Illinois State Museum to Feature 'Unsung Heroes'

Feb 12, 2018

Anna Heistad (seated at the head of the table in this circa 1930 photograph) is among the 'unsung heroes' to be recognized at the Illinois State Museum this year.
Credit Seven Settlement Houses (University of Illinois at Chicago) / Special Collections and University Archives

A new exhibit opening next month at the Illinois State Museum will feature three "unsung heroes." Museum officials say they're focusing on "ordinary people who did extraordinary things." They are nurse Anna Heistad, who worked in Chicago in the early 19th century during a flu pandemic, missionary worker Minnie Vautrin of Secor, who helped shelter thousands of women and children, and Thomas Jones, a Navy medic.

The display relies on photos and personal objects to tell their stories.


Erika Holst is the Illinois State Museum's curator of decorative arts. She says they are stories of the three individuals show "incredible heroism."


The exhibit opens on March 3 at the museum in Springfield.