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History Exhibits and Events

  ISM System Exhibits: History   

Anthropology Exhibit
These case exhibits focus on archaeological and ethnographic topics and artifacts such as Native American pottery, basketry, weavings, weapons, and tools. Find out more ...



At Home in the Heartland
Listen to the stories of real people who lived in Illinois. Immerse yourself in the dramatic changes in household life over the past 300 years. Find out more ...



Civil War Quilters: Loyal Hearts of Illinois -- Opening May 06, 2014

This exhibition presents a fresh perspective on the Civil War by uncovering the fascinating stories of Illinois women who rigorously supported their fathers, husbands, brothers, sons, and friends from the home front. Find out more ...

Please note that exhibit dates are subject to change.
To confirm dates, please call the appropriate site.



From Humble Beginnings: Lincoln's Illinois 1830-1861 -- January 01, 2014 to July 30, 2014

To commemorate the bicentennial of Abraham Lincoln's birth the Illinois State Museum presents a captivating perspective of the Illinois Lincoln called home through objects and stories of the people who lived here. Find out more ...

Currently on exhibit at the ISM Dickson Mounds Museum from January 01, 2014 to July 30, 2014

Please note that exhibit dates are subject to change.
To confirm dates, please call the appropriate site.



Peoples of the Past
Life-sized dioramas and finely crafted artifacts bring to life Illinois' rich Native American heritage. Find out more ...



The Mary Ann MacLean Play Museum
The Play Museum is a free children's area at the Illinois State Museum-Springfield. Hours are Monday-Saturday (9:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m.) and Sunday (1:00 to 5:00 p.m.). Find out more ...



  ISM System Events: History   

Nature Track: Mound Survey
ISM Dickson Mounds Museum
Saturday, May 24, 2014, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

The most obvious evidence of the prehistoric past of the area is manifest by earthworks built for a variety of purposes. Find out more ...


Nature Explorers Camp for Kids
ISM Dickson Mounds Museum
Wednesday, June 25, 2014 - Thursday, June 26, 2014, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Explore the past and the present in the Illinois River Valley. Learn how people lived in this area and utilized its resources over thousands of years. Find out more ...


Nature Track: Geology Tour
ISM Dickson Mounds Museum
Saturday, June 28, 2014, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Learn about the geology of the Lewistown-Havana area, and how the Illinois River Valley was formed. Find out more ...


Paul Mickey Science Series: Purging for Purity: Black Drink Ceremonialism at 12th Century Cahokia
ISM Research & Collections Center
Wednesday, May 14, 2014, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Presented by Dr. Thomas E. Emerson, Illinois State Archaeological Survey

Black Drink is one of many caffeine-containing beverages consumed by people around the world.  Made from the parched leaves and stems of the yaupon holly, it was drunk in formal and ceremonial contexts by native societies across the southeastern United States. Find out more ...


Lockport Old Canal Days Festival
ISM Lockport Gallery
Saturday, June 14, 2014 - Sunday, June 15, 2014, 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM

ISM Lockport Gallery will be open special hours on Saturday, June 14, from 11am to 5 pm and extended hours, Sunday, June 15, from 11am to 5 pm, during the Canal Days festival for viewing of the exhibition Civil War Quilters: Loyal Hearts of Illinois.

Find out more ...


Finding Hallowed Ground: America's Civil War Sites Today
ISM Lockport Gallery
Sunday, July 13, 2014, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

The audience will be treated to an interactive presentation as author Michael Weeks shares not only his personal experiences, but information about traveling to the sites and the rewards of being “on hallowed ground.” Book signing after. Find out more ...


John Siblik "River Weaving"
ISM Lockport Gallery
Sunday, July 27, 2014, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

A “How’d They Do That?” event, come hear directly from the artist about the temporary outdoor installation “River Weaving” IN the Illinois & Michigan Canal. Find out more ...


Curator's Tour and Public Reception
ISM Lockport Gallery
Sunday, August 10, 2014, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

All are welcome to participate in a gallery walk-n-talk led by Angela Goebel-Bain, Curator of Decorative Arts and curator of the exhibition “Loyal Hearts.” The Curator will focus on the stories of selected objects in the exhibition. Find out more ...


Civil War Nurse, Clara Barton
ISM Lockport Gallery
Sunday, September 28, 2014, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

History comes to life in this first-person portrayal by historian Leslie Goddard. Clara Barton earned fame as the first woman to serve as a nurse on the front lines of a battlefield. Find out more ...


Please note that event dates are subject to change.
To confirm dates, please call the appropriate site.

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