History Web Exhibits
- A Family Farm Album: Photography of Frank Sadorus
- The wonderful photographer Frank Sadorus lived and worked on a farm in eastern Illinois. He was an amateur photographer who chronicled his life and times. The three galleries in this exhibit feature his work and historical farm implements.
- At Home in the Heartland
- Learn about home life in Illinois from 1700 to the present in six eras, illustrated by the Museum's collections of objects from homes. At Home is an interactive web site that teaches concepts of history focused on the choices people have made in their lives.
- Audio-Video Barn: Oral History of Illinois Agriculture
- The Audio-Video Barn is full of stories about Illinois agriculture. It contains audio and video recordings of more than 130 oral-history interviews with people involved in agriculture and rural life in Illinois. It was produced by the Illinois State Museum's Oral History of Illinois Agriculture (OHIA) project. The OHIA project is generously supported by a National Leadership Grant from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).
- Changes: Dynamic Illinois Environments
- Earth forces are continually at work causing change. Climate, land, and living things are all connected. They interact with each other in complex ways. Even a small change can start a chain reaction that, over time, has big effects. Scientists study how Illinois' environment has evolved over the last 500 million years and how it continues to change even today. This online version of the Illinois State Museum's natural history hall explores the scientific evidence for environmental change in Illinois. This is available both as a flash-based interactive version, and also a non-flash version.
- Harvesting the River
- This rich Web exhibit features the economic history of the central Illinois River communities from Liverpool to Meredosia. It includes waterfowl hunting, commercial fishing, ice harvesting, and musseling. The transportation section includes information about the many kinds of boats that plied the river, early railroads, and plank toll roads. There are short histories of the six towns along the river.
- Journey to Other Worlds
- This Web exhibit presents vintage photographs and articles describing the everyday and shamanistic life among the native people of Siberia. Quicktime images allow viewers to see all sides of artifacts. Learn about the domestic and spiritual life of these little-seen indigenous people of Russia.
- Lewis and Clark in Illinois
- Learn about what Lewis and Clark did, whom they met, and what they saw in Illinois during the winter of 1804 when they were preparing for their epic journey to the West.
- Morton D. Barker Paperweight Collection
- Morton D. Barker, a resident and businessman of Springfield, donated his collection of classical paperweights to the ISM in 1976. The collection of over 150 objects includes excellent examples of millefiori, lampwork, and sulphides. The major glass factories of France and the United States are represented. Learn how each type of paperweight was made.
- MuseumLink Art Web Exhibits
- The Web exhibits are: Three Chicago Painters - Emil Armin, Bertrude Abercrombie, and Julia Thecla; Two Illinois Photographers - Nathan Lerner and Frank Sadorus; Illinois Quilts and Quilters - Learn about the different styles, eras, and patterns of quilts; Illinois Folk Art - pottery, textiles, paintings, and sculpture made by untrained and trained artists in the 19th century; Victorian Furniture; Themes in Art and Folk Art - Abundance, Remembrance, Coming of Age, and Sense of Place
- MuseumLink Forests of Illinois
- The Forests online exhibit includes information about prehistoric, historic, and contemporary forests of Illinois. The six types of forests are described and can be viewed in panoramas. The importance of fire, water, and conservation are emphasized. Lesson plans cover forest layers, pollen graph, leaf collection, dye plants, and forests as inspiration for art and literature. There is a field guide to native Illinois trees.
- MuseumLink Native American Module
- Learn about the Archaic, Woodland, Late Prehistoric and historic eras of Native American lifeways in Illinois. Lesson plans include the topics of foodways, architecture, clothing, rituals, symbols, and games. This is the most thorough exhibit on the Web of Illinois-related Native American information. Activities are also provided for the Cub Scout and Boy Scout badges.
- Museumobile and ISM History
- This exhibit features several articles about the beginnings of the ISM in the 19th century, its growth, and the new natural history exhibit Changes. One page features information and images of the Museumobile, a travelling museum that brought exhibits to the rural areas of Illinois in the 1950s and 60s.
- Of Time and the River
- "Of Time and the River" is an educational Web site combining geology, archaeology, history, environmental science, and the changing ecology of the Illinois River to tell the story of this river during 12,000 years of human use. Our focus is a problem known as Non-point Source Pollution - pollution in the Illinois River from diffuse sources and not from a single point of origin nor introduced into the river from a specific source.
- State Symbols of Illinois Web Exhibit
- This exhibit features most of the official Illinois state symbols. Each symbol has a page of background. There is an interactive multiple choice game. There are also lesson plans for elementary students that help them become familiar with each symbol.
- Anthropology Exhibit: Illinois State Museum, Springfield
- 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: Illinois State Museum, Springfield
- 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 ...
- Manierre Dawson: A Journey to Abstraction -- Opening December 10, 2017: Illinois State Museum, Springfield
The Illinois State Museum proudly presents Manierre Dawson: A Journey to Abstraction. This exhibition features 16 original oil paintings by this artistic pioneer from the Illinois State Museum’s Fine Art Collection.
Even today, when searching through art history text books on the subject of inventing modern abstraction, it is unlikely that you will find the name Manierre Dawson (1887-1969). Find out more ...
Please note that exhibit dates are subject to change.
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- Peoples of the Past: Illinois State Museum, Springfield
- Life-sized dioramas and finely crafted artifacts bring to life Illinois' rich Native American heritage. Find out more ...
- The Mary Ann MacLean Play Museum: Illinois State Museum, Springfield
- The Play Museum is a free children's area at the Illinois State Museum-Springfield. Hours are Tuesday-Saturday (10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.) and Sunday (1:00 to 4:30 p.m.) Closed Monday. Find out more ...