Content for the galleries comes from a variety of first and second-hand sources. The galleries outline some of East St. Louis' most well-known and significant events, as well as day to day depictions of historical East St. Louis culture.
The Galleries of the East St. Louis Virtual Historical Society are given meaning and purpose by the context in which they are created and how they are showcased. The goal is not merely to reproduce existing objects and images but to actualize new ones through the promotion of cultural development. The galleries are developed to engage the public with a way of looking at the past. Different techniques and displays are used to demonstrate how images can be adapted to a changing society through effectively educating and creating a sense of awareness, interest, and/or curiosity.
Do you have photos, pictures, or documents related to East. St. Louis History that you would like to share? Please contact the Institute for Urban Research at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville or send us an email.