Sunday, May 20, 2018


Since 2010, the Illinois State Historical Society (ISHS) has recognized Illinois houses of worship that have served their congregations continuously for 150 years or more. 

The ISHS Sesquicentennial House of Worship Awards Committee invites potential sesquicentennial houses of worship to complete an application and return it, along with appropriate documentation and a non-refundable payment of $50 (administrative fee), to the ISHS. The administrative fee supports the work of the ISHS, a private not-for-profit organization that receives no tax dollars from state government bodies. 

Each recognized house of worship will receive a certificate from the Illinois State Historical Society recognizing its sesquicentennial anniversary and have its history recorded at the Society as well as at the Illinois State Library for the use of future researchers. Recognized houses of worship will be honored at a special luncheon.

We look forward to recognizing your house of worship as part of our state’s history.

Deadline for application submission is December 31. Please share it with any congregations you think might be eligible! If you have questions, please call us at 217-525-2781 or contact us at

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Previous Recipients

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Name City Year Established
Ashmore United Presbyterian Church Ashmore 1841
Atkinson Congregational Church Atkinson 1863
Augustana Lutheran Church Andover 1850
Bankston Fork Missionary Baptist Church Harrisburg 1854
Barney's Prairie Christian Church Mount Carmel 1816
Barney's Prairie Christian Church Noble 1819
Berea Christian Church Ashland 1852
Berean Baptist Church Bunker Hill 1841
Berlin Christian Church New Berlin 1824
Bethel Church Griggsville 1822
Bethlehem United Church of Christ of Sutter Warsaw 1857
Boyd's Grove United Methodist Church Henry 1851
Bushnell United Methodist Church Bushnell 1856
Camden United Methodist Church Camden 1855
Carlock Christian Church Carlock 1836
Catholic Church of St. Mark's Winchester 1860
Centenary United Methodist Church Effingham 1835
Centenary United Methodist Church Jacksonville 1821
Central Baptist Church of Springfield Springfield 1830
Central Christian Church of Decatur Decatur 1834
Clarksville Baptist Church Marshall 1857
Community United Church of Christ Morton 1832
Congregation Anshai Emeth Peoria 1859
Congregation B'nai Sholom Quincy 1864
Congregation of Central Presbyterian Church New Lenox 1844
Congregational Church of Jefferson Park Chicago 1861
Court Street United Methodist Church Rockford 1852
Dutch Ridge Missionary Baptist Church Carbondale 1848
Earlville United Methodist Church Earlville 1842
Ebenezer United Methodist Church Samsville 1849
Edgington Presbyterian Church Taylor Ridge 1837
Elvaston Presbyterian Church Elvaston 1858
Eureka Christian Church Eureka 1832
Fairview Reformed Church Fairview 1837
Faith Lutheran Church Forreston 1859
Farmingdale Presbyterian Church Pleasant Plains 1834
First Baptist Church Winchester 1825
First Baptist Church Fairview Heights 1850
First Baptist Church of Bloomington Bloomington 1837
First Baptist Church of Edwardsville Edwardsville 1828
First Baptist Church of Peoria Peoria 1836
First Christian Church Peoria 1845
First Christian Church Lawrenceville 1833
First Christian Church Bloomington 1837
First Christian Church Centralia 1856
First Christian Church Mount Carmel 1862
First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Albion 1840
First Congregational Church Elgin 1836
First Congregational Church Moline 1844
First Congregational Church Peru 1837
First Congregational Church Rockton 1838
First Congregational Church Crystal Lake 1842
First Congregational Church Huntley 1852
First Congregational Church of Bunker Hill Bunker Hill 1842
First Congregational Church of Kewanee Kewanee 1838
