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Sunday, November 19, 2017

Historic churches to be honored

ISHS SESQUICENTENNIAL CHURCH PROGRAM EXTENDED THROUGH BICENTENNIAL

The ISHS 2016 Sesquicentennial Church Awards Program was a great success, but we still haven't heard from many churches that were established in 1868 or earlier in Illinois history. Our goal for the state bicentennial is to recognize ALL church congregations and houses of worship organized in Illinois during the first 50 years of statehood (or earlier). If your church or synagogue has not had the opportunity to participate in this program, click here for the application. Please share it with any congregations you think might be eligible! Deadline for application submission is December 31, 2017. If you have questions, please call us at 217-525-2781 or contact us officemanager@historyillinois.org.

Previous Recipients

Year Established Name City Year Recognized by ISHS
1866 First Evangelical Presbyterian Church Anna 2016
1841  West Twin Grove Christian Church Bloomington 2016
1848  Dutch Ridge Missionary Baptist Church Carbondale 2016
1836  Carlock Christian Church Carlock 2016
1841  Mt. Vernon United Methodist Church Champaign 2016
1835  First United Methodist Church Chester 2016
1859  St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church Darien 2016
1866 First Congregational United Church of Christ Dwight 2016
1841 Holy Cross Evangelical Lutheran Church East Carondelet 2016
1837  Fairview Reformed Church Fairview 2016
1831  First Presbyterian Church Galena 2016
1854 Oak Valley Free Will Baptist Church Geff 2016
1866  St. Malachy Catholic Church and School Geneseo 2016
1832 First Presbyterian Church of Green Valley Green Valley 2016
1854  Bankston Fork Missionary Baptist Church Harrisburg 2016
1851 Boyd's Grove United Methodist Church Henry 2016
1865 Immanuel Lutheran Church Hinckley 2016
1865 St. Paul Community Church Homewood 2016
1826  Indianola Comm. United Methodist Church Indianola 2016
1842 Mechanicsburg Christian Church Mechanicsburg 2016
1857 First United Methodist Church Morrisonville 2016
1824  Berlin Christian Church New Berlin 2016
1865 First United Methodist Church of Normal Normal 2016
1865  Pinckneyville First Baptist Church Pinckneyville 2016
1848  Wheatland Presbyterian Church Plainfield 2016
1842  Trinity Lutheran Church Red Bud 2016
1864 Houston United Methodist Church Rushville 2016
1848 Sangamon Valley Presbyterian Church Rushville 2016
1864 Trinity Lutheran Church Shumway 2016
1854 First United Methodist Church Tayloville 2016
1857  Williamsville United Methodist Church Williamsville 2016
1843 St. Joseph Church Wilmette 2016
1825 First Baptist Church Winchester 2016

