Tuesday, August 11, 2020


Elaine Evans

Illinois Heritage, July - August 2018

Now available!

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David Joens serves as guest editor of this issue of Illinois Heritage. His gifts of enthusiasm, professionalism, and passion for the history of our Prairie State––and most  especially his love of the architectural wonders of our Illinois statehouse––make him a splendid guide. To accomplish his task he has enlisted the help of John Lupton, director of the Illinois Supreme Court Historical Society; Mark Sorensen, past ISHS president and ex officio historian of the capitol; and illustrator William Crook Jr., who has shared one of his exquisite watercolor/pen and ink portraits of the statehouse for our cover. David also tells the story of a twelve-year collaboration between the ISHS and the Illinois House of Representatives to restore an amazing 19th-century montage that now hangs in the state capitol. The montage features individual photos of the entire 1879 House of Representatives.

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Alexander Hesler's Abraham Lincoln Portrait Arrives in Cumberland County

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A high-quality reproduction of a famous Abraham Lincoln photograph will be presented to the Cumberland County Courthouse on Friday, October 5. The unveiling ceremony will take place at 2 p.m. in the courthouse, 1 Courthouse Square, Toledo. The event is open to the public.

Creole House Open House

Randolph County Historical Society

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The Randolph County Historical Society will conduct guided tours of the Creole House on September 16, from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m.

The original portion of the Creole House was built in approximately 1800 by Dr. Robert McDonald, who had migrated to Prairie du Rocher from South Carolina. This one room dwelling was used as a living room, kitchen, dining area, and sleeping quarters. MacDonald later added a second room which was used as either an office or as an additional bedroom. This portion of the house was constructed in a manner that was and still is called “half-timber” and was common in Europe throughout the Middle Ages, and continued there through the early 1800s.

57th Annual Corn Fest at Charter Oak School

Randolph County Historical Society

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Good Food, Good Fun and a Good Cause at 57th Annual Corn Fest!

If good food, good music and a good time are on your to-do list don't miss the 57th Annual Corn Fest at the historic eight-sided, one-room Charter Oak School, Saturday, August 4th near Schuline, Illinois. The Randolph County Historical Society will prepare a feast of fried chicken, sliced tomatoes, all you can eat corn on the cob (on-site), Indian Corn Pudding, ice cream, and beverage. Serving begins at 4 p.m. The festivities include period music, school tours, and a country store with fresh home baked goods, home canned goods and fresh garden produce available for purchase. 
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