Wednesday, February 26, 2020



Civil War Saturday: Meet the Ladies' Soldiers' Aid Society

Illinois Historic Preservation Agency and the Springfield Soldiers' Aid Society

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Join us for this fun, family-friendly program hosted by the Springfield Soldiers' Aid Society. Volunteers in historic attire will help those attending learn about the women who worked in the Old State Capitol during the Civil War and experience history by trying crafts that were popular in that era.  All supplies are provided.

Spanish American War Encampment

Illinois State Military Museum

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Living historians will display equipment, uniforms, and weapons used by over 11,000 Illinois National Guard Soldiers in the Spanish American War. Illinois was the first state to offer troops to the federal government in support of the war.

Ulysses S. Grant comes to Quincy

Historical Society of Quincy and Adams County, Tri-States Civil War Round Table, and O-Donnell-Cookson Celebration of Life Home

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Ulysses S. Grant portrayer Dr. Curt Fields will appear in Quincy on February 27. The program will be held at the O’Donnell-Cookson Celebration of Life Home at 1435 State Street and is free and open to the public. Reservations must be made, however, as seating is limited.

July-August 2019

Volume 22, Number 4

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This issue of Illinois Heritage will fill the hours with Prairie State wonders. New contributor Mark Pohlad, an architectural historian from DePaul University, shares his thoughts on the 100th anniversary of the conveyance of New Salem to the State of Illinois. Kristan McKinsey serves up another out-standing profile in our long-running series on Illinois Women Artists. And Mark Flotow and his camera capture the Lincoln Days festival and Civil War “battle” on Lake Pittsfield, which took place over Memorial Day weekend in Pike County. But that’s not all.

ISHS Director William Shannon IV takes us to East St. Louis to remember a civil rights struggle in 1963, where African-American protestors challenged the community to level the playing field for jobs and to create equitable opportunities previously denied them. Last but never least, John Hallwas presents another “Forgotten Voices from Illinois History,” this time on a little-known publishing house that turned heads around the world toward Prairie City, Illinois.

Thank you for reading Illinois Heritage. Your membership and gifts keep this organization vital and relevant. We cannot serve Illinois history without you. 

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