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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, September–October 2023

Illinois Heritage, September–October 2023

Illinois Heritage, September–October 2023

Volume 26, Number 5

To our readers

In this issue of Illinois Heritage we meet several interesting people from our Prairie State past—Studs Terkel, Milton Kimbler, Eve Josephson Garrison, ––and we revisit Eldorado, Illinois, at the turn of the last century when rioters shut down a Tuskegee model school for African American children and created a “sundown town” in southern Illinois. We also look at the Potawatomi Trail of Death, which came through central Illinois in 1837. 

2024 membership renewals for the Society are going out in coming weeks. Please renew as soon as possible using your ISHS membership number, which you’ll find with your mailing label on the back of the Heritage. Online renewals save us postage, which, if you notice, keeps climbing.

Thanks for all you do for Illinois history. Renew today and share your Heritage. 

William Furry
Executive Director

Table of Contents


  • To our readers
  • President’s message
  • Letters
  • ISHS News
  • Obituary – Wolf Fuhrig
  • The honor roll


  • Forgotten voices of Illinois history: Studs Terkel
  • Women artists series #55: Eve Josephson Garrison
  • The teaching moment
  • Historical headlines: the Trail of Tears
  • Priscilla’s hollyhocks (Sample Article)
  • The sad life of Milton Kibler (Sample Article)
  • 2023 Sesquicentennial Houses of Worship
  • Welcome to The Arlee
  • The forgotten story of Eldorado, part II
  • Drive-in: Early days of an independent fast-food restaurant

About the cover:

The historic Mt. Pulaski Courthouse is part of the 8th Judicial Circuit, which Illinois lawyer Abraham Lincoln traveled in the 1840s and ‘50s. The courthouse lawn is home to a new Lincoln statue, “The Pursuit of Truth,” by John McClarey.

Issue Price$10.00
Previous Issue Illinois Heritage, July–August 2023

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