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Illinois Heritage, May–June 2021

Illinois Heritage, May–June 2021
Elaine Evans

Illinois Heritage, May–June 2021

Volume 24, Number 3

To our readers:

In this issue of Illinois Heritage we celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Illinois State Archives, the venerable institution that houses the state’s most important government records. We also announce the winners of the 2021 “Best of Illinois History” awards.

Contributor Clark “Bucky” Halker, labor historian and former director of Illinois Humanities, explores Illinois’ rich history of songwriting and labor activism for the earliest days of coal mining through the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW), focusing on the strong religious roots of the movement. In his “Forgotten Voices of Illinois History” essay, John Hallwas reintroduces us to John Hay, the poet, biographer, diplomat, and statesman who had the ear of presidents from Lincoln to Roosevelt. Candace Summers writes about the relatively unknown Bloomington artist Emily Howard, and Todd Carr of Elizabethtown takes us on a spring waterfall hike in the Shawnee National Forest.

Thanks to all of you for renewing your membership in the Illinois State Historical Society. You sustain the great work that began in 1899, to “foster awareness, understanding, research, preservation, and recognition of history in Illinois.” With your continued support, Illinois history will always have a great future.

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Table of Contents


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


  • Illinois Women Artists series, #45, Emily Howard
  • Forgotten voice of Illinois past, John Hay
  • Illinois State Archives at 100 (Sample article)
  • The Best of Illinois History Awards
  • 2021 Verna Ross Orndorff Student Essay Winner
  • The Lincoln Collector #7, The world loves Lincoln
  • The worker’s muse: Labor song-poems and labor protest in Illinois 1863-1900
  • Waterfall hiking in southern Illinois
  • Historical headlines: Illinois gangsters meet their fate (Sample article)


  • The Missouri-Illinois Railroad

On the cover:

“Sangamon River Rail Crossing,” photo by J. Kevin Toelle.

Issue Price$10.00

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