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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 2016

Illinois Heritage, September–October 2016
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Illinois Heritage, September–October 2016

Volume 19, Number 5

This issue of the magazine highlights two themes:

  1. Sesquicentennial houses of worship around the state.
  2. Agriculture and related topics throughout the state.

Sesquicentennial Churches are chosen from across Illinois based on the following criteria: Minutes of early church board meetings, marriage or baptismal records, grant of official charter, contemporary newspaper advertisements or articles, old city directories. ISHS looks forward to honoring more than 33 Sesquicentennial Churches for the fidelity and witness to others over 150 years of faithfulness to their calling.

Agriculture in Illinois has a long and quite amazing history as one follows the movement and settlements which sprung up in, during and long after pioneer period. Karl Bodmer, a Swiss artist (circa 1832) painted a scenic view of a farm on the southern prairie. It is a good study of the French style of an American Bottom settlement.

Table of Contents



  • Introduction to Agricultural Issue (Sample Article)
  • Illinois Farm Bureau turns 100
  • Jacksonville steam show: A venture into the old world of steam machines (Sample Article)
  • Green futures: African-American farming in Pembroke Township, Kankakee County
  • Forgotten Voices of Illinois History: Poor settlers on the prairie, Rebecca Burlends memoir
  • Alfred Montgomery: Unconventional ;farmer-painter' of corn
  • Dr. John Albert Kennicott: Illinois agriculturist, writer and educator
  • A.E. Staley, Decatur's agribusiness titan: How a North Carolina tobacco plug salesman became the world's king of corn and soy
  • The Al Cline place: A picturesque place of prairie productivity (Sample Article)
  • Milk and dairying: A suggestion for celebrating the Illinois bicentennial
  • Illinois Women Artist series, Part 28: Alice Kellogg Tyler
Issue Price$5.00
Previous Issue Illinois Heritage, March–April 2016
Next Issue Illinois Heritage, May–June 2017

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