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Today in history

5/23/1968

The Morrow Plots at the University of Illinois are added to the National Register of Historic Places. It was established in 1876 as the first experimental corn field at an American college and continues to be used today, although with three plots of much reduced size, instead of the original ten half-acre lots.

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Publications

Publications

Illinois Heritage is our publication designed to encourage various professional, amateur historians and the general public to explore and write about Prairie State history for a broad audience.

The Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society is the scholarly publication with peer-reviewed Journal articles, essays, and documents about history, literature, art technology, law, and other subjects related to Illinois and the Midwest.

Historical Markers

Historical Markers

Since 1934, the Illinois State Historical Society has erected more than 500 historical markers statewide. Subjects of historical significance to Illinois are co-sponsored by local organizations and supporters. The Illinois State Historical Society coordinates the placement and management of historical markers throughout the state.

Our online store is now open

The Illinois State Historical Society has worked hard to open an online store which features literature and hard-goods which are related to Illinois. These are often hard to find or limited run items.

If you have a history buff in your family that is hard to buy for this is your place to shop! While anyone can purchase items we offer additional discounts to ISHS members. Visit our store to browse the current inventory of items, item availability and inventory will change often.

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Latest News

Cemetery Preservation Workshop

ISHS, Madison County Historical Society and the St. Clair County Historical Society

The ISHS is joining with the Madison County Historical Society and the St. Clair County Historical Society to present a Cemetery Preservation Workshop.

Illinois Heritage, March–April 2022

Volume 25, Number 2

Illinois Heritage, March–April 2022

The April May edition of Illinois Heritage showcases features by our favorite writers—”Forgotten Voices of Illinois History” (John Hallwas), “Women Artists in Illinois, (Kristan H. McKinsey), “The Lincoln Collection” (James Cornelius), “Historical Headlines” (Mark Sorensen)—but also some new contributors who cast their spotlights on places and people and events in Illinois that deserve our attention. Thanks to Juliene McCormick, Mike Matejka, and Dean Karau for sharing their resources and talents.

The Illinois Heritage is just one of the benefits of being a member of the Illinois State Historical Society. Members also receive the quarterly Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society, a 20% discount on most Society publications, invitations to Society events, tours at a discounted rate, and are eligible to participate in Society elections and serve on the Society Board, Advisory Board, and Committees. 

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2022 Best of Illinois History Awards

2022 Best of Illinois History Awards

The Illinois State Historical Society (ISHS) revealed the 2022 “Best of Illinois History” award winners on Saturday, April 9, at 11:30 at the Hoogland Center for the Arts in Springfield. This year’s award recipients traveled across the state and the nation to accept their awards, which celebrate the best Illinois history books and authors, exhibits and exhibitors, filmmakers, playwrights, and over-achievers who make the Prairie State an outstanding place “to foster awareness, understanding, research, preservation, and recognition of history in Illinois.”

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  • 2nd Annual History Hunt! (4/27/2022 10:00 AM)
    4/27/2022 10:00 AM

    2nd Annual History Hunt!

    Help us celebrate Ulysses S. Grant’s Bicentennial with the kick-off of our 2nd Annual History Hunt through the City of Galena! Get your map and join the fun – scavenge around the City of Galena searching out clues to Historical Events and Places alone or with your whole family! Compete for prizes or just enjoy learning the fascinating history of Galena and its’ people.

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  • Walk With General Grant Tour (5/28/2022 10:00 AM)
    5/28/2022 10:00 AM

    Walk With General Grant Tour

    Cost: $20
    Ages 10+
    Desoto House Hotel, 230 South Main Street, Galena, Illinois

    No one knows downtown like our own General Grant. He’s more than happy to take you and your family for a tour of his favorite places on Main Street – like the DeSoto House and the famous Green Street stairs. He’ll share the stories associated with the many buildings on the National Historic Register and share his experiences when his family owned a leather and saddlery shop more than 150 years ago.

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  • Come Meet Lincoln, Grant, Twain (8/13/2022)
    8/13/2022

    Come Meet Lincoln, Grant, Twain

    Come meet Lincoln Grant Twain
    At the Gov. John Wood Mansion, 425 S. 12th, Quincy, Illinois.
    Tours start at 4:00 PM
    Special Performances
    Space Limited
    To make a reservation call: (217) 222-1835

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Do you have an exciting local history news story or an event that you would like to share? Use this form to submit it and after a quick review it will be added to our news roll or events calendar. The goal is to add news and events from all over the state to celebrate Illinois’ rich history. Get involved and get the word out about news and events in your area.

 

 

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