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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Photos from previous events.
Bookstore and reviews.
Celebrate Labor Day With the ILHS
Bring your entire family to Pullman on Labor Day for family fun, history and a celebration of workers. Not in the Chicago area? There are labor day events all over the State of Illinois! Check out this list of Labor Day celebrations compiled by the Illinois AFL-CIO here.
Photos from May Day 2016
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