Thursday, June 24, 2021


2021 Best of Illinois History Awards and ISHS Annual Meeting

Illinois Heritage, May–June 2021

Volume 24, Number 3

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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. Kristan McKinsey 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.

Teaching Lincoln's Evolving Views on Race (ALPLM Teachers Workshop)

Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum

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In this hands-on, interactive session led by ALPLM's Lincoln Historian, Dr. Christian McWhirter, and Director of Education, Heather Nice, participants will engage in a short conversation about historical context before examining a collection of primary sources to evaluate how to teach Lincoln's views on race and slavery.

Summer Music at ALPLM

Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum

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Live music fills the air with the Springfield Municipal Band playing a variety of popular musical selections to welcome our guests. The band will be performing just outside of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum’s entrance from 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

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