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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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Pullman National Monument, America's labor history national park, needs your help.

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The Historic Pullman Foundation and Pullman National Monument have been selected by the National Trust for Historic Preservation to compete with 19 other well established National Parks for a share of $2 million dollars in preservation funding. An amount of $250,000 can be won for restoration work at the Pullman National Monument Visitor Center. The voting campaign is between May 25th and July 5th. 

In this national campaign you need to vote daily (early and often). In fact you can vote 41 times for the Pullman National Monument.  Be a prime Pullman supporter, pledge to vote daily from May 25th to July 5th. Your daily votes can helps us compete with the established big National Parks and win $250,000 for the Pullman National Monument restoration.

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Pullman National Monument, Chicago, IL

Pullman National Monument is a testament to the American rail car industry, the rise of the labor movement, the lasting strength of good urban design, and the Pullman Porters’ struggle for unionization. Built in 1880, the Administration Building was designed as the focal point of the country's first planned model industrial town. But today it sits vacant, waiting for new life as the Pullman National Monument Visitor Center.

A $250,000 grant will help preserve the exterior as the building is transformed into a visitor center for the new National Monument—the perfect way for a symbol of American progress to welcome future generations to Pullman.

Show YOUR UNION Pride, Support the Pullman Campaign

Support Pullman and win a free walking tour of the historic labor history sites of the Pullman Neighborhood and Factory.  The Illinois Labor History Society will provide this tour to the one union organization, committee, caucus or local that shows the most creative support for the campaign for Pullman Fund Your Park.  Ideas include:


Take a photo with a sign reading vote Pullman wearing your union swag

Create a video or a vine to get out the vote for Pullman

Write a poem or a song about Pullman performed by your union members

Get creative and tell us why YOUR UNION thinks Pullman, America's labor history park, should win the Fund Your Park contest.  

And Don't Forget to VOTE.

Submit your union's entry to (if file is large, send an email and you will receive instructions on how to load into drop box or other means of delivery).  You can submit your union's entry any time, between May 25-and July 5.  The best entries will be featured online as part of the campaign to get out the vote for Pullman.  And the top entry will win a free tour of the Pullman National Monument.

Rules:  All entries will be judged by ILHS.  All decisions final.  Winner will have to provide their own transportation to Pullman site on day of tour.  Tour to be held in 2016.



To everyone at the Chicago Federation of Labor, Jobs with Justice, the Chicago Federation of Musicians and all who supported the May Day celebration and annual ILHS members meeting.

Photos courtesy of ILHS Vice President, Mike Matejka





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