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The Illinois Labor History Society Seeks to encourage the preservation and study of labor history materials of the Illinois Region, and to arouse public interest in the profound significance of the past to the present. Learn more>>

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Illinois Labor History Workshop and Tour: 

Tuesday, August 2, 9 am-4:30 pm

Do You Want to Learn More About Labor History AND receive 7 hours of CPDU Credit?

Registration: Here

Sponsored by: The Illinois Labor History Society, the Chicago Metro History Education Center, Teaching with Primary Sources Program at DePaul University, Pullman National Monument and supported by the Illinois & Michigan Canal Heritage Area Internship Grant Program

Location:  Historic Pullman Visitors Center, 11141 S. Cottage Grove, Chicago, IL
Cost: $10 to cover the cost of lunch, please bring your payment to the training.
From the canals, railroads and beyond, the workers whose labor created Illinois transportation systems profoundly transformed the state's landscape, and helped build Chicago into a center of national industry.  This full-day workshop and tour will concentrate on two important parts of this story: the workers who built the I&M Canal and the story of the Pullman rail car workers.  Held in the historic town of Pullman, which recently became part of the National Park System, this training will allow you to step back in time, and experience first-hand this important labor history story, while providing practical tools teachers can use in their classrooms.

Pullman Clock Tower




Welcome to the NEW ILHS Website

We are very pleased to welcome you to the newly renovated ILHS website.  We invite you to explore the site.  It contains many of the same features and content that made our former website so popular, but it also has new additions:

Looking for a recommendation for a good labor book or CD?  Check out our new reviews section, with reviews of some of the latest labor history books and musical cds, written by ILHS Vice President Mike Matejka.

Hoping to attend an ILHS event? Check our our calendar for upcoming programs.

Needing a daily-dose of labor history?  Check out Labor History in 2:00 a two-minute daily history podcast created in partnership with the Rick Smith Radio Show.

Do you have suggestions or comments about our new site?  Contact ILHS







"The day will come when our silence will be more powerful than the voice you are throttling today." August Spies, 1855-1887

"And I long to see the day when Labor will have the destiny of the nation in her own hands and she will stand as a united force and show the world what the workers can do." Mary Harris 'Mother' Jones, 1830-1930

“What does labor want? We want more schoolhouses and less jails; more books and less arsenals; more learning and less vice; more leisure and less greed; more justice and less revenge; in fact, more of the opportunities to cultivate our better natures, to make manhood more noble, womanhood more beautiful, and childhood more happy and bright.." Samuel Gompers, 1850-1924 

“Freedom is never given it is won.”             A Philip Randolph, 1889-1979