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110,000 spectators crowd into Soldier Field for the Army v. Navy game, which resulted in a tie at 21-21. It was also the day the field was officially dedicated as Soldier Field.

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Giving Tuesday

December 1, 2020

Consider giving a gift to the Illinois State Historical Society. Your support helps us to continue the important work of the Society to foster awareness, understanding, research, preservation, and recognition of history in Illinois. You can make a difference today! #givingtuesday


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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.


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 on 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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Become a Member

Becoming a member not only supports the Illinois State Historical Society, but also delivers excellent benefits to you giving you an excellent source of historical literature and resources. We offer multiple membership options for all stages and income levels. Look at our Membership area to find a plan that will work for you and join TODAY.

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Seeking Nominations for the ISHS Board of Directors and Advisory Board

The Illinois State Historical Society seeks a few good people to serve on its  Board of Directors and Advisory Board.

Do you know someone who has:

  • enthusiasm for promoting Illinois history through the Illinois State Historical Society’s educational, commemorative, research and publishing activities?
  • experience as a lay-person or professional in the field of local, state, regional and/or national history?
  • concern for connecting the Society with local organizations and communities and expanding the Society’s membership, and ideas for ways of accomplishing these goals?
  • an understanding that Board service involves some personal expense as well as a commitment of time, as the Society holds its Board meetings (usually four per year) and its committee meetings in locations around the State.

Board Meeting, December 5, 2020 (via Zoom)

Board Meeting, December 5, 2020 (via Zoom)

Details coming soon.

Executive Committee Meeting

Subject: Proposed 2021 ISHS Budget 
Date: November 17, 2020
Time: 2 p.m.
Via Conference Call. Please check your email for call-in information

Proposed 2021 ISHS Budget


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