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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 -- May 06, 2014 to October 17, 2014

The Illinois State Museum Lockport Gallery’s new 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 ...

Currently on exhibit at the ISM Lockport Gallery from May 06, 2014 to October 17, 2014

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



Hot Science Gallery -- June 21, 2014 to December 31, 2014

Distress Calls: Birds of Illinois chronicles the plight of the Passenger Pigeon and the lessons learned from its extinction as well as highlights recently released research by ISM zoologist H. Find out more ...

Currently on exhibit at the Illinois State Museum, Springfield from June 21, 2014 to December 31, 2014

Please note that exhibit dates are subject to change.
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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 -- June 21, 2014 to October 05, 2014

A Rural Lens: Photographs of Frank Sadorus
Self-taught photographer Frank Sadorus (1880-1934) captured on glass plate negatives the seemingly idyllic existence of a central Illinois farm family. Find out more ...

Currently on exhibit at the Illinois State Museum, Springfield from June 21, 2014 to October 05, 2014

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   

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 ...


Open House
ISM Dickson Mounds Museum
Sunday, September 14, 2014, 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM

See the development of three new exhibits Native American history 1673-1832; early American Settlement 1800-1830; and the Emiquon Gallery. Find out more ...


Rendezvous Encampment
ISM Dickson Mounds Museum
Saturday, October 04, 2014 - Sunday, October 05, 2014, 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM

Learn what life was like on the Illinois frontier during the Spoon River Scenic Drive.

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Rendezvous Encampment
ISM Dickson Mounds Museum
Saturday, October 11, 2014 - Sunday, October 12, 2014, 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM

Learn what life was like on the Illinois frontier during the Spoon River Scenic Drive.

Find out more ...


Native American Game Day
ISM Dickson Mounds Museum
Sunday, October 19, 2014, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Spend an afternoon enjoying a variety of intellectually stimulating and physically challenging Native American games. Find out more ...


Kid's Day
ISM Dickson Mounds Museum
Saturday, November 08, 2014, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Ancient Art in Illinois - Discover the variety of art people created long ago. Enjoy hands-on activities and crafts to take home. Find out more ...


Nature Trek: Telling Time in Ancient North America
ISM Dickson Mounds Museum
Sunday, September 07, 2014, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

On Sunday, September 7, 1:00 p.m., Bill Iseminger, Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site, will describe how humans have been measuring time for thousands of years. Find out more ...


Ancient Earthworks of Ohio: 2014 Archaeology, History, & Natural History Bus Trip
ISM Research & Collections Center
Thursday, October 09, 2014 - Saturday, October 11, 2014, 7:00 AM - 8:00 PM

Dr. Michael Wiant, Director of Dickson Mounds Museum will be the study leader for the trip.

Join us as we discover the mysteries of the prehistoric mound builders in southern and central Ohio. Find out more ...


Brownbag Lectures: Unlocking the Mystery of Edwards Place
ISM Research & Collections Center
Wednesday, September 03, 2014, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Presented by Erika Holst, Springfield Art Association

Built in 1833, Edwards Place is the oldest house in town. Find out more ...


IVAS Lecture Series
ISM Dickson Mounds Museum
Wednesday, September 03, 2014, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Dr. Jodie A. O’Gorman, Chairperson of the Department of Anthropology at Michigan State University and current researcher at the Illinois State Museum, will present a talk titled: “Morton Village: New Views on the Intersection of Oneota and Mississippian Worlds” at the Wednesday, September 3, 2014 meeting of the Illinois Valley Archaeological Society. Find out more ...


Paul Mickey Science Series: Morton Village: New Views on the Intersection of Oneota and Mississippian Worlds
ISM Research & Collections Center
Wednesday, September 10, 2014, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Presented by Dr. Jodie A. O'Gorman, Associate Professor and Chair of Anthropology, Michigan State University

Understanding the larger social context for elevated levels of violence that have been documented for late prehistory in the Central Illinois River Valley has been the over-arching goal guiding research at the Morton Village excavations for the past seven years. Find out more ...


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

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