Sunday, September 19, 2021


Welcome to the Illinois State Historical Sociey's online store. Over the years the Society has accumulated many books and since it is neither a research center nor a lending library, we have created this Store to make these books available for purchase. Most are single title items in like new condition. In addition to books, we are also offering for sale back issues of the Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society, art work, and stationery. All proceeds from these sales will be used to support the Illinois State Historical Society.

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My Dear Aunt Martha: A 19th Century American Epic from the Letters of Those Who Lived It -
Manufacturer: Barbara J. Shave
My Dear Aunt Martha: A 19th Century American Epic from the Letters of Those Who Lived It

My Dear Aunt Martha is a 19th century pioneer epic that is based upon a collection of nearly 80 letters between Scots-Irish settlers of the Illinois Territory and the loved ones they left behind in Pennsylvania. These documents provide first-person perspectives upon ordinary and extraordinary events of the period 1811-1893 that we know only from history books. Toughened to frontier hardships by heritage, the men and women of these letters eagerly claimed land near the Mississippi River that was opened to settlement after the War of 1812. To America’s heartland they brought the Presbyterian ideals of independence and the rights and responsibilities of man upon which their parents had helped to found the nation. The history of 19th century America unfolds through these unique narratives. Written on tiny scraps, sealed with wax and transported by horseback, the earliest writings related hardships, fellowships, loneliness and frustrations.


Illinois State Historical Society Award of Excellence, 2011


Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2011


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