000 years, and some archaeologists would push that envelope even further into the past. We find footprints of prehistoric peoples all over the landscape of the Prairie State, and we have ample evidence of their physical presence in cultural artifacts found in museums and historical society collections from Galena to Golconda, Chicago to Cairo. In this issue of Illinois Heritage, our goal is to shine a spotlight on the people who called Illinois home before Europeans arrived on America’s shores.

We also profile southern Illinois historian John Allen and visit the sites of three new historical markers around the state.

Be safe, share your Heritage, and, if you are able, make a donation to the Society in support of our annual appeal. As always, thanks for your membership in the ISHS. With your help, we do great deeds.

Table of Contents


  • To our readers
  • President’s message
  • Letters
  • Editorial: Historical monuments, memorials, and statues should reflect our finest values (Sample Article)
  • ISHS News
  • Obituary: Dr. Terry Barnhardt
  • Teaching history resources
  • The honor roll


  • Peoria’s first “rock star” (Sample Article)
  • Great is thy faithfulness
  • Historic headlines: Illinois and the atomic bomb
  • Illinois Women Artists, Part 42: Elizabeth Buehrmann
  • When chess was king!
  • Illinois Egyptologist: Southern Illinois Historian John W. Allen
Native American Special Section
  • A digital bridge: How one digital interactive connects to the Kickapoo in Kansas and to a
  • museum in Illinois
  • Forgotten Voices from Illinois History: Black Hawk and his engaging autobiography
  • Guest Essay: Monks Mound – Center of the Universe (Sample Article)
  • An interview with Illinois archaeologist Alan Harn
  • Havana Hopewell: Next to a forgotten road, a monument to be remembered
  • The Lincoln Collector, #4: Lincoln and the Indians

On the Cover

Shaped like an ancient platform mound, Dickson Mounds Museum near Lewistown is one of the best places to learn about the cultures of native Illinoisans of the Archaic, Woodland, Hopewell, and Mississippian periods, and the habitat that was their home for centuries.
--Photo by William Furry.

Issue Price$10.00
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