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Illinois Heritage

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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.

General News

Shine a Light Project: Historic Preservation and Interpretation on Springfield's East Side

Sangamon County Historical Society Celebrates Black History Month

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Three buildings that played a prominent role in Springfield’s African American history will be the topic of the Sangamon County Historical Society’s video program to be released Tuesday, February 16, 2021. Speakers Kathryn Harris and Sue Massie will discuss preservation and awareness efforts planned for the John Taylor House, Lincoln Colored Home and First Black Fire House, all of which contributed to the lives of African Americans in our community. 

Ink to Paper: Exploring the Advancement of Letter Writing and its Uses

Madison County Historical Society

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A new exhibit, Ink to Paper: Exploring the Advancement of Letter Writing and its Uses, has just opened at the Madison County Archival Library at 801 N. Main Street, Edwardsville. In the exhibit, David Thompson, explores something that is becoming a lost art: letters. The exhibit looks at the instruments used to write them, the various types of letters, and even the stamps that were used to send letters. Many items in the exhibit come from the recently donated Flagg Collection.

Blanket Fort Radio Theater: A Storytelling Initiative from SIU Press in Collaboration with the SIU Creative Writing Program and WSIU

Southern Illinois University Press

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Blanket Fort Radio Theater (BFRT) is a new collection of serialized audiobooks from Southern Illinois University Press. In contrast to standard audiobooks, BFRT productions have a distinctive sound that features musical underscoring and many actors playing various roles, giving the recordings the nostalgic feel of radio theater shows. BFRT productions are released weekly as podcast episodes.

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