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The IUR Has Temporarily Relocated

In order to accomodate ongoing renovations in Rendleman Hall, the Institute for Urban Research has temporarily relocated to the East St. Louis Campus, Building A. You can still reach us at Campus Box 1246, and at (618) 650-5262. Thank you to the SIUE East St. Louis Center for welcoming us – we look forward to working beside you for the next several months!

The Virtual East St. Louis Historical Society Website has Launched!

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In honor of East St. Louis' 152nd birthday, the Institute for Urban Research is officially launching the Virtual East St. Louis Historical Society Website!

The Virtual East St. Louis Historical Society is an online portal that provides digital access to a variety of first and second-hand historical sources about the city of East St. Louis. The site gives users an interactive way to explore the rich history of East St. Louis through a variety of photos, videos, articles, newspapers, and facts about the city.

Click here or follow the "History" link on the navigation bar at the top of the page to access the site.



"The High School Question" survey data coming soon

Coming later this spring will be an analysis of the survey data of Dr. Sarah VanSlette's research into the effects of the age-old St. Louis question "Where did you go to high school?"

Dr. VanSlette's findings will report on the effect of the "high school question" on non-native St. Louisians, with information such as how many times they've been asked the question, how being a transplant influences employee relationships in workplaces, and how the question in general makes them feel about the St. Louis area.

Please stay tuned for the full analysis!

In the meantime, you can check out the Riverfront Times article about Dr. VanSlette's research, and their interactive flowchart to find out which school you might have attended had you lived in St. Louis at that time.

(flowchart snapshot courtesy of the Riverfront Times, article author Aimee Levitt)

IUR Publications

An East St. Louis Anthology: The Origins of a River City
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The Making of an All-America City - East St. Louis at 150
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East St. Louis, Illinois (Images of America Series)
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