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Illinois heritage

A Publication of The Illinois State Historical Society

Fall 2001                  Volume 4 Numbers 1

Illinois heritage
Mission Statement

Illinois Heritage is published quarterly by The Illinois State Historical Society and distributed free to the Society's 2,400 members. Conceived as a vehicle to bring to the public excellent narrative and analyti cal history about Illinois in its local and broader contexts of region and nation, the magazine explores the lives and work of architects, artists, entrepreneurs, homemakers, laborers, naturalists, performers, politicians, reformers, soldiers, and writers. It traces the impact of Illinois on the nation and the world through events that took place here and through well-known figures such as Jane Addams, Jack Benny, Black Hawk, Gwendolyn Brooks, William Jennings Bryan, Al Capone, Bichard J. Daley, John Deere, Everett Dirksen, Stephen Douglas, Ulysses Grant, Abraham Lincoln, Robert Ingersoll, John A. Logan, Elijah Lovejoy, Cyrus McCormick, Fibber McGee & Molly, George Pullman, Carl Sandburg, Louis Sullivan, Frank Lloyd Wright, and Harold Washington. Illinois Heritage examines the influence on the state of non-Illinoisans such as George Rogers dark, Eugene V. Debs, Enrico Fermi, Mary Garden, Louis Jolliet, Charles Lindbergh, A. Philip Randolph, and Joseph Smith. Just as important, it features ordinary Illinois men and women, bringing to light obscure lives and work. In this vein, the editorial staff seeks nonfiction articles that are solidly researched, attractively written, and amenable to illus tration. Scholars, journalists, and freelance writers are encouraged to contribute to the magazine.


7 John Wesley Powell: How a one-armed naturalist from Bloomington became the nation's greatest explorer
by Bill Steinbacher-Kemp

13 Bedside manners: The story of Skokie's first female physician, Dr. A. Loise Klehm
by Gillian Wolf

17 Speaking history: A conversation with Tom Schwartz, Illinois State Historian
by William Furry

27 A tale of three markers
by Tom Teage


5 News

21 History Online

22 Reviews
Passion and prose
Spoon River's Masters
Not yor average bedtime story

Steamboat Whistle Blues
Remembering John Hartford

30 From the archives

Illinois Heritage is published by The Illinois State Historical Society and is printed by William Street Press, Decatur. The Society is a non-profit organization committed to preserving and promoting the heritage and culture of Illinois. Articles and reviews appearing in Illinois Heritage are abstracted and indexed in Historical Abstracts and in America: History and Life.

Cover: Oil portrait of John Wesley Powell, painted by N. H. Busey, circa 1890s. From the collection of the United States Geological Survey- Used by permission.

Illinois Heritage (1SSN 1094-0596) is published by The Illinois State Historical Society, 210-1/2 South Sixth Street, Suite 200, Springfield, IL 62701-1503. It is distributed without charge to members of The Illinois State Historical Society. Membership dues are: student $15 (with current, full-time i.d.); public and school library $30; teacher $30; individual $30; Association of Illinois Museums and Historical Societies $30; household $40; organizational partner $50; sustaining $50; contributing $100; business $100; and life $750. Single issues, when available, are $5.45 each postpaid. A limited number of back issues are available.

Postmaster: Send address changes to Illinois Heritage, The Illinois State Historical Society, 210-1/2 South Sixth Street, Site 200, Springfield, IL 62701-1503.

Copyright ©2001 The Illinois State Historical Society.

To Our Readers:

Welcome to the Fall 2001 issue of Illinois Heritage, the Illinois State Historical Society's popular history magazine devoted to the history, lore, and people of the Prairie State. If this is your first Heritage, we hope you'll find it as delightful to read as we did putting it together. Our cover story celebrates the life and career of John Wesley Powell, perhaps the nation's pre-eminent naturalist and explorer, whose exploits and discoveries in the Grand Canyon captured headlines and turned heads in the first decade after the Civil War. Before leaving the state to head the U.S. Geological Survey in Washington, D.C., Powell taught at Illinois Wesleyan University and Illinois State Normal University (both in Bloomington), and served with the "2" Illinois Light Artillery during the Civil War.

Likewise, the story of Skokie's "First Lady of Family Practice," A. Louise Klehm, presents an excellent account of one Illinois woman's struggle to become a doctor in the days before women could vote, let alone wield a scalpel.

In this issue we also present an interview with Illinois State Historian Tom Schwartz, who discusses the state of the academy, teaching Illinois history in high schools and community colleges, and his hopes for the new Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library.

Heritage, too, will introduce you to the Society's latest historic markers, the state's newest historic site, and the winners of this year's King V. Hostick Awards.

Reviews of new books about Illinois authors Edgar Lee Masters and James Jones are also featured.

So jump into your Illinois Heritage. Share it with a friend. Then write us a letter and tell us what you think. We'd love to hear from you.

Best wishes,

William Furry

The Illinois State
Historical Society

210-1/2 South Sixth Street
Suite 200
Springfield, Illinois 62701-1503

fax: 217/525-2783


Tom Teague
Executive Director

William Furry
Assistant Director,
Editor Illinois Heritage

Sallie L.Brittin
Membership Secretary

Kay Winans

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