Place yourself in the historical record

Thank you for making the UIS History Harvest a success! 

The UIS History Harvest is a collaboration between students from Dr. Devin Hunter’s undergraduate Public History class and Dr. Ken Owen’s graduate History and Digital Media class. Over the course of two Harvests, in 2016 and 2018, the public shared with us their photographs, artifacts, documents, and memories under the inaugural theme on elections and politics and the second theme of "Being Illinoisan." Students digitized items, and continue to contribute images and information to this online archive and exhibit space.

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. By collecting information on the historical memories of the local people, this History Harvest provides a unique insight into how ordinary citizens in central Illinois have participated in and remembered historical events large and small.

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 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 2020!

Recently Added Items

New Berlin High School Yearbook


1965 New Berlin High School yearbook. Images of clubs, sport teams, and students.

Purple Heart for PFC Ardell Van Over


A Purple Heart medal awarded to the family of PFC Ardell Van Over posthumously in 1952. PFC Van Over fought in the Battle of the Bulge where according…

World War II Memorial Flag for PFC Ardell Van Over


American Flag given on behalf of the United States Army to the family of Private First Class Ardell Van Over in 1952. PFC Van Over fought in World War…

Scrapbooks of Local Lithuanian American History


A set of scrapbooks dedicated to photographs of the Lithuanian American people of the Springfield area. Filled with photos that have been collected…