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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.

The Mysterious Bard of Sangamo

The Mysterious Bard of Sangamo
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The Mysterious Bard of Sangamo

Before Lincoln. . .
Before Lindsay. . .
​There was John Hancock, the “Mysterious Bard of Sangamo,” a prolific and accomplished poet from the land of King Arthur who roamed the Sangamo Country from 1831-1847.

In this 55-minute play produced by the ISHS, Hancock comes to life in the historic Elijah Iles home in Springfield and recites several of his poems about life in early Sangamon County. Chicago actor Victor Holstein delivers an impressive performance as Hancock in this award-winning play by distinguished Illinois author John Hallwas.

“This is magical. . . history from the heart of a poet”

Limited copies of the DVD are available. Visit our store to purchase your own copy or call 217-525-2781.



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