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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 ...



Footprints Through Time: Artists Inspired by History -- March 02, 2015 to July 10, 2015

Today's environmentalists urge the current generation of humans to live sustainably and work for the benefit of future generations. However, prior to modern scientists developing the "carbon footprints" concept, indigenous peoples embraced the concept of the interconnectivity of all people and nature.

Footprints Through Time: Artists Inspired by History exhibition tells stories that broadly communicate the cultural and environmental landscape of Illinois today and in the past. Find out more ...

Currently on exhibit at the ISM Chicago Gallery from March 02, 2015 to July 10, 2015

Please note that exhibit dates are subject to change.
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Hot Science Gallery: The Science of Extinction -- April 10, 2015 to September 10, 2015

The elephant in the room is that one day, if we aren’t careful, the elephant will never be in the room again. Extinction is forever – at least for now. Find out more ...

Currently on exhibit at the Illinois State Museum, Springfield from April 10, 2015 to September 10, 2015

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



temporary | PERMANENT Gallery: Pro-Text Additions from the Collection -- Opening May 24, 2015

Complimenting and building on the theme of the main exhibition Pro-Text: When Words Enter Visual Art, this exhibition features visual art from the ISM Fine Art Collection. Find out more ...

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temporary | PERMANENT Gallery: Remembering Lincoln -- February 01, 2015 to May 17, 2015

The iconic image of Abraham Lincoln appears in various forms among the collections of the Illinois State Museum. To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the death of Abraham Lincoln and his funeral in Springfield, this exhibition will feature rarely seen objects that honor the memory of our 16th president. Find out more ...

Currently on exhibit at the Illinois State Museum, Springfield from February 01, 2015 to May 17, 2015

Please note that exhibit dates are subject to change.
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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   

Edgar Lee Masters Program Series: Understanding Illinois Burial Grounds and Cemeteries
ISM Dickson Mounds Museum
Saturday, June 13, 2015, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Event Location:
Oak Hill Cemetery, Lewistown, IL

Cemeteries are places with specific above ground visual and material features including graves, grave markers, landscaping, fences, and a recognizable spatial arrangement. Find out more ...


Nature Trek: Experience a Voyageur Canoe
ISM Dickson Mounds Museum
Saturday, July 11, 2015, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Join us and bring your friends because we’ll need a lot of people to paddle a 28 and 34 foot voyageur canoe! Find out more ...


Celebrate the Summer Solstice
ISM Dickson Mounds Museum
Sunday, June 21, 2015, 6:00 AM - 6:30 AM

Join us (5AM-6:30AM) as we welcome the beginning of summer. We’ll watch the sunrise and enjoy a bonfire and live music by New Age musician Paul Adams, as we learn about how past and present people around the world recognized the significance of the position of the sun at particular times of the year.

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Nature Adventure Camp for Kids!
ISM Dickson Mounds Museum
Tuesday, June 16, 2015 - Thursday, June 18, 2015, 8:30 AM - 1:30 PM

Experience the Illinois River Valley. Participants may hike, canoe, bird watch, collect water samples, and learn how ancient and historic people used the resources of the land to survive. Find out more ...


Nature Explorers Camp for Kids!
ISM Dickson Mounds Museum
Tuesday, June 23, 2015 - Thursday, June 25, 2015, 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 Trek: Mound Survey
ISM Dickson Mounds Museum
Saturday, May 16, 2015, 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

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


Illinois Valley Archaeological Society Lecture
ISM Dickson Mounds Museum
Wednesday, May 06, 2015, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Dr. Thomas J. Loebel, Illinois State Archaeological Survey, will present a talk titled “The Secret Lives of Paleoindians: Ice Age Social and Ritual Systems in the Western Great Lakes” at the Wednesday, May 6, 2015, meeting of the Illinois Valley Archaeological Society. The presentation begins at 7:00 p.m. Find out more ...


Edgar Lee Masters Program Series: The Small-Town Experience in Spoon River Anthology
ISM Dickson Mounds Museum
Sunday, May 17, 2015, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Dickson Mounds Museum is hosting a lecture, “The Small Town Experience in Spoon River Anthology”, as part of the 100th Anniversary of the Spoon River Anthology program series, on Sunday, May 17, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. Find out more ...


Please note that event dates are subject to change.
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