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Illinois Heritage, September–October 2020

Illinois Heritage, September–October 2020
Elaine Evans

Illinois Heritage, September–October 2020

Volume 23, Number 5

Prairie State history is seldom as pristine as our cover might suggest.

Sometimes it is downright gritty…and then there are the horseflies and gnats. But it is always interesting and sometimes downright fascinating. The September-October issue offers so many examples, from the profiles of Ethel Mars, John Dos Passos, Harriett Rendall, and Ada Miser Kepley to the fascinating essay on Illinois Senator Stephen A. Douglas, author of the 1854 Kansas-Nebraska Act, which propelled Abraham Lincoln into the White House, provoked a Civil War, and led to the Emancipation Proclamation. Douglas biographer Reg Ankrom opens a window to our past, where we can reflect on the unresolved conflicts that have contributed to our social unrest today. It’s all good reading in your Illinois Heritage.

Thanks again, to all of you who contributed to our COVID 19 appeal, which helped get us through a difficult summer. May you all stay well, and may the autumn fall colorfully, and gently, in Illinois.

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Table of Contents


  • To our readers
  • President’s message
  • Letters
  • ISHS News
  • Coinmetromania: Their labor struggles are over, but not forgotten
  • Obituary: Nancy Lanphier Chapin
  • The honor roll


  • Illinois Women Artists, Part 41: Ethel Mars, artist, bohemian (Sample Article)
  • Forgotten Voice from Illinois History: John Dos Passos, author of U.S.A. Trilogy
  • The Lincoln collector, #3
  • Historical headlines “Votes for women”
  • Quincy’s Harriet Rendall: Ardent teen-age journalist
  • Ada Miser Kepler: Illinois attorney, temperance leader, suffragette
  • Grinding a living: The windmills of Edwards County and Burnt Prairie (Sample Article)
  • Essay: Illinois’ Stephen A. Douglas, statues, and slavery
  • Guestwork: My date with “Rona” and Discovery within discover: Inspiration in quarantine
  • Chasing the clues: Working with an unattributed snapshot of Theodore Roosevelt
  • Lord Charnwood in Springfield

On the Cover

The Rexroat Prairie, located on Route 78 and Virginia Road, south of Virginia, Illinois, was established in 1976 and name for Rollo Rexroat, a self-taught botanist who collected native prairie plant species. The Rexroat cabin was moved from Bluff Springs and dates from 1860. The 1850-era “dogtrot” cabin was moved from Flat Gap, Kentucky, in 2002.
Photo by William Furry


Issue Price$10.00

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