Year Established
Name City Year Recognized by ISHS
1853 Frankfort United Methodist Church Frankfort 2010
1857 Holy Family Parish Chicago 2010
1828 First Baptist Church of Edwardsville Edwardsville 2010
1853 Gary Memorial United Methodist Church Wheaton 2010
1860 Salem United Church of Christ Alhambra 2010
1822 Wabash Presbyterian Church Allendale 2010
1850 Augustana Lutheran Church Andover 2010
1832 Indian Point Presbyterian Church Athens 2010
1842 Lake Fork United Church of Christ Atwood 2010
1829 Modesto Baptist Church Auburn 2010
1858 St. Peter Lutheran Church Benson 2010
1855 Second Presbyterian Church Bloomington 2010
1859 Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church Bonfield 2010
1835 Pisgah Presbyterian Church Bridgeport 2010
1839 Shiloh Baptist Church of Bridgeport Bridgeport 2010
1841 Berean Baptist Church Bunker Hill 2010
1842 First Congregational Church of Bunker Hill Bunker Hill 2010
1836 First Presbyterian Church of Lewistown Canton 2010
1854 First Presbyterian Church of Carbondale Carbondale 2010
1853 First United Methodist Church of Champaign Champaign 2010
1831 First Methodist Episcopal Church of Chicago Chicago 2010
1842 Second Presbyterian Church of Chicago Chicago 2010
1858 St. Paul's United Church of Christ Chicago 2010
1858 Trinity United Methodist Church Chicago 2010
1851 North Danvers Mennonite Danvers 2010
1834 Central Christian Church of Decatur Decatur 2010
1852 First Presbyterian Church Decatur 2010
1842 Earlville United Methodist Church Earlville 2010
1841 St. Andrew's Episcopal Church Edwardsville 2010
1842 St. Marys Church Edwardsville 2010
1836 First Congregational Church Elgin 2010
1836 First United Methodist Church of Elgin Elgin 2010
1858 Elvaston Presbyterian Church Elvaston 2010
1859 Faith Lutheran Church Forreston 2010
1860 North Grove Evangelical Church Forreston 2010
1850 St. James Evangelical Lutheran Church Forreston 2010
1850 Garden Plain Presbyterian Church Fulton 2010
1856 Presbyterian Church of Fulton Fulton 2010
1846 Westminister United Presbyterian Church Galena 2010
1856 First Lutheran Church Geneseo 2010
1838 Havana First United Methodist Church Havana 2010
1858 First Presbyterian Church of Homewood Homewood 2010
1843 Lyonsville Congregational United Church of Christ Indian Head Park 2010
1838 First Congregational Church of Kewanee Kewanee 2010
1837 Lacon Congregational United Church of Christ Lacon 2010
1858 Lanark United Methodist Church Lanark 2010
1833 First Christian Church Lawrenceville 2010
1843 White House Christian Church Lawrenceville 2010
1836 Zion United Methodist Church Lawrenceville 2010
1832 First Presbyterian Church Macomb 2010
1832 Malta United Methodist Church Malta 2010
1837 St.John's United Church of Christ of Johannesburg Maryville 2010
1843 St. Pauls United Church of Christ Mokena 2010
1832 Community United Church of Christ Morton 2010
1847 Mounth Carroll United Methodist Church Mount Carroll 2010
1825 United Methodist Church of Murphysboro Murphysboro 2010
1855 First Congregational Church of Neponset Neponset 2010
1844 Congregation of Central Presbyterian Church New Lenox 2010
1835 United Methodist Church of New Lenox New Lenox 2010
1819 Barney's Prairie Christian Church Noble 2010
1826 First Presbysterian Church Omaha 2010
1859 Congregation Anshai Emeth Peoria 2010
1836 First Baptist Church of Peoria Peoria 2010
1845 First Christian Church Peoria 2010
1834 First Federated Church of Peoria Peoria 2010
1834 United Presbyterian Church of Peoria Peoria 2010
1834 Farmindale Presbyterian Church Pleaseant Plains 2010
1856 St. Patrick Catholic Church of Rochelle Rochelle 2010
1853 Trinity Church Rock Island 2010
1852 Court Street United Methodist Church Rockford 2010
1849 Second Congregational United Church of Christ Rockford 2010
1860 St John's Evangelical Lutheran Church of Somonauk Somonauk 2010
1830 Central Baptist Church of Springfield Springfield 2010
1821 First United Methodist Church Springfield 2010
1841 Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church Springfield 2010
1841 Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church Springfield 2010
1835 Westminister Presbyterian Church Springfield 2010
1838 Zion Missionary Baptist Church Springfield 2010
1818 St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church St. Francisville 2010
1857 First Congregational United Church of Christ Sterling 2010
1838 First United Methodist Church Sterling 2010
1860 Sumner Congregational Christian Church Sumner 2010
1837 Edgington Presbyterian Church Tarlor Ridge 2010
1858 Tinley Park United Methodist Tinley Park 2010
1859 Trinity Lutheran Church Tinley Park 2010
1846 First Congregational Church of Toulon Toulon 2010
1835 First United Methodist Church of Urbana Urbana 2010
1849 Waltham Presbyterian Church Utica 2010
1859 Mt.Olive Baptist Church Virginia 2010
1841 Holy Cross Lutheran Chruch of Wartburg Warerloo 2010
1857 Bethlehem United Church of Christ of Sutter Warsaw 2010
1834 Washington Presbyterian Church Washington 2010
1855 SS Peter and Paul Catholic Church Alton 2013
1821 Centenary United Methodist Church Jacksonville 2013
1852 Berea Christian Church Ashland 2013
1863 Atkinson Congregational Church Atkinson 2013
1837 First Baptist Church of Bloomington Bloomington 2013
1837 First Christian Church Bloomington 2013
1855 Second Presbyterian Church Bloomington 2013
1856 Bushnell United Methodist Church Bushnell 2013
1855 Camden United Methodist Church Camden 2013
1856 First Christian Church Centralia 2013
1856 First United Presbyterian Church Centralia 2013
1835 First Presbyterian Church Charleston 2013
1835 Wesley United Methodist Church Charleston 2013
1861 Congregational Church of Jefferson Park Chicago 2013
1833 First Presbyterian Church of Chicago Chicago 2013
1842 First Congregational Church Crystal Lake 2013
1858 Holy Family Roman Catholic Caongregation Danville 2013
1853 First Presbyterian Church Dixon 2013
1825 Reno Bethel Presbyterian Church Donnellson 2013
1838 Harding United Methodist Church Earlville 2013
1835 Centenary United Methodist Church Effingham 2013
1858 St. Anthony of Padua Effingham 2013
1860 St. Mary Help of Christians Effingham 2013
1832 Eureka Christian Church Eureka 2013
1850 First Baptist Church Fairview Heights 2013
1822 Bethel Church Griggsville 2013
1852 First Congregational Church Huntley 2013
1827 First Presbyterian Church Jacksonville 2013
1830 Jacksonville Asbury United Methodist Church Jacksonville 2013
1857 St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church Jerseyville 2013
1857 Clarksville Baptist Church Marshall 2013
1844 First Congregational Church Moline 2013
1830 Sugar Tree Grove Presbyterian Church Monmouth 2013
1862 First Christian Church Mount Carmel 2013
1838 Ivanhoe Congregational Church Mundelein 2013
1833 First Congregational United Church of Christ Naperville 2013
1860 Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church Ottawa 2013
1835 First United Methodist Church Palatine 2013
1846 St. John United Church of Christ Palatine 2013
1855 St. Jospeh Catholic Church Peroria 2013
1837 First Congregational Church Peru 2013
1862 First Presbyterian Church Piper City 2013
1852 Immaculate Conception Church Pittsfiled 2013
1848 First United Presbyterian Church Polo 2013
1860 Pine Creek Christian Church Polo 2013
1841 Prarie City First Presbyterian Church Prarie City 2013
1839 St.Peter Catholic Church Quincy 2013
1858 Raritan Baptist Church Raritan 2013
1838 First Congregational Church Rockton 2013
1849 Ebenezer United Methoidst Church Samsville 2013
1843 St. Paul African Methodist Episcopal Church Springfield 2013
1858 Park Presbyterian Church Streator 2013
1855 Rariton Reformed Church Stronghurst 2013
1837 Jonathan Creek Christian Churh Sullivan 2013
1836 Sycamore United Methodist Church Sycamore 2013
1838 Little Grove Christian Church Walnut Hill 2013
1845 Marion Christian Church West Salem 2013
1860 Catholic Church of St. Mark's Winchester 2013
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