First Congregational Church of Neponset Neponset 1855
First Congregational Church of Toulon Toulon 1846
First Congregational United Church of Christ Naperville 1833
First Congregational United Church of Christ Sterling 1857
First Congregational United Church of Christ Dwight 1866
First Evangelical Presbyterian Church Anna 1866
First Federated Church of Peoria Peoria 1834
First Lutheran Church Geneseo 1856
First Methodist Episcopal Church of Chicago Chicago 1831
First Presbyterian Church Decatur 1852
First Presbyterian Church Omaha 1826
First Presbyterian Church Macomb 1832
First Presbyterian Church Galena 1831
First Presbyterian Church Springfield 1828
First Presbyterian Church Lincoln 1857
First Presbyterian Church Piper City 1862
First Presbyterian Church Jacksonville 1827
First Presbyterian Church Dixon 1853
First Presbyterian Church Charleston 1835
First Presbyterian Church of Carbondale Carbondale 1854
First Presbyterian Church of Chicago Chicago 1833
First Presbyterian Church of Evanston Evanston 1868
First Presbyterian Church of Green Valley Green Valley 1832
First Presbyterian Church of Homewood Homewood 1858
First Presbyterian Church of Lewistown Canton 1836
First United Methodist Church Sterling 1838
First United Methodist Church Springfield 1821
First United Methodist Church Taylorville 1854
First United Methodist Church Morrisonville 1857
First United Methodist Church Chester 1835
First United Methodist Church Palatine 1835
First United Methodist Church of Champaign Champaign 1853
First United Methodist Church of Elgin Elgin 1836
First United Methodist Church of Normal Normal 1865
First United Methodist Church of Urbana Urbana 1835
First United Presbyterian Church Centralia 1856
First United Presbyterian Church Polo 1848
Fourth Presbyterian Church of Chicago Chicago 1849
Frankfort United Methodist Church Frankfort 1853
Garden Plain Presbyterian Church Fulton 1850
Gary Memorial United Methodist Church Wheaton 1853
Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church Springfield 1841
Harding United Methodist Church Earlville 1838
Havana First United Methodist Church Havana 1838
Holy Cross Evangelical Lutheran Church East Carondelet 1841
Holy Cross Lutheran Church of Wartburg Waterloo 1841
Holy Family Parish Chicago 1857
Holy Family Roman Catholic Congregation Danville 1858
Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church Bloomington 1853
Homer United Methodist Church Homer 1839
Houston United Methodist Church Rushville 1864
Immaculate Conception Church Pittsfield 1852
Immanuel Lutheran Church Hinckley 1865
Immanuel Lutheran Church Mokena 1850
Indian Point Presbyterian Church Athens 1832
Indianola Comm. United Methodist Church Indianola 1826
Ivanhoe Congregational Church Mundelein 1838
Jacksonville Asbury United Methodist Church Jacksonville 1830
Jonathan Creek Christian Church Sullivan 1837
KAM Isaiah Israel Congregation Chicago 1847
Lacon Congregational United Church of Christ Lacon 1837
Lake Fork United Church of Christ Atwood 1842
Lanark United Methodist Church Lanark 1858
Lane Christian Church Lane 1850
Little Grove Christian Church Walnut Hill 1838
Lyonsville Congregational United Church of Christ Indian Head Park 1843
Mackinaw Christian Church Mackinaw 1837
Main Baptist Church Aurora 1867
Malta United Methodist Church Malta 1832
Marion Christian Church West Salem 1845
Mechanicsburg Christian Church Mechanicsburg 1842
Modesto Baptist Church Auburn 1829
Mouth Carroll United Methodist Church Mount Carroll 1847
Mt. Olive Baptist Church Virginia 1859
Mt. Vernon United Methodist Church Champaign 1841
New Lebanon Baptist Church Kilbourne 1868
North Danvers Mennonite Danvers 1851
North Grove Evangelical Church Forreston 1860
Oak Valley Free Will Baptist Church Geff 1854
Park Presbyterian Church Streator 1858
Pinckneyville First Baptist Church Pinckneyville 1865
