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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.

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ISHS Event

1917 East St. Louis Race Massacre Historical Marker Dedication

East St. Louis Historical Society

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The East St. Louis Historical Society and the Illinois State Historical Society announce the dedication of a historical marker commemorating the 1917 East St. Louis Race Massacre. The dedication will take place on Sunday, July 2, 2023 at 2:30 P.M. at the Wyvetter Younge Higher Education Campus of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, located at 601 James R. Thompson Blvd. in East St. Louis.

Freedom & Remembrance Memorial Park/Historical Markers Dedication

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The City of Peoria will host a program on Flag Day, Wednesday, June 14 at 10:00 a.m. to acknowledge the naming of a parcel located at 3917 SW Adams Street as Freedom & Remembrance Memorial Park and dedicate three ISHS Historical Markers. The markers explain the significance of Nance Legins-Costley, Peoria’s Moffatt Cemetery, and the Civil War Veterans Interred in Moffatt Cemetery. The program will be held across the street at the corner of West Montana and South Griswold Streets. Street parking will be available.

ISHS Historical Marker Dedication—Wilhelmina “Minnie” Vauterin, “Goddess of Mercy” at Nanjing

Illinois State Historical Society

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The ISHS will unveil the "Minnie Vautrin–American Goddess of Mercy at Nanjing" on Wednesday, April 12 at 1 p.m. in Secor Community Park.

This marker commemorates the life of Wilhelmina "Minnie" Vautrin, a missionary and educator in Nanjing from 1912-1940, who served as president of Gingling College–the first college to grant a baccalaureate degree to women in China. Vautrin was in Nanjing in 1937 during the Rape of Nanjing.

2023 "Best of Illinois History" Awards and Annual Meeting Banquet

Illinois State Historical Society

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Mark your calendars! The Illinois State Historical Society will host its 124th Annual Meeting this year at the Hoogland Center for the Arts in Springfield on April 29, 2023. At this time, the ISHS will recognize the ISHS's "Best of Illinois History" award recipients for 2023. Twenty-nine remarkable nominees will be honored and awarded for their outstanding achievements and publications on Illinois history.

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