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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 2023

Illinois Heritage, March–April 2023

Illinois Heritage, March–April 2023

Volume 26, Number 2

From the Editor

This issue of Illinois Heritage is full of fascinating stories about Illinoisans who have made a difference in Illinois and Midwestern history, starting with Robert Preston Taylor, a lawyer and scientist who worked at the Illinois State Museum for decades designing exhibits and dioramas. William Edgar Brotherton was a WWI aviator who flew with famed pilot Eddie Rickenbacker before being shot down in France. And in this issue we unveil a new ISHS public history initiative, “The Land and the People Hold Memories,” an opportunity for post WWII citizens to write about their experiences between 1946-1975 and be published in a forthcoming volume of Illinois non-fiction narratives. We also begin a new series called “Eating Illinois,” which focuses on dining experiences in exceptional locales.

Thanks to all who have renewed their 2023 ISHS memberships and given us the momentum to move into our 124th year, to continue publishing the Journal and Illinois Heritage, and to celebrate our Prairie State history and culture. Thanks for all you do to share our common heritage.

William Furry
Executive Director

Table of Contents


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


  • Land and the People Hold Memories project
  • Illinois Women Artists series, Atlan Ceramic Club (Sample Article)
  • Historical Headlines: Early reviews of Jane Addams’ Hull House
  • Robert Preston Taylor: Lawyer and Illinois State Museum professional
  • War Bride: Sergeant Ronald Lockwood and his World War II treasure, Doris (Sample Article)
  • Eating Illinois: DJ’s on Chestnut
  • William Edgar Brotherton, World War I aviator and pilot
  • Forgotten Voices of Illinois History: Jerry Klein
  • The Lincoln Collector: Glamor vs. grammar
  • The Teachable Moment: Black organizing in pre-Civil War Illinois
  • Lincoln on abolition in England and the United States
  • Wethersfield students connect the past to the present and future

On the cover

Robert Preston Taylor trained as a lawyer but found his true calling at the Illinois State Museum as an exhibit designer and later as a lecturer about African American history.
--Photo courtesy Illinois State Museum

Issue Price$10.00
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