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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.
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 ...



temporary | PERMANENT Gallery: Remembering Lincoln -- February 01, 2015 to May 10, 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 10, 2015

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



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   

Super Saturdays at the Museum: Wonder Women in History
Illinois State Museum, Springfield
Saturday, March 14, 2015, 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Throughout history, women played an important role in making the world a better place. Find out more ...


Celebrate Cultural Diversity
Illinois State Museum, Springfield
Saturday, March 21, 2015, 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Family Event
11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Free and Open to the Public

Join us for a celebration of Illinois' cultural diversity. Find out more ...


Dickson Mounds Museum offers Bus Trip: Day of the Drum Festival
ISM Dickson Mounds Museum
Saturday, March 14, 2015, 7:30 AM - 9:00 PM

Participate in a day-long bus trip to Champaign-Urbana for the Day of the Drum Festival at the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts on Saturday, March 14, 2015. Find out more ...


Brownbag Lectures: Rediscovering the Ogden-Fettie Site
ISM Research & Collections Center
Wednesday, March 04, 2015, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Presented by Dr. Michael Wiant, Director, ISM Dickson Mounds Museum

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Brownbag Lectures: The Last Documented Living Participant in the 4 May 1865 Funeral of President Abraham Lincoln
ISM Research & Collections Center
Wednesday, April 01, 2015, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

The Biology and History of the Lincoln Vault Oak

Presented by Guy Sternberg, Director, Starhill Forest Arboretum of Illinois College

The last documented living participant in the President's Springfield funeral was the tree known as the Lincoln Vault Oak that shaded the funeral choir. Find out more ...


Illinois Valley Archaeological Society Lecture: The History, Theory, and Application of Carbon 14 Dating
ISM Dickson Mounds Museum
Wednesday, March 04, 2015, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Dr. Michael Conner, Curator of Archaeology, will present a talk titled: “The History, Theory, and Application of Carbon 14 Dating” at the Wednesday, March 4, 2015 meeting of the Illinois Valley Archaeological Society. Find out more ...


Paul Mickey Science Series: Filling in the Blanks: Social Reform Movements and the Life of Martha Ann Blanks
ISM Research & Collections Center
Wednesday, March 18, 2015, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

PLEASE NOTE: LECTURE WILL BE HELD ON THE THIRD WEDNESDAY OF MARCH RATHER THAN THE SECOND

Presented by Deanda Johnson, Midwest Regional Coordinator, National Park Service, National UGGR Network to Freedom Program, Omaha, Nebraska

Martha Ann Blank’s (née Pelham) 1880 death certificate lists her occupation as “housewife.” While the title of “housewife” places her within the domesticity that defined “true womanhood” and was central to notions of black progress, it seemingly obscures her important contributions as an African American female activist. Find out more ...


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

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