Pine Creek Christian Church Polo 1860
Pisgah Presbyterian Church Bridgeport 1835
Prairie City First Presbyterian Church Prairie City 1841
Presbyterian Church of Fulton Fulton 1856
Raritan Baptist Church Raritan 1858
Raritan Reformed Church Stronghurst 1855
Reno Bethel Presbyterian Church Donnellson 1825
Rock Creek Presbyterian Church Tallula 1822
Salem United Church of Christ Alhambra 1860
Sangamon Valley Presbyterian Church Rushville 1848
Second Congregational United Church of Christ Rockford 1849
Second Presbyterian Church Bloomington 1855
Second Presbyterian Church Bloomington 1855
Second Presbyterian Church of Chicago Chicago 1842
Shiloh Baptist Church of Bridgeport Bridgeport 1839
SS Peter and Paul Catholic Church Alton 1855
St John's Evangelical Lutheran Church of Somonauk Somonauk 1860
St. Andrew's Episcopal Church Edwardsville 1841
St. Anthony of Padua Effingham 1858
St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church Jerseyville 1857
St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church St. Francisville 1818
St. James Evangelical Lutheran Church Forreston 1850
St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church Darien 1859
St. John United Church of Christ Mascoutah 1843
St. John United Church of Christ Palatine 1846
St. John's Episcopal Church Decatur 1855
St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church Bath 1845
St. John's Lutheran Church of Christ Mendota 1858
St. John's United Church of Christ Mokena 1843
St. John's United Church of Christ of Johannesburg Maryville 1837
St. Joseph Catholic Church Peoria 1855
St. Joseph Church Wilmette 1843
St. Malachy Catholic Church and School Geneseo 1866
St. Mary Help of Christians Effingham 1860
St. Mary's Catholic Conception Bloomington 1867
St. Mary's Church Edwardsville 1842
St. Patrick Catholic Church of Rochelle Rochelle 1856
St. Paul African Methodist Episcopal Church Springfield 1843
St. Paul Community Church Homewood 1865
St. Paul's United Church of Christ Chicago 1858
St. Peter Catholic Church Quincy 1839
St. Peter Lutheran Church Benson 1858
Sugar Tree Grove Presbyterian Church Monmouth 1830
Sumner Congregational Christian Church Sumner 1860
Sycamore United Methodist Church Sycamore 1836
Temple Brith Sholom Springfield 1867
Temple Sholom of Chicago Chicago 1867
Tinley Park United Methodist Tinley Park 1858
Trinity Church Rock Island 1853
Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church Springfield 1841
Trinity Lutheran Church Tinley Park 1859
Trinity Lutheran Church Shumway 1864
Trinity Lutheran Church Red Bud 1842
Trinity United Methodist Church Chicago 1858
Union Church of Hinsdale Hinsdale 1862
Unitarian Universalist Church of Bloomington-Normal Bloomington 1859
United Methodist Church of Murphysboro Murphysboro 1825
United Methodist Church of New Lenox New Lenox 1835
United Presbyterian Church of Peoria Peoria 1834
Wabash Presbyterian Church Allendale 1822
Waltham Presbyterian Church Utica 1849
Wapella Christian Church Wapella 1867
Washington Presbyterian Church Washington 1834
Wayman African Methodist Episcopal Church Bloomington 1843
Wesley United Methodist Church Sterling 1867
Wesley United Methodist Church Charleston 1835
West Twin Grove Christian Church Bloomington 1841
Westminster Presbyterian Church Springfield 1835
Westminster United Presbyterian Church Galena 1846
Wheatland Presbyterian Church Plainfield 1848
White House Christian Church Lawrenceville 1843
Williamsville United Methodist Church Williamsville 1857
Woodland Church Fairmount Twp., Pike Co. 1867
Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church Bonfield 1859
Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church Ottawa 1860
Zion Missionary Baptist Church Springfield 1838
Zion United Methodist Church Lawrenceville 1836
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