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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 2021

Illinois Heritage, March–April 2021

Illinois Heritage, March–April 2021

Vol. 24, No. 2

This issue of Illinois Heritage is delighted to share Prairie State history by some of our favorite contributors—John Hallwas, James Cornelius, Kristan McKinsey, Mark Sorensen, Beth Young and Bill Kemp—as well as a few new ones, including Dean Karau, whose original piece on Richard Carroll is a fascinating portrait of an African American man’s journey up from slavery to post-Civil War Illinois.

We also meet Christina M. Shutt, the new executive director of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum (ALPLM), explore several central Illinois cemeteries, and contemplate the possibilities of the nation’s 250th birthday, which John Dichtl, CEO and President of the American Association for State and Local History (AASLH), shares with us in his “Guestwork” piece. Also included in this issue is the Illinois Humanities (IH) Executive Summary, “On Wisdom and Vision: humanities organizations in Illinois during COVID-19,” which reflects on this past pandemic year and how more than 177 Illinois humanities-focused organizations weathered the storm.

Enjoy Illinois. Read Illinois history. Share your Heritage. Better yet, buy a membership for a friend. Some gifts never stop giving.

Table of Contents


  • To our readers
  • President’s message
  • Letters
  • ISHS News
  • Guestwork: “Looking to History”
  • Obituary: Lesley Axelrod

News and Features

  • Bloomington Bloomers photo features bevy of big leaguers
  • Illinois Women Artists, #44: Minerva J. Chapman (Sample Article)
  • Forgotten Voices of Illinois History: Ruby Berkley Goodwin
  • The Lincoln Collector, #6: “The Religious Lincoln”
  • Brothers in Arms: The Everett brothers of Quincy0
  • The great Chicago fire(s) (Sample Article)
  • “Breathing in the Sweet Perfume of Morning,” artwork by Tracey Maras
  • Richard Carroll—A Black man’s journey to freedom in Illinois
  • Coimetromania: Walking and talking cemeteries, graveyards, burying grounds and other immortal landscapes
  • Executive Summary: On wisdom and vision—humanities organizations in Illinois during COVID-19

On the cover:

“Lunker lair, Washington County State Recreation Area,” photo by William Furry.

Issue Price$10.00
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