On the cover: This early coat of arms for the State of Illinois depicts the prominent features of life in Illinois —agriculture and transportation. Today, 175 years later, advancements in both areas have helped Illinois maintain its position as a strong industrial state.
All photos unless otherwise credited are courtesy Illinois State Historical Library, Mary Michals, Iconographer.
Editor's Note: Illinois College in Jacksonville awarded two partial scholarships to student historians writing research papers in the spring 1993 history fairs on "Illinois: Statehood in 1818." The Illinois College scholarship winning papers are the first two student essays published here. The other papers were selected from those submitted for consideration this fall.
Statehood is an appropriate topic for this month's Illinois History because on December 3, 1993, our state will celebrate its one hundred and seventy-fifth birthday. Here is a present we trust you will value through the years.
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