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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, September–October 2022

Illinois Heritage, September–October 2022

Illinois Heritage, September–October 2022

Volume 25, Number 4

Danaus plexippus, the orange and black insect we know as the Monarch Butterfly, is now on the Illinois endangered species list, a warning sign to all of us who wonder how the global climate crisis will unfold in our own backyard. What should be done? For starters, plant milkweed and don’t spray chemicals on your plants. Protect your heritage!

In this issue of Illinois Heritage we take a canoe trip with “Ernie” Hemingway and his chums down the Des Plaines and Illinois rivers, meet a celebrated children’s author and artist from Macomb, investigate Chicago’s “Babbling Burglar” and his gang of bent cops, plant trees in Kewanee with some enterprising high school students, and explore the evolution of the Illinois prairie into an agricultural incubator for farming innovations around the world.

Thanks to all of you who have helped the Society get through the pandemic in the last two years. Your gifts and donations have made the difference; we have continued to publish our flagship Journal and Illinois Heritage without missing an issue, kept the lights on and our resilient staff employed, and celebrated the achievements of Illinois scholars, preservationists, museum professionals and community activists who make local history accessible and meaningful for all of us. We also dedicated 15 new historical markers and renovated 8 others!

On behalf of the Illinois State Historical Society’s officers, directors, advisers, contributors, and members, I wish you a safe, healthy, and engaging autumn in the Prairie State.

William Furry
Executive Director

Table of Contents


  • To our readers
  • President’s message
  • Letters and ISHS News
  • The honor roll


  • Forgotten Voices of Illinois History: Social activist and noted children’s author Clara Bayliss (Sample Article)
  • Women artists series, #53: The Palette Club of Chicago (Sample Article)
  • Cave-in: the 1927 disaster that almost brought down Goldblatt Bros.
  • The babbling burglar and Chicago’s infamous 1960 Summerdale scandal
  • Down past Starved Rock: Remembering a 1917 canoe trip with Ernest Hemingway
  • Prairie apotheosis: Agricultural technology and agrarian vision on the Illinois Prairie 1840-1890
  • Collinsville at 150: A vibrant diverse community waltzes toward second sesquicentennial

On the cover:

Monarch Butterfly on zinnias. The migration of these amazing insects to Mexico—for some a journey of 3,000 miles without a map or a genetic memory—begins this month. Photo by William Furry.

Issue Price$10.00
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