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Illinois Heritage, May-June 2020

Illinois Heritage, May-June 2020
Elaine Evans

Illinois Heritage, May-June 2020

Volume 23, Number 1

This issue of Illinois Heritage looks to the history of previous pandemics and offers some thoughtful instruction on how our ancestors coped with contagion without antibiotics, the CDC, or the Internet. Thanks to Allen Croessmann and John Hallwas for their research and fascination with public health history. 

We also meet some very interesting individuals who added art and perspective to our vision of the Prairie State through our ongoing series “Voices from Illinois History” and “Illinois Women Artists.”

Our other feature articles in the May-June issue deserve your attention too. Beth Young’s article about Civil War-era nurse Louise Maertz is a tribute to our current care providers on the frontlines of the war against COVID-19; the summaries of civil rights pioneer Frederick Douglass’s lectures from his 1866 visits to Springfield are revealing of Reconstruction-era politics; and Guy Fraker’s analysis of a forgotten Lincoln legal case should illuminate lawyers and arm-chair scholars alike.

Be safe, practice self-distancing, be kind to others, and share your Heritage.

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Table of Contents


  • To our readers
  • President’s message
  • ISHS News
  • The honor roll


  • The Lincoln collector
  • “My country is the world”: its people, and the cemetery where many are buried
  • Voices from Illinois history: Journalist Elia Peattie and The Precipice
  • Funk vs. Rutledge: A recently discovered Lincoln case
  • Frederick Douglass in Springfield: The greatest orator of the 19th century speaks on Lincoln and Reconstruction
  • Cholera epidemics on the frontier (Sample article)
  • Tales from past pandemics
  • Coinmetromania: Practicing self-distancing and getting exercise in the local cemetery
  • Saving trees on historic Route 97: Red haws, bur oaks, and other shady enterprises
  • Obituary: Rand Burnette

On the cover:

Photograph of Frederick Douglass, taken at Bowman’s New Gallery in Ottawa, Illinois in April 1866 while Douglass was lecturing around the state.

Issue Price$10.00

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