Illinois History: A Magazine
for Young People, produced by IHPA's Educational Services,
features articles researched and written by junior high and high
school students in Illinois. For 57 years the magazine has been
printed and distributed to about 6,000 students in Illinois, but
making it available online allows all students, both in Illinois
and other states, to read and enjoy it.
"Illinois History allows
readers to see our state's history through the eyes of our
children," said IHPA Director Maynard Crossland. "Making the
magazine available online opens more eyes to our fascinating
heritage and showcases the talent of our students who write it."
The December 2003 issue,
"Agriculture in Illinois History,"
is the latest to be published
online. [Individual articles are in Adobe Acrobat.
To download the reader for those files, click here.] Stories include:
--"John Deere Helping
Illinois," by Andrew Bauer, Oregon High School, Oregon. Teacher:
--"The Development of John
Deere Tractors and Their Impacts on Rural Life," by Ben Burke,
Oregon High School, Oregon. Teacher: Sara Werckel.
--"The Lost Dream of the
Farmers' Union," by Miriam Carlson, Heritage School, Rockford.
Teacher: Elizabeth Carlson.
--"Secrets Behind the
Southern Illinois Peaches," by Andrea Carmona, Carbondale
Community High School, Carbondale. Teacher: Patricia Grimmer.
--"Buckwheat: An Illinois
Crop's Growing Uses," by Sarah Damian, Carbondale Community High
School, Carbondale. Teacher: Patricia Grimmer.
--"Truck Farming to Flower
Growing Greenhouses: The Era of Chicago's Urban Agriculture," by
Margot DiMuzio, Jamieson School, Chicago. Teachers: Jackie Turlow
and Bob Newton.
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--"The Effect Early Pioneer
Farmers Had On Government in Illinois," by Jon-Paul Raupp
McDowell, St. Thomas More School, Elgin. Teacher: Melissa Craig.
--"Truck Farming to Flower
Growing: Urban Agriculture," by Katerina Melanis, Jamieson School,
Chicago. Teachers: Jackie Turlow and Bob Newton.
--"Small Company, Big
Contribution," by Bryce Parsons-Twesten, Belleville Township High
School West, Belleville. Teacher: Melissa Schmitt-Crafton.
--"Dixon Springs Experimental
Station," by Devon Romano, Carbondale Community High School,
Carbondale. Teacher: Patricia Grimmer.
--"The History of the Round
Barn Farm," by Kristin Taylor, Brookwood Junior High School,
Glenwood. Teacher: Harry Daley.
Revolution," by Lauren Van Winkle, All Saints Academy, Breese.
Teacher: Stephanie Garcia.
Three previous issues of
Illinois History are available online as well:
Refugees in Illinois Since 1945," December 2002;
Labor Unions," February 2003; and
"Local History," April 2003.
Planned future issues include "Architecture in Illinois History"
and "Sport in Illinois History."
Teachers, students or schools who would like to submit material
for Illinois History should call IHPA's Educational Services at
(217) 785-6916 or use the
e-mail link at
Historic Preservation Agency