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A Johnny Appleseed Tree for McLean County

A Johnny Appleseed Tree for McLean...

Jeff Woodard and Bill Kemp of the McLean County Museum of History...

A Johnny Appleseed Tree for McLean County

A Johnny Appleseed Tree for McLean County

Jeff Woodard and Bill Kemp of the McLean County Museum of History plant their apple tree in Bloomington.
Frank Zajicek family farm on the west side of the Old Troy Road

Frank Zajicek family farm on the...

Members of the Zajicek family gather around the farmstead in the...

Frank Zajicek family farm on the west side of the Old Troy Road

Frank Zajicek family farm on the west side of the Old Troy Road

Members of the Zajicek family gather around the farmstead in the middle of a busy work day.
Nelson Montgomery farm

Nelson Montgomery farm

Owners Nelson and Eleanor Kindred Montgomery were among pioneer...

Nelson Montgomery farm

Nelson Montgomery farm

Owners Nelson and Eleanor Kindred Montgomery were among pioneer Madison County families and were married there in 1838.  Their home was featured in a lithograph in the 1873 Madison County Atlas and is...

 

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Celebrating 200 Years: The Illinois Bicentennial

Macon County Conservation District

  • 30 November 2017
  • Author: Elaine Evans
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Celebrating 200 Years: The Illinois Bicentennial
A new exhibit, "Celebrating 200 Years: The Illinois Bicentennial" is now open in the exhibit hall at Rock Springs Nature Center. In honor of the Illinois Bicentennial in 2018, the exhibit celebrates the first 200 years of Illinois history. In "Celebrating 200 Years," you can learn about the early years in Illinois’ history and discover a very different state from the one we know today. One section of the exhibit explores how Illinois became a state in 1818 and the people who worked to make it possible. You can meet famous Illinoisans from Abraham Lincoln to Enrico Fermi and discover the stories of how people from this state have made history. You can also see many fascinating objects from Illinois history, including a ticket from the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair and a program from the 1929 Macon County Centennial Pageant, on loan from the Macon County History Museum. "Celebrating 200 Years" is currently open to visitors, and you can see it through January 31, 2018. 

Admission to the exhibit and Rock Springs Nature Center is free.
Rock Springs Nature Center is open Monday-Wednesday and Friday, from 8am-5pm; Thursday, 8am-8pm; Saturday, 9am-5pm; and Sunday, 1-5pm.

More information can be found at www.maconcountyconservation.org.

Location:
North Exhibit Hall
Rock Springs Nature Center
3939 Nearing Lane 
Decatur, IL 62521 (Map
Email: kunruh@maconcountyconservation.org
Phone: 217-423-7708
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