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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.

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Illinois Heritage, March–April 2016

Illinois Heritage, March–April 2016
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Illinois Heritage, March–April 2016

Volume 19, Number 2

In this issue, we celebrate the election of Kathryn Harris as the first female and first African American president of the Abraham Lincoln Association. Next we share with you our nominations for the ISHS officers, directors, and advisors, who will help take us into the state’s 200th anniversary.

This issue also includes Gina Wysocki’s history of the Will County Poor Farm, reprinted with permission of the author and the Will County Historical Society, which published the piece nearly a decade ago. Many counties had their own facilities for indigent populations in the late 19th and early 20th centuries; none was especially memorable as a comfortable haven for the poor. 

Finally, we include two new features in this issue: An Illinois Crossword puzzle, courtesy of Blue River Press; and a canvas of Illinois “heroes” submitted by several of our 2,700 Facebook friends. Not a Facebook friend of the ISHS? Join the discussion and share your Illinois Heritage! Happy, happy Spring!

Table of Contents


  • To our readers
  • President’s message
  • Letters
  • News
  • Crossword puzzle (Famous Illinoisans)
  • The honor roll


  • The past steps forward: A conversation with Kathryn Harris, the new president of the Abraham Lincoln Association
  • Meet your candidates: Nominees for the ISHS Board of Directors and Advisory Board
  • Winter’s last hurrah!
  • First stop, final rest: Will County Poor Farm was the beginning and often the end for northern Illinois’ indigent population
  • The history conversation: ISHS Facebook friends name their Prairie State heroes
  • Illinois Women Artists, part 25, Doris Emrick Lee
  • Opium of the masses
  • The roads less traveled (photos by Gary DeNeal)

On the cover:

Kathryn Harris, President of the Abraham Lincoln Association, historical re-enactor, and former Director of Library Services at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library.   
--Photograph by David Blanchette


Issue Price$5.00
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