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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.

Illinois State Historical Society   |   Strawbridge-Shepherd House   |   PO Box 1800   |   Springfield, IL 62705-1800

Illinois Heritage, July–August 2021

Illinois Heritage, July–August 2021

Illinois Heritage, July–August 2021

Volume 24, Number 4

Summer in Illinois. Cicadas, hummingbirds, mosquitos, daylilies, day trips, watermelon, sweetcorn, and the Illinois State Fair. Whatever makes your Prairie State summer special, I hope the season is full of wonders and surprises.

This issue is packed with articles guaranteed to expand your Illinois horizon. I am forever delighted with what our contributors deliver in variety and diversity, and how generous they are with their research. My hope is that you share your Illinois Heritage with family and friends, and with anyone interested in our state’s marvelous history. Our contributors deserve the broadest possible audience we can deliver. It’s small compensation for such tremendous effort.

If you are looking for an opportunity to support and sustain our publications, this is a good time to make a contribution to the Illinois Heritage Fund, or to the Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society. Please send your donations to:

Illinois Heritage Fund
Illinois State Historical Society
P.O. Box 1800
Springfield, IL 62705-1800

As always, thanks for sharing your history and heritage. The Illinois prairie blossoms in the summer, and more so when we tell our stories.

William Furry
Executive Director

Table of Contents


  • To our readers
  • Letters to the editor
  • President’s message
  • ISHS News
  • New Salem gets an infusion
  • Coinmetromania: A dozen headstones, a thousand spiders, and a job well done
  • Obituaries: Randall Saxon, Tom Littlewood
  • Book Review: An American Marriage
  • The honor roll


  • Forgotten Voices of Illinois past: Dave Etter
  • The jewel of Ottawa
  • The haunted past is here to stay
  • President Roosevelt on tour
  • Illinois women artists, #46, Sarah Farnum Sargent Jackman (Sample Article)
  • The extraordinary Ned Sheldon of Chicago
  • The life and times of Amos M. Ebersol
  • Complicated Billy Herndon (Sample Article)
  • The other Abraham
  • Two roads to Jacksonville

On the cover:

Attendees of the Illinois State Historical Society's Cemetery Preservation/Restoration Workshop held on Saturday, June 12, 2021.

Issue Price$10.00
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