Drummer silty clay loam is designated as the official state soil. More than 1.7 million acres of Drummer soil have been mapped in more than a third of Illinois' 102 counties. They qualify as prime farmland and are some of the most productive soils in the world.
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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.
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.
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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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.
The Conference on Illinois History is accepting paper or panel proposals on any aspect of Illinois’s history, culture, politics, geography, or archaeology. We encourage submissions from professional and avocational historians, students, and those engaged in the study of Illinois history at libraries, historic sites, museums, and historical societies.
On Tuesday, December 3, the Illinois State Historical Society hosts its annual Illinois History Symposium, in conjunction with a UIS "Lunch and Learn" program. Join us for one or all of the Symposium sessions. Morning and afternoon presentations are free to attend with complimentary snack refreshments. The Lunch and Learn program is $23/person and requires a reservation.
As a special feature to the annual conference of the Illinois Association of Museums in 2019, we are looking for museum media features which are used in an exhibit/gallery setting to be celebrated by museum professionals at the historic Normal Theater. Features will be selected for screening by a jury of museum professionals from the Illinois Association of Museums and shown at the Normal Theater, 209 West North Street, Normal, IL on November 19, 2019 during the conference.
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St. Andrew’s Summer Book Fair
The St. Andrew’s Summer Book Fair will be held on August 6, at 406 Hillsboro Avenue in Edwardsville, Illinois. Hours, by reservation only, will be 3 p.m. – 8 p.m. The number of patrons at any given time will be limited to no more than 30.
The St. Andrew’s Summer Book Fair will be held on August 7, at 406 Hillsboro Avenue in Edwardsville, from 9 a.m. until noon.
"Remembering Edgewater Beach Hotel" Book Release
Please join us at the Edgewater Historical Society Museum on August 8, 2021, from 4-7 p.m., for the release of the new Arcadia book, Remembering Edgewater Beach Hotel.
Summer Reading Club: The Green Bicycle (Virtual)
How determined are you to get what you really want? In The Green Bicycle by Haifaa al Mansour, eleven-year-old Saudi Arabian girl, Wadjda, is driven to get her hands on a green bicycle.
A 'No-holds Barred' Interview with President/General Ulysses S Grant (Zoom)
Fellow Illinoisan, Ulysses S Grant, is one of the least understood of our American heroes. He is regarded highly by some and scorned by others.
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