Become a Member

Benefits of Membership

Not only does your membership help keep the Historical Society going, but it also benefits you directly by giving you access to both advertise your local historical events and to save money on historical information publications and services that we provide.


  • Subscription to the quarterly Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society, scholarly journal
  • Subscription to Illinois Heritage: A Publication of the Illinois State Historical Society, bimonthly popular history magazine
  • 20% discount on most other publications
  • Discounts on event and tour fees
  • Invitations to Society functions
  • Right to participate in Society elections, committees, and serve on the board of directors
  • Ability to add your announcements to the ISHS website
  • Ability to add your events to the ISHS events calendar


Membership Levels

Foreign membership, please add an additional $20.00 to help defray cost of postage.

Additional Contributions

Please consider contributing at a higher level to support the programs of the Society.

  • Friend, $250
  • Patron, $500
  • Lincoln Silver, $1,000

Illinois State Historical Society membership is now by calendar year (January 1 through December 31). Those joining the Society midyear will receive all publications from January 1 of that year through the twelve-month cycle.