Tuesday, November 28, 2023

Introducing the Illinois History Collaborative

Explore the best of Illinois history like never before

Established in March 2020, the Illinois History Collaborative at Illinois State Historical Society brings together bright minds with a vision for making a difference in the history community.

The collaborative gives young professionals in the history community the opportunity to connect the past to the present through social, educational, networking, and philanthropic opportunities with the Illinois State Historical Society.

Illinois History Collaborative members are creative, connected, and charitable leaders who come together to support the inspiring mission of the Illinois State Historical Society. Member not only support the Society’s efforts to foster awareness, understanding, research, preservation, and recognition of history in Illinois—they also collaborate to develop impactful and innovative programming in communities across Illinois.

Illinois History Collaborative members make our community vibrant! Members support strategic priorities of the Illinois State Historical Society including:


Each year, ISHS awards scholarships to the best and the brightest! Seven deserving high school and graduate students received support last year.


Through a variety of annual awards and recognition programs, ISHS recognizes places and spaces of historical significance in Illinois; the historical achievements of Illinois businesses and houses of worship; and significant contributions of individuals to the field of Illinois history.


With a 121-year history of leading scholarly publications including the Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society and popular Illinois Heritage magazine, ISHS has a longstanding tradition of serious scholarship.

Why join the Illinois History Collaborative? Explore the best of Illinois history like never before!

  • Meet new friends who share your interests
  • Engage with leaders in the field
  • Enjoy access to leading publications on Illinois History
  • Attend fun, exclusive events
  • Your membership in the Illinois History Collaborative supports special ISHS projects

YES! I want to join the Illinois History Collaborative today!

The Illinois History Collaborative is a history-focused community for young professionals to connect, network, learn, engage, share information, and attend events. Guided by the mission and values of the Illinois State Historical Society, this diverse and inclusive community serves to unite Illinois history enthusiasts around common interests and passions and to encourage the respectful and free exchange of ideas.

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