Place yourself in the historical record

Thank you for making the inaugural UIS History Harvest a success! 

Students from Dr. Devin Hunter’s undergraduate Public History class and Dr. Ken Owen’s graduate History and Digital Media invited members of the public to bring and share any and all political memorabilia from the past: letters, photographs, diaries, buttons, bumper stickers, along with their stories. After the October 22, 2016 harvest concluded, students created this free-to-access archive and digital exhibit that presents and preserves materials brought in on the day.

The goal of this History Harvest is to democratize and widen our understanding of the electoral process. Though elections are celebrated as giving voice to the people, all too often our historical understanding of elections is dominated by campaign managers and political elites. By collecting information on the historical memories of the local electorate, this History Harvest provides a unique insight into how ordinary citizens in central Illinois have participated in and remembered the democratic process.

The UIS History Harvest is part of a national movement connecting communities and universities through the practice of local history. More background on the national movement can be found here. For more information on the 2016 UIS History Harvest, see our Frequently Asked Questions page.

Stay tuned for details about the next UIS History Harvest, tentatively scheduled with a new theme for 2018!

Recently Added Items

Military Discharge Certificate


Honorable Discharge Certificate awarded to Lanzy M. Baker on May 29, 1952 for serving in the United States Army.

"History Made" Hillary Clinton Magnet


Magnet commemorating Hillary Clinton's nomination as Democratic nominee for the 2016 Presidential Election

"Stop Bigotry" Sticker


From the 2016 presidential campaign, this sticker features an outline of presidential candidate Donald Trump, along with the slogan, "Stop Bigotry."

"Don't Boo...Vote" Obama Sticker


Barack Obama Campaign-inspired voter participation advocacy sticker.